Curly girls and chorine from swimming

I've been through many of the posts on chorine and being curly. I won't be able to get a swimming cap til August, as well as most of the products suggested in the other threads. Likely will be buying the AO shampoo for swimmers and a good conditioner to leave in while swimming as well as the cap. In the meantime I have some questions that I haven't found info on yet (or lots of conflicting info).

Does having low porsity help with minimizing how much chorine is sucked in, or does that have no affect?

Until I have the money for new products, will baking soda and acv rinse help take care of the chorine in my hair? I am wetting my hair, conditioning, and braiding my hair prior to getting into the pool.

Is there anything else I can do to protect my hair until I can get the right products?

Since those threads are at least a year old:

any new or newly discovered HG products for pool swimmers?

Favorite caps for thick wavy curls?

Thanks everyone!
Could you not just order a super cheap swimming cap on eBay? The cheapest here are from China 1 ($1.50) including mailing costs. Likely won't last forever but might tide you over until August.

Conditioner is water soluble, you'd like be better with an oil based product. Here in the UK you would not be permitted to swim in a pool with conditioner slathered on your head but no cap, you risk contaminating the pool and feeding the bacteria.

Useful information here from a scientist
THE NATURAL HAVEN: Swimming: Hair Routine

Baking soda is highly alkaline and can saponify (turn to soap) the fats in your skin and hair so horrible for both especially if used regularly. You risk making your hair more porous which is not really what you want to limit damage. I'd use a cheap sulphate swimmers shampoo over that any day of the week, perhaps experimenting with the Movie Star Method (oil shampoo).
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect

Last edited by Firefox7275; 05-21-2013 at 11:58 AM.
Thanks for the info, I'll check it all out. It was actually the gym owner who mentioned the conditioner...as with a lot of things, most Americans simply don't care :/

I'll look into oil, I hadn't thought of that. I actually was very fortunate today, hair care was discussed at play group and one of the other mom's had some Alba coconut shampoo and conditioner that she was throwing out--gonna give that a try and see how it goes.
First of all: I'm not a native speaker so please excuse my English

I go to the pool twice a week and I use a sheabuttercreme for the ends and the lengths of my hair. But I think any other oil will do too.
I use a cap (you really should get one!), but before putting it on, I wet my hair with chlorine-free water.
After training I CO-wash my hair with AO Swimmers Condi, I really love that stuff.
Thanks for the info, I'll check it all out. It was actually the gym owner who mentioned the conditioner...as with a lot of things, most Americans simply don't care :/

I'll look into oil, I hadn't thought of that. I actually was very fortunate today, hair care was discussed at play group and one of the other mom's had some Alba coconut shampoo and conditioner that she was throwing out--gonna give that a try and see how it goes.
Originally Posted by Becca7
Wow, doesn't sound like the gym owner has a pool hygiene certificate! Here in the UK many places ask for you to have a brief water only shower before going in the pool to remove body fat and cosmetic products. Admittedly many customers ignore that, especially the men you can see by the amount of body fat in the showers the day before it is pressure washed!

You can tell a clean pool by the smell, if it smells much of chlorine that is not a good sign, it's the pool chemicals combining with nasties. And never get into a 'foamy' hot tub/ jacuzzi, that also means it is dirty.

HTH.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect

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