Especially in tropical Asia, dipping your toes in the cool, glistening water is often a form of refuge that many of us seek. While swimming is an extremely effective form of exercise as it can burn up to 200 calories after a mere 30 minutes’ worth of intense laps, there is a downside to this seemingly glamorous activity. Have you noticed how your hair frizzes out after your swim and turns really dry after you’ve washed it? To avoid those Princess Mia-esque bad hair days, we’ve assembled a list of hair-care tips for you!
1. Wear a swimming cap
This is arguably the most intuitive solution to all hair problems caused by swimming. Putting a swimming cap on helps protect your hair, so that it remains mostly dry and protected from the chemicals (e.g. chlorine) in the pool. After all, an ounce of prevention is always better than a pound of cure!
2. Rinse your hair before your swim
By rinsing your hair, you’ll be coating your hair with a protective layer of non-chlorinated water, which helps prevent your hair from absorbing all the chemicals that the pool is filled with. It’s acutally also a very considerate move, as the pool will be kept a little cleaner after you’ve washed away any styling products or residue that was stuck in your hair!
3. Condition your hair
After shampooing your hair when you’re done with your swim, you should condition your hair with a rich, emollient conditioner that will infuse it with more moisture. Always condition the end of your hair first before working your way up, and use a wide tooth comb to distribute the conditioner more evenly through your strands of hair. Remember to let the conditioner set in for at least two minutes before you rinse your hair, or you may not be able to see the results you were looking for.
4. Clarify your hair
If you’re someone who swims on a daily basis, then you may want to consider undergoing a weekly clarifying treatment to remove any clogged residue in your hair. You can try the apple cider vinegar rinse if you’re looking for a more natural (and cheaper) option as well.
5. Get your hair trimmed
Not only is shorter hair easier to manage for an avid swimmer, but cutting away any split ends will also help keep your hair healthy. Not many people know this, but the damage caused by split ends can travel up to the hair shaft, making it unhealthy and frizzy. Unfortunately, for those of you who love your long locks, the only way to get rid of those split ends is to get a haircut. But you can take comfort in the fact that your hair will grow back to its original length, at some point!
Hair considerations may not always be at the forefront of our minds, but taking care of your precious tresses is still important. With these tips, you’ll be able to ensure that your swimming routine goes swimmingly well from now on, both for you and your hair!