Sunday, May 25, 2014

Tips For Curly Swimmers

Sun! Sand! Surf! Summer is quickly approaching. As the temperatures rise,  many are flocking to the beach to catch some sun, or catch a few waves.  As you soak up the sun, and splash in the waves, be sure to take a few precautions to ensure your hair and skin remains healthy all year long.

From the moment you step outside, the sun’s UV Rays are attacking your hair and skin. Wear a hat to provide coverage from the direct heat of the sun. There are so many cute styles, from stylish fedoras, to  big floppy brim hats.
If you don’t want to rock a hat, be sure to reach for natural  sun screens for your hair. Shea butter, Raspberry oil, olive oil, and wheat germ oil all contain natural SPF that can protect your hair from sun damage.  Coat you hair with these nutritious oils, to avoid any damage from the sun.

Salt/ Chlorine
With the temperatures rising, you may be tempted to take a quick swim. Be sure to prep your hair before diving into the pool, or beach waves. The salt from the ocean, and the chemicals in pools, can reek  havoc on your strands. To minimize the amount of salt, and chlorine deposited onto your hair be sure to take these steps. Slather your strands with a leave in conditioner, and oil before braiding you hair in sections, or cornrows. After the hair is treated with a leave in, oil, and then braided, Allow cool water to run over your braided hair. Do not take a dip with dry hair, be sure to saturate your braided hair with water before jumping into the water. Once you are done swimming, do not remove the braids until your hair is completely dry. Once dry remove your braids, use a clarifying cleanser, and a deep conditioner to restore your curls. Follow these tips each time you go for a swim.

Mom’s know just how difficult it can be to remove sand from little ones hair. Here are a few time tested tips to remove sand from curly hair with minimal damage.  Take the hair section be section, using a cheep conditioner as a co wash, began to message the scalp with the pads of the fingers to loosen up any caked on sand. After rinsing the co-wash, follow up with a clarifying cleanser. Using a clarifying shampoo, or adding a few spoons full of bacon soda to your regular co-wash . Bacon soda will work great to gently scrub away any lingering sand. Rinse out  the cleanser, and follow up with a black tea rinse to restore your hair’s moisture balance.