I had a few questions about what the heck to do when on vacation and you wanna get in the pool or ocean.
Swimming with natural hair doesn’t have to be a challenge- and now that we are proud curlies- we should embrace our ability to enjoy a good splash! And it doesn’t mean you HAVE to have a protective style- you can enjoy some fun in the sun, cause spirals are meant for swimming!
Avoiding damage and swimming your Natural hair (or fancypants expensive weave)- is SUPER easy with these simple steps. I tested out my method recently:
I’m in Negril, Jamaica this week (I will say this as many times as I can! Hahaha!) with my very beautiful- recent university graduate- curly sister- The Mini,
The key with this method- is to avoid the absorption of high saline (salty ocean) or chlorinated (chemical pool) water by your dry natural hair. If the water can’t get in- you can’t get damage! 😉
5 Steps to Beach/Pool Proof Curls!
1. Wet your hair in the shower: Having hair that is already saturated with water, minimizes the amount of moisture your hair can absorb from the sea (salt) or pool (chlorine)- this is key, as having your natural hair absorb tap water is significantly better than drying it out with salty/chemical water.
2. Apply some ‘cheapie’ conditioner (Aussie Moist). Don’t over apply, just a good coating- you don’t have to ‘see’ the conditioner. This helps seal in the moisture, and soften the strands. Put your hair in a bun.
3. Do Not Rinse: You want to keep that extra coating of conditioner softening goodness, for after your swim,
4. Go swimming! Pool or Ocean! Splash, play, aquarobics- live it up, and don’t stress about your strands.
5. When you’re finished- rinse out your conditioner immediately using fresh water in the shower. If you have time, give your hair a cowash and do your moisturizing regimen (on vacay- that’s just kinky curly, and Crisco Creme!- in that order!). If you don’t have time- rinse, bun and go- wash as soon as you have time.
That’s it- the fun, warm weather freedom, of curly hair!
Have fun this summer, Curlies!