Curlies who swim?

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Okay, so I'm on a swim team, which means I swim Monday-Saturday each week. This also means chlorine kills my hair Monday-Saturday each week I have a swim cap, which prevents hair from getting soaking wet but it's still damp and the chlorine still needs to be washed out. There seems to be no way that I can get all the chlorine out with just a cowash or even a regular shampoo actually, so I need to use a chlorine removal shampoo. The one I have, however, contains tons of sulfates and dries out my hair a lot.

Does anyone have suggestions of a chlorine removal shampoo that is cg friendly and relatively cheap??

Also, I would have to use that shampoo every day except Sunday which I'm sure is going to have horrible effects on my hair is there anything I can do to help my hair? DTs and such?


On a completely different note, is KCKT a rinse out conditioner or styling product?? I thought it was for styling but I read in some forum that it can be used as a conditioner as well....

Help would be much appreciated!
I soak mine add a bit of conditioner and place in bun. Swim. When done I rince throughly, once a week (or more) I wash with a baking soda water mix and sometimes follow with an acv rince.

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EDTA will remove chlorine. Many Suave Naturals conditioners contain EDTA. Putting the conditioner in your hair before putting the swimcap on will help to keep the chlorine out, then to remove any that does get in, you only have to rinse out the conditioner, or you can use the conditioner to co wash.
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This link has some great info on chlorine and hair:
science-y hair blog: Your Hair on Chlorine

KCKT is a leave-in conditioner / detangler. You could use it as a rinse-out conditioner but it is not very moisturizing and it is expensive for that purpose. When I use KCKT, I put a small amount (pea-size) in my hair before my styling products. I've seen others report success using a bit more than that, detangling, then rinsing most of it out.
I either low poo or use citric acid rinses. I'm only swimming 2x/wk right now but I hate the feeling of chlorine in my hair!
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EDTA will remove chlorine. Many Suave Naturals conditioners contain EDTA. Putting the conditioner in your hair before putting the swimcap on will help to keep the chlorine out, then to remove any that does get in, you only have to rinse out the conditioner, or you can use the conditioner to co wash.
Originally Posted by raindear
Thanks!! I'm fairly sure my suave conditioner has this too so that's a great help! So if I do this, I don't even have to low poo, correct?
I'm still pretty new to all this, too, but I don't think you will need to worry about a low poo this way. I got the Suave naturals to help with hard water build up in my hair, another thing EDTA (a chelating agent) is supposed to do. It seems to be working so far.
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Texture:Medium/fine
Porosity:Normal
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Experimenting with too many products to name here. All this great info keeps my head spinning.
I'm still pretty new to all this, too, but I don't think you will need to worry about a low poo this way. I got the Suave naturals to help with hard water build up in my hair, another thing EDTA (a chelating agent) is supposed to do. It seems to be working so far.
Originally Posted by raindear
So I tried this today, and since my hair had conditioner before I put on my swimcap, it was slick and the cap popped right off LOL. I tried to put it on several times but it just wouldn't stay :/ I ended up having to wash the conditioner off my hair and some that had got on the swim cap. After swimming, I tried a low poo and cowash followed by regular styling. While my curl pattern was the same, my hair felt reallllly dry. But, some coconut oil fixed that!

So, is there any point putting conditioner on first?
the idea behind applying conditioner first is that your hair will soak up the conditioner, so that when your hair hits the water, not as much of the water and chlorine will get thru the hair shaft.
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the idea behind applying conditioner first is that your hair will soak up the conditioner, so that when your hair hits the water, not as much of the water and chlorine will get thru the hair shaft.
Originally Posted by Rimi
Yup that's why I tried it but the conditioner makes my hair slippery so when I put on my swim cap it pops right off my head!!

Well I wet my hair then put conditioner then my swim cap. Should I try it with conditioner on my dry hair?
Yup that's why I tried it but the conditioner makes my hair slippery so when I put on my swim cap it pops right off my head!!

Well I wet my hair then put conditioner then my swim cap. Should I try it with conditioner on my dry hair?
Originally Posted by Sami
Sami, did you read the link I sent you? Scroll all the way to the bottom for the take home message - which includes putting conditioner on dry hair.
This link has some great info on chlorine and hair:
science-y hair blog: Your Hair on Chlorine
Originally Posted by wavymom
Great article. I don't swim a whole lot, but in the summer time my family spends a lot of time at lakes (boating, wakeboarding, swimming, etc.). The lake water always makes my hair feel so disgusting. I'm thinking the same concepts for protecting hair from chlorine would work to protect my hair from whatever is in the lake water, and condish with EDTA or a citric acid rinse should help remove the stuff too. We're leaving for Lake McConaughy in 10 days (for 10 days of RVing and fun on the lake - I'm sure my hair will be a mess) - will have to test this out.
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Sami, did you read the link I sent you? Scroll all the way to the bottom for the take home message - which includes putting conditioner on dry hair.
Originally Posted by wavymom
Oops, I didn't go all the way to the bottom. And, thanks that really helped, great article!!!!
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Sami, did you read the link I sent you? Scroll all the way to the bottom for the take home message - which includes putting conditioner on dry hair.
Originally Posted by wavymom
So I tried it on dry hair today like the article said and my swim cap stayed on which was great, but when I got in the water, I guess a little water got under my swim cap and mixed with the conditioner making it very sloppy and therefore my cap kept falling off once again
So I tried it on dry hair today like the article said and my swim cap stayed on which was great, but when I got in the water, I guess a little water got under my swim cap and mixed with the conditioner making it very sloppy and therefore my cap kept falling off once again
Originally Posted by Sami
Maybe you could try either using less conditioner, or giving the conditioner more time to soak into your hair before putting on the cap. If you keep experimenting, you'll get the right routine for it.
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Texture:Medium/fine
Porosity:Normal
Elasticity:Normal

Experimenting with too many products to name here. All this great info keeps my head spinning.
Abbey Organic makes a swimmers shampoo and conditioner. Not sure if it is CG friendly but you may want to check it out.

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Abbey Organic makes a swimmers shampoo and conditioner. Not sure if it is CG friendly but you may want to check it out.

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Originally Posted by KinkyRN
I think you mean Aubrey Organics
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I think you mean Aubrey Organics
Originally Posted by Rimi
LOL, maybe.
I searched abbey organic and I couldn't find anything
i swim every day all year and have been CG since 2004. my hair is about BSL and 3B gray. i use a combo of CO and jojoba oil pre swim, let it dry a few min before putting on the long hair silicone cap which stays on OK. then i co wash w suave natural CO and do my usual routine. my hair is very healthy no problems--i swim in lake water and ocean water too in summer as well as chlorine pool. if i am hanging out in salt water or beach environments i just squirt some oil and CO on after swimming and let it get greasy and full of sand, then shower at end of day. summer is great!! dont let worrying about hair ruin one moment of fabulous fun time...
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i swim every day all year and have been CG since 2004. my hair is about BSL and 3B gray. i use a combo of CO and jojoba oil pre swim, let it dry a few min before putting on the long hair silicone cap which stays on OK. then i co wash w suave natural CO and do my usual routine. my hair is very healthy no problems--i swim in lake water and ocean water too in summer as well as chlorine pool. if i am hanging out in salt water or beach environments i just squirt some oil and CO on after swimming and let it get greasy and full of sand, then shower at end of day. summer is great!! dont let worrying about hair ruin one moment of fabulous fun time...
Originally Posted by banjocurl
Thanks for the advice!!

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