How To Protect Your Hair When Swimming

   Both sea water and chlorine are damaging to the hair. Yet swimming (or splashing around on the edge) is one of the best parts of summer. I couldn´t give up the beach just for the sake of my hair (BTW I think that the sea totally knocks the socks of any swimming pool, it´s just so sensual. But a lot of people disagree). Here are my tips & tricks for keeping your hair protected while you frolic in the water.

   Before swimming:

  • I spread a teaspoonful of oil between my palms, and coat the hair evenly. The oil forms a protective barrier from the salt or chlorine, lubricates the hair and prevents rubbing & damage, and keeps the hair from drying out too much in the sun. Right now I like a mixture of the light Jojoba oil and the moisturising extra virgin olive oil.

  • Now you can put your hair in a bun on top of your head. This will keep it dry and prevent wet hair from rubbing and tangling. Cute swimming caps are great for the pool.

  • If I plan to wet my head, I wet my hair in the shower before hitting the pool. This is because once the hair has absorbed the sweet water, it will have no space to absorb the chlorinated / salty water.

When Lounging:
  • A hat or a scarf will protect the hair if you are sitting in the sun for a long time.

After Swimming:
  • Wash your hair with a very mild shampoo or just a conditioner. The salt / chlorine will have stripped off oils and dirt, so your hair is already clean. Don´t forget to condition !

   Do you like swimming pools or the beach ? If you have any tips for keeping your hair protected, do share !

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