by Nicole Hollis of Hair Liberty
Swimming is fun and relaxing whether you're doing it for exercise or just to cool off. You don't have to limit your pool time for your hair, but you do have to take some extra precautions. Chlorinated water and constant friction from swimming will take a toll on African American hair. Spend a few minutes before and after swimming to help your hair survive the summer.
- Rinse your hair with tap water before you get in the pool.
- Don't wear a swim cap if it pulls too tightly or rips out your hair at the hairline.
- Always shampoo after you swim, chlorine does not rinse out.