I’ve always loved to swim. It was the perfect hobby for our humid and hot climate and it gave me a full body workout without much possible injury to joints. I first learnt to swim when I was a baby. Parents signed me up for baby swimming classes and I could swim half way around the pool before I could even walk.
But somehow I stopped swimming for a very long time. The chorine water was just too damaging for my fine and fragile hair. And I believe I’m not the only girl around who gave up the sport in favor of nicer hair.
But nowadays I’m back swimming again. I realize now that I’m older… in the matter of swimming versus non dried out hair… I could have the cake and eat it too.
Here’s my routine before getting into the pool.
1. Change into swimwear.
2. Rinse with water under shower. To rid myself of any dirt I might bring to the pool as well as to make sure my hair is completely wet and soaked through. When the hair is fully wet it is less likely to allow the chlorine water from the pool to be absorbed.
3. Protect hair with a hair guard and conditioner. I’m currently using Philip Kingsley Swim Cap, which helps repel chlorine and has UV protection. On top of that it also delivers conditioning to my hair.
4. I’ll tie my hair into a bun and put on the swimming cap to keep everything in place before I swim. I’m using a Speedo silicon one.
5. Lastly, throw on my goggles and get into the pool!
6. After swimming I’ll wash my hair with a clarifying shampoo meant to rid my hair of any chlorine or impurities. Currently I’m using Paul Mitchell Clarifying Shampoo 3. Or you can just add a table spoon of baking soda to your normal shampoo.
7. Do a deep conditioning for my roots. Bumble and Bumble Alojoba Conditioner works well for me.
7. If you find this all a little hassle, an alternative to what I normally do is to wear double swimming caps on my dry hair. This tends to make sure that the swimming caps are completely air tight and none of the chlorine water will get in. You don’t have to shower your hair or put anything on before wearing. It is also best when you need to leave the pool in a jiffy as it makes it easier to rinse and head home without having to shampoo or condition my hair.