When it comes to curls, going swimming can present a problem. Many curlies shy away from jumping into the pool or lake because they don’t want to get their curls wet. However, we don’t want you to avoid the pool just because you’re worried about your curls frizzing up. Here are some things you can do to protect your curls.
Put your curls Into a protective style before hitting the beach. Braids will keep your curls from absorbing too much water and frizzing up.
Condition your curls:
Before jumping into the water, take a few minutes to cover your curls with an oil or conditioner. This will protect your curls from drying out due to salt or chlorine.
Use a cap:
If you’re going to dive into a pool, pull on a swimming cap. Make sure it fits tightly to keep water out and your curls dry.
When you’re done swimming, follow up immediately with a sulfate free shampoo. Make sure to cleanse twice to remove any excess build up. Make sure you select a gentle, natural cleanser.
Always follow up your cleansing with a conditioner to lock in moisture. If you’re regularly hitting the beach, make sure you’re adding in a regular deep conditioning treatment. This will let your curls stay soft and easier to manage.
Once you’ve cleansed your curls and applied your deep conditioning treatment, avoid using heat to finish your styling. Your curls are already going to be more fragile from being exposed to pool chemicals or the elements, so try to avoid adding any excess stress. Instead, make sure you’re using a leave in conditioner and other moisturizing products to help lock lost moisture back in.