Protecting your kid’s natural hair care while swimming is important, especially in the summer. Protecting natural hair while swimming is one of the number one question parents have for their kids hair in the summer. Even though summer is coming to and end, swimming in the ocean or the chlorinated indoor pools can cause damage to the hair. If you take a few precautionary steps will allow you help keep your natural hair child’s hair healthy while having fun! I will give you some tips on keeping your little ones hair protected while at the pool and some super cute protective hairstyles.
What You Need to Know About Chlorine and Salt Water
Chlorine and salt both have a drying affect on hair because they strip away its natural oils, which leaves your hair exposed to damaging chemicals and loss of moisture. If your child swims a lot, it will loose oils and become very vulnerable to damage.
Ways to Protect your Child’s Hair at the Pool & Protective Styles
Wet the hair before swimming. This is the best way to protect against the damaging affects of water on your childs hair. This method works because the water will be absorbed in the hair. When you wet the hair before getting into a large body of water it can help prevent your kid’s hair from sucking up any of the “bad” water.
You can also create a barrier by sealing your child’s hair with conditioner. Simply place the conditioner on the hair before swimming. Make sure you use a water soluble conditioner, and just rinse the hair and apply moisturizer after rinsing.
Lastly, you can also spray a liquid leave-in conditioner on the hair before and after swimming. This will help add protein and strength to the hair and also protect from the sun.
• Twisted Crown Braid
• Two Pony Tails
With any of these styles, it is important to remember that you will need to care for your child’s hair after the pool. Make sure to rinse the hair thoroughly after your pool visit and wash if needed. Happy Swimming!