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Sunday, June 12, 2016

How To Protect Natural Hair From Chlorine This Summer

How To Protect Natural Hair From Chlorine This Summer

Summer is here and so are the desires to stay cool and have some serious water play. Back when I was younger, we hardly made it to pools but we are certainly in a different time now and with all the traveling black folks are partaking in, we are hitting the pools and the beaches with a vengeance. 

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There are some things to worry about like caring for you hair with all the chemicals in pools like chlorine. Chlorine is used to kill the germs that can breed in swimming pool water and cause illnesses.  It's a necessity but being necessary in one way can still be dangerous in another.  

"The chlorine in pools sucks the sebum out of your hair, which may cause the cuticle to crack. This damage causes your hair's natural sheen to diminish, and the unprotected cortex to potentially "split," creating split ends."www.goaskalice.columbia.edu

There are several ways to protect the hair before swimming in chlorine as well as taking care of it after swimming.  It really boils down to who you ask and trust but there are some basic steps that most experts will agree on:


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Wet Hair 
Wet the hair with tap water prior to swimming. This will keep the hair from soaking up the chlorinated water or much less than if hair was dry.



Add Conditioner
Coat the hair with conditioner before you go swimming.  I've heard some people apply Coconut oil prior to swimming and I assume it has the same intention as adding conditioner.  The point is you need something to help block the chlorinated water from penetrating the hair.


Swim Cap
Wear a swim cap or bathing cap.  This is also another barrier but the hair will get wet.  That's not the purpose of the cap.  It's just another barrier.  


Rinse Hair Immediately After Swimming 
It is imperative that you at least rinse your hair after swimming even if you are not able to wash it immediately. That is get some of the chlorine out of the hair ASAP and that allow less time for the chemicals to damage your strands.


Wash hair With Clarifying or Swimmer's Shampoo
No cleansing conditioner is going to properly remove the chemicals from your hair. You need a clarifying shampoo or a swim shampoo to fully remove the chlorine and whatever else may have been in the pool with you.  Ion Swimmer's Shampoo and Trimswim Shampoo are popular choices.

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Being smart and taking the necessary precautions before swimming this summer will allow that gorgeous Natural hair to stay healthy.  It may take a little extra time but not seeing a mass of straw on your head instead of hair or not seeing your hair down the shower drain will make those extra steps worthwhile.  

Happy Swimming Naturals,
Sabrina



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