Since the weather is getting nicer and summer will be here shortly, let’s talk about how to protect biracial hair while swimming. As you may know, biracial hair is already prone to being dry and fragile. When your kids are going swimming in pools with chlorine or swimming at the beach, the exposure to chemicals and the sun can cause even more dryness and breakage.
However it isn’t exactly realistic to never let your kids swim either!
When I first started taking my daughter to the beach I was not in the know about how to keep her hair protected while swimming! This led to lots of unhappy bath times after swimming because her hair would be so dry and tangled.
Thankfully I’ve learned a lot more since then and now I know what it takes to keep biracial hair protected before, during, and after swimming!
Since I’ve been asked a few times how to protect biracial hair while swimming, I want to share some tips to help you keep their beautiful hair healthy!
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1) You want to make sure you thoroughly rinse their hair with warm water right before they go swimming. The warm water will absorb into the hair shaft so it soaks up the clean water instead of the pool or lake water.
2) A popular tip I’ve come across is to put coconut oil in their hair to seal the shaft and keep moisture in. I haven’t personally tried this, but if you are finding your child’s hair is still dry after swimming, you may want to give this a try.
3) Whether or not you put coconut oil in, you then want to put lots of moisturizing conditioner in their hair and DON’T rinse it out! You’ve primed their hair with the warm water to absorb the conditioner to keep it moisturized when they go swimming.
4) Then you’ll put their hair in a protective hair style. You can do braids or a bun to keep their hair out of their face and help keep it tangle free.
5) You can also use a swim cap to keep their hair protected.
6) My recommendation is to have a beach bag or a swim bag that has extra supplies in it. That way if you are going to a pool or beach, you can soak and saturate their hair right before they go in the water, (versus driving them with soaking wet hair).
After swimming, I know the instinct can be to wash your child’s hair with shampoo to get all the chemicals or lake grime out but resist that urge! Shampooing too often will lead to dry hair which is prone to breakage.
7) Instead, rinse their hair out for several minutes with water and wash their hair with co-wash or conditioner. The scrubbing action will work to clean their scalps and hair of the chemicals and grime.
8) If you shampoo, stick to the schedule you normally shampoo. So for example, if you shampoo once or twice a week stick to that. Again, washing their hair with shampoo too often, will cause it to become too dry, which creates frizz and breakage.
9) Once you’ve washed their heads, then you’ll proceed with your normal detangle routine.
10) Once you’ve detangled you can use the products you normally use after a bath, (if you are stuck on products you can check out my favorites that I use on my kids).
11) Try to let their hair air dry as much as possible. You want to avoid drying with heat because again, dryness and breakage! (I feel like I’m a broken record at this point, but moisture is key to keeping their hair healthy).
Swimming is a favorite summer activity for many kids, (we love the water and are at the beach a lot during the summer!). However, your child’s mixed hair needs proper care to keep it healthy. With these tips to teach you how to protect biracial hair while swimming, your family can enjoy the water all summer long!