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How To Protect Your Natural Hair While Swimming


How To Protect Your Natural Hair While Swimming:

It's summer and it’s time to head to the beach, river, lakes, pool, go on vacation or even staycation. Point is, we're all going into some form of water bodies to enjoy ourselves this season. While we are having fun, we often neglect our tresses. Our hair may suffer from damage from the chlorine, saltwater and mineral deposits in the various water. 

Chlorine is similar to bleach as it is very drying to our scalp and hair. So if we stay for a long period over consecutive days without protecting our hair, our hair will start to take a turn for the worse. Also, saltwater and the mineral deposits will attach to your hair strands are take away the moisture from it. Thus, leaving your hair and scalp dry and brittle and making it prone to damage. And, we all know that moisture is key. To avoid any form of damage, we have to protect our hair while we are swimming. 

Here are 4 ways to protect your natural hair while swimming:
1. Drench Your Hair In Conditioner/Deep Conditioner - Firstly you would drench your hair in water (pipe only). Then, apply an inexpensive deep conditioner or conditioner that you don't mind wasting to your hair. Ensure to coat all of your hair strands in it. Then, it's time to swim. The product will act as a barrier on your hair to prevent the water from penetrating it. Thus, reducing any form of damage that it can cause to your tresses. 

2. Keep Your Hair In Braids/Twist - Another way to protect your natural hair by swimming is to keep your hair in braids or twists.  After you apply your product, place your hair into two or four braids or twists. The braids/twists will keep your natural hair protected while you swim because it acts as a barrier between your hair strands and the water. Also, it reduces the surface area that the water can penetrate because your hair is wrapped against one another.  

3. Wear Satin Lined Shower Cap - There is a new wave of satin lined shower or swim cap trending within the natural hair sphere. Go ahead and purchase one with great reviews, of course. And, place your crown and glory in it for the next time you decide to enter the water. The cap will keep your hair protected under the cap with the satin lining. It will keep the moisture in your tresses while you frolic in the water. While the outerwear which is rubber will protect your hair as well because there is no way the water can touch your hair.

4. Keep Your Hair Up - Your ends are the oldest area of your hair. Therefore, they need to be protected at all cost for us to retain our hair length. Placing your hair up, specifically in a bun will keep your ends protected. How? When you place your hair into a bun, you should be wrapping your ends under the bun or cover it with a satin scrunchie. And this protects the water from reaching it. Thus, prevent any form of damage being done to your tresses.

5. Aftercare - Aftercare is very important when you have natural hair. You want to wash and condition your hair right after swimming. I know that some beauty supply stores do carry swimming shampoos and conditioners that you can try.


  1. What are your favorite conditioners and shampoos? I haven't went swimming at all because Im afraid I'll damage mine. Any suggestions would help.

    1. I have low porosity hair so I use Aztec bentonite clay as my shampoo and tgin triple moisture replenishing conditioner. I would need to know your hair type and porosity to help you because everyone's hair is different.

  2. I avoiding swimming without braids because of the stress this blog brings me lol. But great advice