Friday, May 13, 2011

Let's Talk Hair..Protecting Your Natural Tresses While SWIMMING



Hola Chicas/Chicos..I pray all is well with everyone.

Well, today we are discussing a great topic on the importance of protecting our tresses while swimming. The weather is getting hot and summer is right around the corner and we would love to indulge in that cool crisp chlorine-filled goodness. But as much as we will enjoy that dip in the pool, we have to protect our natural tresses...want to hear how?? Here it goes.


Protecting Your O'Natural While Swimming:
  • Rinse: Rinse your hair in tap water before and after getting in the swimming pool. Hair that is already wet cannot absorb the chemical laden water so this will lessen the effect of the chlorine on your hair. Rinse your hair again immediately after getting out of the pool to remove any chemicals that may be in your hair.
  • Just say no to shampoo: Don't shampoo your tresses before you enter! While water helps you out, shampoo can strip your hair of the natural oils and other grime that can act as a barrier between hair and chemicals.
  • NeemOil: If you swim often, use neem oil on hair before swimming to protect and hydrate.
  • Protective Styles: Braid or twist and pull back your hair before getting in the pool. This allow less of your hair to be exposed to the water.
  • Swimming Cap: Consider wearing a swimming cap in the pool. Many people think they are unattractive, but being unattractive for just a little while is worth the trade-off of protecting your hair. Even after taking these previous steps, if you swim on a daily basis, your hair will need even more protection. A swimming cap may be uncomfortable and may not keep your hair completely dry and chlorine free, but it will present a reliable barrier most of the time.
  • Condition: Coating hair with a natural oil such as Coconut oil the night before and again in the morning before swimming provides an extra protective barrier as well as preventing hair from swelling while wet.
  • Clarify: Use a special treatment like the Bentonite Clay or a natural earth wash such as Terressentials earth wash shampoo after swimming in chlorine filled pools.
Ok, Lovely Naturals..I hope this helps. Now that we've been equipped with some know how of how to protect our tresses..let's go have some fun and swim swim swim...


Have A Happy Healthy Swimming Day!


credits: some of info www.e-how.com

10 comments:

  1. this is right on time...I am going swimming in a few hours and searched online for wearing natural hair while swimming. Thanks for a great post!

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  2. Thank you for commenting, Mocha Bella

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  3. Great article thank you so much!!But umm what is NEEM Oil and where can I get it. -~ clairemyst

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  4. Neem is one of the absolute best essential oils for healing the scalp and preventing infections..It's one of the best defenses for dry scalp and dandruff. It can be purchased at your local health food store, herb shop, vitamin shop or online at wwww.mountainroseherbs.com, www.texasnaturalsupply.com...hope this helps

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  5. Dominique, do you have to shampoo everytime you go swimming?

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  6. I'm teaching swim everyday of the week this summer and have been really trying to keep my hair healthy. Excellent article! I'll try these!

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  7. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neem_oil#Toxicity
    I read a little bit about the use of Neem Oil. It's not recommended for women who are trying to have a baby or currently pregnant. At least according to wikipedia. That is to say, if you're using a new product make sure that you research it first. Just to be safe!

    I use coconut oil on my hair and my body and it keeps the chlorine at bay pretty well.

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  8. I love this article!!! Thanks so much

    Got a question about the conditioner to put in hair before going swimming...is it leave-in conditioner or the conditioner that goes with my shampoo?? (Hope that makes sense) thanks

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  9. So, Neem is great, except for one thing... THE SMELL! Its awful and gets in your hair scarves, pillow cases and pillows. My step-father slept on the couch when my mother used it on her hair! Is there anything that can be done to combat the smell, so we don't have to sleep alone?

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  10. @ Monique..I do wash whenever I swim..if I swim in a salt water pool, I just co wash

    @Anon July 4 11:31PM...Thanks so much for that tip!! And based on research, many times they post these precautions due to lack of knowledge as to how it will respond with an unborn child..or there are herbs that will cause the uterus to contract..

    @ nappybynature..I never buy a conditioner that is specifically labeled 'leave in' I always use whatever conditioner that I co wash with as my leave in..From a marketing standpoint, many of the leave ins are the same as the conditioners that are not labeled leave in

    @ Anon July 5 7:34..Yessss, you are absolutely correcto..Neem sticks to high skies..I actually make an oil blend with neem added..I also add lemongrass which holds a stronger fragrance, so it drowns out the smell and you can't smell it at all..hope this helps

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