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The Ultimate Guide To Swimming With Natural Hair

If you have natural hair, you can enjoy the pool, too. This guide details everything you need to do to protect your hair from chlorine exposure during a pool day.

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Before Swimming

Step 1: Wet Your Hair.

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Thoroughly spritz your hair with a water bottle to dampen your hair.

Step 2: Section Your Hair.

Section your hair into four parts.

Step 3: Style Your Hair.

  1. Apply a generous amount of condition to each section of your hair. 
  2. Style each section of your hair into braids or twists.
  3. Apply oil and grease to your hair. Apply oil to the length of your braids or twists. Apply grease to your scalp and ends of your braids or twists. (Thoroughly lubricating your hair will make it a difficult for chlorine to easily absorb into your hair).
  4. Pull the braids or twist back into a bun.

Step 4: Cover your hair.

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Cover your hair in a shower cap then a swimming cap. 

After Swimming

When you hop out the pool, you should hop into one of the pool showers to rinse off your body and hair leaving the braids or twists in your hair.

When You Get Home

When you get home after swimming, rinse out your hair again and apply a deep conditioner. When you rinse out the deep conditioner, shampoo, condition, and style your hair as normal.

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