I started swimming three times a week for health reasons. My hair has been natural for 5 years now and it’s reasonably healthy but I am afraid the chlorine might dry out and eventually damage my hair. Do you have any advice?
It is great that you are being proactive with the health of your hair. When coming in contact with chlorine, it is imperative to take care how you maintain your tresses.
First, wet your hair before going in the pool and add a little oil. This will shield your hair from the chlorine in the water.
Second, wear a swim cap even if it doesn’t keep the water from getting to your hair.
Third, make sure that you shampoo the chlorine out of your hair whenever it comes in contact, use mild, coconut oil based shampoos.
Forth, do regular hot oil treatments with natural oils. This will add elasticity and moisture to your hair to prevent unnecessary dryness.
Fifth, stay away from products with petroleum, mineral oil, sulfates, castile soap, and beeswax ~ these ingredients are notorious for robbing the hair of moisture and nutrients.
Sixth, have your ends professionally trimmed every six weeks. This will prevent the ends from splitting and causing the hair to appear more dry and unmanageable. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Jamilah – President & CEO Saniyyah…Naturally®, LLC
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