Natural Hair & Swimming - Summer Curl Tips

Natural Hair & Swimming - Summer Curl Tips

Mother and Daughter Enjoying the Day at the Beach

Summertime is synonymous with beach days and poolside lounging, but for those with natural curly or coily hair, it can also mean dealing with specific challenges. The combination of sun, water, and heat can cause dryness, frizz, and damage to our beautiful curls and coils. However, with the right care and precautions, you can enjoy the sun and water without compromising your hair's health. In this article, we will discuss essential beach and pool hair care tips and tricks specifically tailored for types 3 and 4 hair, helping you maintain gorgeous and manageable locks throughout the summer.

There's a good hair day equation in the summer time - Prep + Protect + Moisture = Healthy Summer Curls - read on for more tips and tricks  to help keep your curls rockin' all summer. 

 Woman on phone at beach on a sunny day

Prepping Before Hitting the Beach or Pool:

  • Deep condition prior to exposure: Before heading out, treat your hair to a nourishing deep conditioning session. This will help fortify your strands with moisture and strengthen them before the potential drying effects of the sun and water.
  • Protective styling: Consider braiding, twisting, or putting your hair in a bun to protect it from excessive exposure to the sun and water. This will help minimize damage and reduce tangling.
  • Apply a leave-in conditioner: Coat your hair with a leave-in conditioner containing UV protection. This will provide an additional layer of moisture and shield your hair from the sun's harmful rays.
Temperature sensors safeguard curls and prevent  heat damage.

Protecting Your Hair from Sun Damage

  • Wear a hat or headscarf: Shield your hair and scalp from direct sunlight by wearing a wide-brimmed hat or wrapping a headscarf. This will help prevent dryness and protect your hair color if you've recently dyed it.
  • Avoid prolonged sun exposure: Limit your time under the scorching sun, especially during peak hours. Seek shade periodically to give your hair a break from the intense heat.
  • Use products with UV filters: Look for hair care products specifically formulated with UV filters. These products help protect your hair from sun damage and minimize color fading.

Minimizing Chlorine and Saltwater Damage

  • Rinse with fresh water beforehand: Wet your hair with fresh water before diving into the pool or ocean. This helps reduce the absorption of chlorinated or saltwater, preventing excessive dryness and damage.
  • Coat your hair with a protective layer: Apply a thin layer of natural oil or leave-in conditioner to your hair before swimming. This acts as a barrier, reducing the amount of chlorine or saltwater that penetrates your strands.
  • Rinse and condition immediately after swimming: As soon as you finish swimming, rinse your hair thoroughly with fresh water. Follow up with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to restore moisture and prevent any lingering chlorine or salt buildup.
Woman wearing sunglasses enjoying the beach

Post-Beach or Pool Hair Care

  • Gentle cleansing: Use a sulfate-free or moisturizing shampoo to cleanse your hair after exposure to the beach or pool. This helps remove any residual salt, chlorine, or product buildup without stripping away essential moisture.
  • Deep conditioning treatment: Treat your hair to a deep conditioning treatment once a week to replenish lost moisture and nourish your strands. Look for products with hydrating ingredients like shea butter, aloe vera, or coconut oil.
  • Detangle with care: After washing your hair, use a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to gently detangle your curls or coils. Start from the ends and work your way up to prevent breakage.
  • Moisturize and seal: Apply a leave-in conditioner or a moisturizing cream to damp hair to lock in moisture. Follow up with a natural oil or butter to seal the moisture and add shine.

Maintaining healthy and beautiful curls during beach and pool days may seem hard, but it is achievable with proper care and attention. By prepping your hair beforehand, protecting it from sun damage, minimizing exposure to chlorine and saltwater, and following a post-care routine, you can enjoy the water while keeping your curls and coils moisturized, frizz-free, and resilient. Embrace the summer with confidence, knowing that your hair is in great shape to withstand the beach and pool adventures that await you!

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