Swimming and Afro Hair Part IIISaturday, April 13, 2013
Back to the pool again this Easter and I have updated my swim regime a bit since my last post, Swimming and Afro Hair Part II. Swimming is a great way to get exercise it burns of the calories, works all the muscles in your body and boosts metabolism. This type of exercise is also less stressful on your bones and muscles due to the weightless effect that you get when immersed in water.
- If you get the chance the night before , cat your hair in coconut oil. Coconut Oil is absorbed into the strand and stops the hair swelling with water once it is wet.
- Wet the hair with fresh water again trying to prevent the chlorinated water getting into your hair.
- Before swimming I coat my hair in Shea Butter, this is a new discovery for me. Shea Butter provides a protective barrier from chlorine and isn't as easily washed out as a conditioner which is what I was using before.
- Jamaican Black Castor Oil is also a very thick oil that can coat the hair before going into the water and if you are short of shea butter this can also be used.
- I keep a 30ml pot of Hug My Hair's Vintage in my Swim Bag to use on my hair. Contains both Shea Butter and JBCO.
- A protective style like cornrows or twists stops water getting to your hair quite so easily.
- If you have one wear a swim cap. It might not prevent the chlorinated water getting to your hair altogether but the exposure will be much less.
- Rinse the hair throughly when you leave the pool.
- Use a shampoo with citric acid or phytic acid in the ingredients. I am not so keen on Swimmers Shampoos as they are incredibly drying but there are some natural swimmers shampoos (eg Aubrey Organics Swimmers Shampoo or California Baby's swim shampoo) that I might try in the future.
- Apple Cider Vinegar Rinses are also good for removing chlorine deposits.
- Condition with a Protein Reconstructor and/or a moisturising conditioner.