Summer is here and bathing suits are ready to rumble! As we know already, afro hair has a very love hate relationship with water. It already needs a lot of care and attention and when swimming is added on the list, it gets tougher.
Chlorine and salt are the main reasons for hair damage caused while swimming so just like pre-poo, something called pre-pool comes into existence here. Understanding the science of hair is important. Rinse your kid’s hair with normal water before you let them dive into their water playground. Hair soaked in healthy water won’t absorb the chlorinated water much as compared to dry hair. However, you always have an option of oiling the hair 15 minutes before pool time or at the night before bed. Don’t make the mistake of shampooing every other day for cleansing unless you find product build up. Rinse them thoroughly with normal water and get the chlorine and dirt out of it, else the shampoo will strip off the inherent nutrients in baby hair.
If this wasn’t enough, the sun and chlorine further dry up the hair. Moisturize it with a kid’s friendly conditioner and your job is done!
When it comes to pool maintenance and hygiene, pay proper attention. Check the level of chrlorine and also that it is cleaned at regular intervals. Checking chlorine levels is easy – a clean and minimally chlrotinated pool has a light blue colour while a dirty pool with more chlorine looks yellowish. You might end up spending more for entry to a better pool but think of it as an investment you make for your children’s body and hair.
If you have any other tips for hair care when swimming regularly, let us know in the comments section. Till then, let your kids enjoy their summers swimming in the sun and being better friends with water.