Summer is almost here! And as we open our pools and plan trips to the beach, it is important to keep your hair protected so it stays healthy before and after swimming. This article will discuss tips for keeping your hair looking great, and protected from harsh pool chemicals or saltwater.

Before Swimming

Plan ahead with these tips to protect your hair before you jump in.

Long Hair? Braids or Bun

Wrapping your hair into braids or a bun can help reduce the risk of having a tangled nest of hair at the end of your swim.

Wet Your Hair Before Swimming

Rinsing your hair before swimming can give your hair some much-needed saturation before you go into the water. If your hair is full of freshwater, it won’t absorb as much chlorinated water from the pool. Additionally, a freshwater spray down will help reduce the salt damage to your hair from the beach. Consider dipping your head under the beach showers near the boardwalk first.
Lastly, oils can be a good way to protect your hair from salt. After wetting your hair with fresh water, consider applying a small amount of coconut or jojoba oil to your hair. This helps create a protective layer that keeps salt out.

Consider Wearing a Swimming Cap Or Sun Hat

They might not be Instagram-worthy, but a good swim cap is a lot less expensive than a ruined hairdo. If you are not planning on getting your head wet, consider wearing a sun hat. This will help protect your hair and face from harsh UV rays.

After Your Swim

When you are done swimming, follow these tips to keep your hair in good condition.

Wash Your Hair Well

It is important to wash your hair as soon as possible after swimming. Chlorine can continue to damage your hair the longer it sits on your head. This is especially true if you are sitting in the sun.

Use a Leave-In Conditioner After Swimming

After washing your hair, use a leave-in conditioner to help restore moisture and repair damage. If you plan on sunbathing after your swim, look for a leave-in conditioner with SPF built-in.

Use a Wide-Toothed Comb

Wide-toothed combs can move through wet, tangled hair easily. Gently work your way through your locks. The wide teeth of the comb will help fight frizziness while avoiding breakage.

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