First of all, I'm glad to hear your hair is looking awesome. That is great.
I've eyed the Jasmin's shea butter as a leave-in for some future time. I may actually have to order some one day.
I like your idea of a using a cyclo...-cone-xand before swimming. I honestly have no idea if this is a good plan or not. Here is a link on evaporating cyclo...-cone-xanes. There is a chance your cuticle will buckle.
curl chemist on a-cone
Chelating agents can help remove chlorine. You may want to look for products that contain them. There are threads if you do a search. I'm not familiar with any products. They may only be in shampoos.
Chelating ingredients listed on last 1/3 of this post
I can't find the link on this, but cliff notes version. Brushing does temporarily distribute oil on the hair, but cause small amounts of permanent damage to the hair cuticle every time you do it. The damage is more damage then the benefits of the oil distribution.
That being said, do what works for your hair. I promise I won't send the CG police to your house.
Check this thread for updo styles.
(a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
Cowash: Tresemme naturals
Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
Curl enhancer: FSG
Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers