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I’ve been swimming longer than I have been natural but I really didn’t know how to take care of my natural hair after a swim. I would notice that my hair would be dry, breaking and very very tangled. After my last swim, I had to visit a professional to help me out and advice me on what to do with my hair. Luckily for me, Apples and Oranges has a natural hair salon and I got an appointment 🙂

After explaining my issues to the stylist, he helped me out with a couple of treatments (you can see it all on my Youtube channel) and gave me some advice on how to deal with my natural hair when I go swimming. I thought it was only fair to share them with you all as you guys are my peoples plus these tips will change your life and help your hair. Here are 5 simple tips for protecting your natural hair before and after swimming.

1. Coat your hair using oil

Coat your strands with a thick oil (such as coconut oil)  at home before you leave the house for the pool/beach. Your hair will absorb the oil and this will help strengthen the hair shaft to provide extra protection against the chlorine/sea water.

2. Saturate your hair before you jump in

Before you jump into the pool, head to the shower and soak your hair with water. Wetting your hair before swimming will help to reduce the amount of chlorine your hair absorbs.

3.  Style before you hit the beach/pool

This is something I wish I did often. Having your hair in a protective style will prevent tangling and minimize chlorine absorption. Choose an easy style such as flat twists or two-strand twists.

4. After the swim, wash your hair 

After a swim, wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo. It will remove the chlorine and build-up in your hair. My favorite clarifying shampoo is the Shea Moisture Sacha Inchi Rescue & Rebuild Shampoo (one of the brands Apples and Oranges uses in the salon)

5. Deep Condition and Moisturize

Restore moisture to your hair after swimming by deep conditioning your hair. Use a deep conditioner that will hydrate your hair strands. After DP, make sure to seal and protect your strands using an oil or butter to help your hair retain moisture. The Olori Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment is one of my favorites.

There you go – 5 simple tips to help your natural hair before and after a swim. I already do a few of these but I’m going to incorporate the rest of the tips for my next swim. Thanks to Apples and Oranges for helping me with my hair last min. Please visit their natural hair salon if you need a treatment or styling – they really revived my hair from the dead and make me look human again.

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