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Dear Curly Suzy: I have mid-length curly hair and I swim at least 3 times a week. I do wear an cap but I was wondering if I should use any other products to give extra protection. I know you not really supposed to wash the hair too often but because of swimming, I wash it after each swim. Is this the right thing to do? Also could you tell me which shampoo/conditioner to use as there are so many to choose from?

Dear Sue: The best thing to do when your hair is going to be in chlorine is to get it wet first and add a little conditioner. Wet hair absorbs less water, so the chlorine will get into the hair less. The conditioner will help get it moisturized while in the cap. Washing your hair after swimming is okay. Make sure you rinse the chlorine out first right away. The cleansing should be done with a really mild cleanser. Regular shampoos are super harsh for everyday use, especially after you already had chlorine on your hair. So use a clarifying shampoo to get the residual chlorine out maybe once or twice a month. I know this is complicated, so email me if you have questions. Also I would do a deep conditioning once a month to add a little extra love and moisture to your hair. I will give you some product suggestions below.

Good, non-sulfate cleansers: HPO Hair & Body Shampoo Innersense Pure Essential Hair Bath John Masters Organics Evening Primrose Shampoo Max Green Alchemy Scalp Rescue Shampoo

Good clarifying shampoos: Curlisto Aqualizer Elucence Volume Clarifying Shampoo Hair Rules Aloe Grapefruit Clarifying Shampoo

We have so many great conditioners, I had to stop myself from giving you too many options! Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner Curly Hair Solutions Conditioner Spa Hair Conditioner Curl Junkie Curl Theory Moisturizing Hair Conditioner Curlisto Botanical Rinse Max Green Alchemy Scalp Rescue Conditioner

These are some super deep conditioners; use once a week for 30 minutes. Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment Curl Junkie Hibiscus & Banana Deep Fix Moisturizing Conditioner Curlisto Deep Therapy Masque MYHoneyChid Olive You Deep Conditioner

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I swim also, and putting your hair wet in a swim cap.. is a big no no.. the cap slips off. I use powder so it wont slip off.

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