Chlorine & curls

Calling all swimmers!

Hi guys,

I swim a lot (4/5x a week) and was wondering if anyone had any tips/ comments/ ideas about what's best for curly hair when swimming.... Just a general discussion...

I have to wash my hair after every swim but try to stick to natural shampoos (not sure if co poo would get chlorine out?...). Other than this my hair is in good condition, all natural and I let it do its thing... I plop and SOTC, sometimes diffuse... I'm 2c, fine hair, high porosity.

Any experiences/comments are welcome!

Thanks
Laura
What I do is wet my hair with tap water first, then apply a bit of oil or conditioner especially on the ends. Not too much though as you can get a oil slick forming around you that does not look good! Other people might wonder what's up!

The water first is important since you are saturating your hair like a full sponge and won't absorb further water as much. I don't use shampoo, but co-wash and that seems to be more than fine. I'd never like to shampoo again (except a couple times a year) let alone 3-4 times a week. Getting rid of shampoo was the number one best I thing I did for my hair health.

If you really do feel the need to shampoo try at least diluting it in a cup of water (or an old plastic bottle) and pour that over your hair for even distribution. You can use a lot less product that way.

Enjoy the swimming!
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I found this article which may help you with ideas. They do say to use a sulfate free cleanser still. I've known some people who just add conditioner each time they get out of the pool.

Swimming With Curly Hair
3B - Fine/Norm - Norm Elas/Por - Protein friendly?

For Me:
Weekly Low-Poo: SM Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo
CoWash:
Rinse-Out: Suave Naturals Rosemary Mint
Leave-In: SM Coconut & Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk - Giovanni Light Leave In*
Style: Curls Goddess Curl Gel* SM Coconut & Hibiscus Souffle*

For my Curly Babies:
CoWash: L`Oreal Paris Hydracharge Cleansing Conditioner

* Currently Testing
Thanks for the feedback I wet my hair before swimming but had never thought of adding some oil - am trying this next time!

I'm seriously thinking of dumping the shampoo... Scary stuff!!

Thanks again!

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