One of the benefits of embracing your natural hair is that you don’t have to plan swimming trips around your hairdressers schedule. The amount of times I have either heard or said the phrase: “I’d swim but I don’t want to get my hair wet/spoil my style”, is quite frankly insane. You don’t have that with natural hair, you don’t have to calculate the money wasted on your hair if you go take a dip. But as with everything regarding natural hair; it’s not quite as easy as it looks.
So I decided to share some tips and tricks with you. Some are from trial and error and others are from a trained professional…You’re welcome
- Use a swim cap like the Swimma, this cap is specially designed for people with big hair, it’s keeps your hair dry and doesn’t pop off due to the sheer volume of follicles you are working with.
- If you are going without a swim cap, Michelle from Stylish Steppers suggests mixing a small about of sunscreen in with your leave in to protect from sun damage.
- Make sure to rinse the seawater/poolwater out of your hair after your swim, so it doesn’t dry out your hair.
- Comb through some conditioner after your swim.
- Detangle your hair with conditioner after your swim, it will help with breakage.
- Tying up your hair makes for less tangles
- If I know I will be swimming often – a weekend at a resort perhaps- I like to do my hair in twists. This way I look presentable despite the chemicals in the water and I can rinse my hair and go.
- Protective styles like braids give you even more freedom, but do remember that the “lifespan” of the style would be decreased quite a bit due to the constant rinsing
- Bring a head wrap to the beach, getting sand in your hair is annoying as heck, getting it into a curly afro, is way worse
- Doing a cute scarf after your swim also means you can go from day to night without feeling self-conscious.
These tips and tricks came in handy this weekend when we had our yearly family get together….See below
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