Tips for swimming: (this works regardless of whether you are wearing a weave or not)
- Pull your hair into a ponytail. ETA: Braid the ponytail in a loose braid. Use a holder or barrette to keep the braid from coming loose.. This will keep your hair under control and help minimize tangles and matting.
- Rinse your hair THOROUGHLY with fresh water before you get in the pool/ocean. Your hair is a sponge, and it will absorb the fresh water which will help to minimize the amount of pool/salt water that the hair shaft will absorb.
- If you will not be washing your hair IMMEDIATELY after swimming (sun bathing, etc), rinse your hair thoroughly when you get out of the water.. I usually follow-up by smoothing a moisturizing or leave-in conditioner on my hair, combing it through and putting the hair back in a ponytail. (you don’t have to use an expensive conditioner for this.. an inexpensive conditioner — like Suave — will do)
- Use a good clarifying shampoo such as Nexxus Aloe Rid after swimming. This shampoo will remove the chlorine and salt from the hair shaft. Follow up with your regular shampoo and conditioning routine..