We’re all for rocking that messy beach hair, but after a long day of dipping in the pool and surfing the ocean waves, sometimes our hair needs a little more love. The effects of salt water and chlorine damage are real! That’s why we took the time to research how we can keep our hair healthy during the summer while not giving up our favorite swimming activities. Here’s some tips for both beginners + pros!
The chemicals in pools aren’t meant for your hair. They’re simply too harsh, so there’s a definite need for solutions. Even salt water from the ocean or salt water pools can cause breakage. Those who especially need to protect their hair from chlorine damage include people with color treated hair, dry hair, thin or fine hair, and previously damaged hair. Any of these are a good indicator that taking special care of your hair when swimming is a must. Still, if none of these seem to be a problem for you it’s still a good idea to get ahead of the game and keep your hair healthy and glossy.
Are we the only ones who think about what hairstyle will work best for swimming? We want to avoid tangles and especially steer clear of damage done by those pesky elastics. Our go-to hairstyle for swimming days are French braids. There’s nothing quite like it that holds your hair in place AND can be easily taken out after swimming. Braided pigtails, crown braids, braided buns -- they’re all effective and the messiness of diving in the water won’t ruin your style. If braids aren’t your thing, try a bubble ponytail or check out our pool to party hairstyles for more tips.
Now that your hairstyle questions are answered, the next step is simple: rinse off your hair before getting into the pool. Most people think rinsing before swimming is just to keep the pool clean, and although that’s absolutely true, it also benefits your hair. Rinsing your hair before swimming coats it in non-chlorinated water, which keeps it from soaking up every ounce of chlorine in the pool. When your hair can only hold so much moisture, why not give it the good stuff first? While you may feel you need to wash it with shampoo beforehand, skip it! Shampoo can react poorly with the chlorine and case even more damaging effects to your hair. So, save the shampoo for after you’re done.
Lastly, we got a tip from many sources that applying a thin layer of coconut oil as a protectant is the way to go. As the coconut oil moisturizes your hair, there’s little to no room for chlorine to soak up. When you get out of the pool your hair will be soft and shiny and with a quick wash, ready to go!
After swimming, the best thing you can do for your hair is washing out chlorine before sitting out to dry in the sun. Chlorine + sunshine is double damage done. So don’t worry, you can still get that suntan on, just take a minute to wash your hair beforehand and you’ll thank yourself. So what’s the best way to wash your hair? With clarifying shampoo. When purchasing a clarifying shampoo, we look for a product that isn’t too harsh, but that will get the job done. Some of the top suggested ones are:
After washing, it’s time to let your locks dry. Blow dryers once again, mean double the damage so give your hair a break and let it dry naturally.
Last of all, if you’re a swimming addict like us, it’s especially helpful to refresh your hair with a deep conditioning treatment about once a week. Whether it’s from a salon or an at home remedy, you’ll be feeling like a queen! Here’s a helpful at home remedy we suggest trying out this summer:
Coconut Oil Hair Mask:
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp. honey
- Plastic cap
- Small microwave bowl
Start by mixing the coconut oil and honey together in a small bowl. Then, microwave the mixture for 30-45 seconds until it's warm. Once the treatment is prepped, you'll want to get in something that can get a little messy (let's be honest, your birthday suit is probably the best option 🤷🏼♀️). When you're ready, start massaging the coconut oil mixture onto the ends of your hair, from the tips working up to your scalp. Once it's worked in, place a plastic cap over your hair for 10-15 minutes to let it soak. After that, viola! It's time to wash and dry your hair as normal and see the results. Silky soft hair, here we come!
There you have it, everything you need to know to give your hair all of the love it needs while swimming! We’d love to hear some of your favorite hairstyles for swimming and tips + tricks to keep your hair looking healthy. Comment down below to share! We’ll be taking extra good care of our hair this summer. Nothing can stop us from taking every chance we get for some fun in the sun!
Kortni Jeane + Team