We will be sipping mimosas all summer long at the poolside with our friends. But don't forget to protect your hair strands in the process. The chlorine from the pool can cause damage to our reses by creating tangles, knots, and split ends. So before you take a dip in the water, follow these natural hair care tips for the poolside.
1. Drench Your Hair With Water
Firstly, drench your curls in water (not pool water). Once the water is absorbed by your curls it will accept only what it needs. The excess or extra which would be the chlorine water trying to be absorbed into the hair shaft will not get in. Therefore, reducing the harsh effects of chlorine which is known to cause damage.
2. Apply Conditioner (RInse OUt Or Deep)
Next, you should drench your hair in a conditioner whether it is a rinse-out or deep. The conditioner is made with molecular that can penetrate the hair shaft to hydrate and moisturize the hair. If you want better protection, then you can use a deep conditioner as it has more antioxidants that your hair will love. Once your curls take what it needs, it leaves little room for the chlorine to be able to penetrate the cuticles.
3. Place Your Hair Into A Protective Style
Poolside protective styles are high buns or ponytails. It doesn't have to be a glamorous hairstyle such as braids or faux locs. The protective style needs to pull all your curls together in one position on your head. This will reduce friction between your curls and the water. As well, it will make it harder for the water to penetrate the innermost part of our hair strands as it is being protected by other hair strands.
4. Use A Heat Protectant
Climate change is affecting everyone so the heat of the sun is increasing every summer. Now more than ever you need heat protectant/sunscreen for your curls. You can use the liquid heat protectant that protects against thermal heat from your hot tools. Will it work? Yes, it will as it protects "up to" 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, if the sun's heat is below that, then the heat protectant/sunscreen can still be effective.
5. Avoid A Swim Cap
We should all know by now that swim caps do not "prevent" water from entering our hair. Water always finds its way in the cap. In addition, the cap will rub against the cuticle layer to cause friction which will result in breakage, knots, and tangle. To avoid the damage, it's best to just keep your curls in a protective style as it will protect the health of your curls more than the cap.
6. Clarify/Deep Cleanse After Your Pool Day
After spending hours at the pool, it's time to clarify your scalp and hair. The chlorine from the pool can build up on your scalp and hair after a couple of hours and/or days. If it stays there long enough, it will cause your hair to become dry, frizzy, tangled, and experience severe breakage. So it's important to cleanse your scalp so that it's able to freely breathe to produce sebum and hair growth. As well as, your hair shaft is cleansed so that can receive hydration from the upcoming products in your regimen.
7. Deep condition
Next up is too deep condition your curls after leaving the pool. You can do it before or after step 4, depending on what you like. As previously mentioned, deep conditioners are rich in minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants that your hair needs. Also, they will be able to penetrate your hair to repair any damage that has been done by the chlorine.
After swimming around in the poo with conditioner in your hair and chlorine interacting with your hair shaft, you should detangle. Detangling will remove all the knots and tangles that we may have encountered while swimming. Also, it is best to detangle with your conditioner as it makes the hair pliable so the comb can glide through easily.
How will you be caring for your curls at the poolside this summer?