Image via naturalandfab.com
I loooovveee going swimming and it’s just about that time again. I have two thngs going on though – 1) I have a blonde-ish hair color and 2) my hair tangles easy. I have to prepare for swimming just as anyone should!! You have to be prepared for the water and the sun!
So what should you do? I know you want to just jump in the pool but that’s not a good idea. Prepare your hair. You should coat your hair with conditioner before jumping in the pool. If you have colored hair, you may want to use a product that is specific to your hair color; otherwise you can use any moisturizing conditioner.
From there if you have hair that tangles easily, I would suggest putting your hair in a couple of braids and then pinning them in an updo (I know it’s not cute, but your hair will thank you later!). Keeping the hair in a managed hairstyle will help you when you are done. You can also opt for a swim cap (even more not cute unfortunately) that will get the job done of protecting your hair from the water. From my experience, swim caps generally don’t really keep your hair dry but do cut down on the amount of water that gets on your hair.
Either way, after you’re done taking a dip, rinse your hair immediately. You want to get all of the chlorine or salt out of your hair with shampoo and you want to condition properly. This is great if you don’t swim a lot. If you swim a lot, you may want to try some protective styles like twists or braids with or without extensions. This will save the headache of having to continuously detangle. With braids or twists, you should still take the same steps but with less work.
I’ve been dabbling in weaves off and on for many years. I used to beg my mom just to get one or two tracks in for length in high school. Once I got to college, I was getting full weaves when I was transitioning. I found a girl on campus who would do them for $20!! Those were the days. Now, it’s about $250+ for stylists and women at home charge $100+.
Extensions really helped me out while I was transitioning. They gave my hair a rest from the pulling and tugging. The line of demarcation is very weak during transitioning, so this gave me a chance to tuck it away safely.
I have had extensions for the past month and have been doing a great job with them. I typically try to get a texture that mimics my hair texture…but this time I decided to do straight. A little of my own hair is left out, which I straighten only once a week so my hair won’t get damaged. I make sure to not neglect my hair, and I still wash my natural hair by putting a shampoo of choice mixed with water into a bottle with a nozzle attachment. I then put it in between the braids and rub very lightly to get out debris and oil and then rinse it out.
This has been an easy breezy month for me hair-wise. I take care of the hair at night and in the morning I just run a comb through. If you are looking for a protective style while transitioning, you should look into weaves. They have to be done properly though – the braids can’t be too tight and watch those edges. The biggest complaint I’ve seen from women with weaves is that it broke off their edges; the edges are very weak, so don’t let anyone do the braids too tight!
Adding lemon or other fruit gives water some extra flavor, so it's easier to drink more during the day!
Do you have a love/hate relationship with your hair? I think we all do! We love it when our curls are poppin’, bouncy, nice and shiny….and then when curls are dull and limp, not so much. You know how it is when you have your good hair days!! We should make sure we have AMAZING hair days everyday!
Amazing hair days start with healthy hair. Let’s forget about length for now and focus on health. (The length will come when you and your hair are healthy.) Did you realize hair health starts from within? Make sure you exercise at least 3 days a week and eat healthy. This will help in your process, however hard to believe that may be. Exercising, eating healthy, and drinking water are great for your body, your mind – and your hair!
Massaging your scalp promotes hair growth because you are stimulating blood flow. Massage your favorite oils into your scalp every week (maybe when you’re just sitting around watching your favorite reality show).
These tips take almost no time, and you will end up with a head full of beautiful hair!
What are you doing to promote healthy hair?
I’m Lexi, and I have been natural for almost 10 years now. I wanted to go natural way before the blogs, the YouTube videos, and the huge spike of women running to the salon to get their Big Chop on. It was 1996. I was in the 7th grade and obsessed with curly hair. Watching shows like “Saved By The Bell” with Lisa Turtle’s awesome curls and Denise on “The Cosby Show’s” long flowing curls started this unhealthy obsession! (which turned out to be a HEALTHY obsession).
I started getting relaxers at the age of 6. My mother was fed up with trying to manage my kinky hair and gave up the fight. Fast forward to middle school… I
noticed every time I waited beyond the 5 week mark to get a relaxer, my roots would curl up. I thought “Hmmm, I wonder what my hair would look like if I stop getting relaxers?” I decided to defy my mom and stop getting relaxers. I got pretty far in this transition and went as far as achieving about 3 inches of new growth. It didn’t last long though. But with the teasing from other students and pressure from my mother—I caved in. (If it was 2012, I’m sure I would have made it through!)
It wasn’t until college that I was in control of my own hair. I was in a new state and could care less what people thought of me. So all of the money my mom sent me to go to the salon to get a relaxer…I spent at the mall. At that moment I decided to go natural again. Why not? I knew this time it would work out because I was finally in control.
It’s been 9 years now, and I have never been happier. I relied on YouTube and forums to help me out along the way, and now I feel like I am an expert at MY hair. Going to blogs like this is what helped me discover how to take care of my hair and to learn what works best for me. I hope you are able to take away some valuable information from our posts – and of course, please let us know if you have any questions.