We are in the middle of one of the hottest summers. If you live in Durban like me, the heat is almost unbearable. Add the humidity factor and you need a plan to cool down. There is no better way to cool down than a swim in the pool or in of one Durban’s pristine beaches.
Swimming can take its toll on your hair though. Pool chlorine and salty sea water is harsh on your hair. So in order to keep your hair game strong – you need to minimise the damage on your hair from other areas eg. Heat.
I have gathered some tips to help keep your hair healthy and strong this summer when swimming.
1.Before entering the pool / sea – wet your hair and apply a layer of conditioner or oil to your hair, not scalp – this will coat your hair and provide a protective layer to minimise the effects of chlorine / salt on your hair. This prevents it from absorbing chlorine.
- Use cool / warm water in the shower when washing your hair. This will be good for your skin and hair
3.Use hydrating treatments and conditioners. Chlorine dries your hair out.
4.Use a smoothing serum/gel to help with frizz rather than straightening your hair with a flat iron.
5.I have wavy,curly hair TYPE 2B – click here to find out what your hair type is. I love using AUNT JACKIES CURL LA LA DEFINING CURL CUSTARD to remove frizz and it keeps my hair looking great. It enhances the curl pattern of my natural hair.
6.Try to air dry your hair. If you have to use a hair dryer use a heat protectant spray to minimise damage.
- I don’t straighten my hair. I highly suggest you try it at least once. If you do this it will make a great difference to the health of your hair. It will also save you time. If you reserve straightening your hair for special occasions it will be such a treat to look different and polished. Try to embrace the natural texture of your hair even if its only for a day or two. If it becomes to much for you, you can always straighten it at any time. Braids are trending at the moment. Experiment and try different hairstyles instead of just wearing it straight. Braids, high buns and ponys hide frizzy hair well.
Embracing the natural texture of your hair takes time. Play around with different products and experiment with how much of product to add. You wont regret this transition. It is empowering to let go of the notions that society dictates – that only straight hair is beautiful. Wear your natural hair with pride.
- Use weekly hair treatments at home. I am currently enjoying using SHEA MOISTURE STRENGTHEN AND RESTORE JAMAICAN BLACK CASTOR OIL TREATMENT MASQUE. From the name I expected the texture of the product to be horrible. I was actually pleasantly surprised. It is a soft mousse that you apply on towel dried hair. It leaves my hair feeling extra soft and shiny. It needs to stay in your hair for at least 30 mins before rinsing. This is the only snag for me. It is however doable on the weekends.
Life is too short to be sitting in the shade and watching others having fun. Swim, wet your hair and wash it afterwards. It will be worth it. Your kids will thank you. You don’t want them to have memories of their mum always sitting in the shade and watching. You want them to remember the fun, joy and coolest moments in the water.
Make the most of the remaining summer days. The above hair care tips are easy to apply to ensure that your hair looks healthy. With a little TLC you can keep your natural hair looking great this summer.
Share any summer hair care tips that you may have with me in the comments below. Do you spend a lot of time swimming? how do you keep your natural hair healthy? I would love to hear them and try them also.
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