It's been a long winter and I know we are all counting the days until our Spring Break Getaways. As spring quickly transitions into Summer I thought I would give a few tips on how to preserve your hair extensions while swimming in either the ocean or pool.
This video is one of my favorite videos to explain how to protect your hair extensions from the damage of salt water and chlorine while still enjoying yourself. No one wants to be "that girl" who sits idly by because she has done the beauty calculus of swimming (The amount of damage incurred to cute hair style / perceived value of fun of swimming * how long it will take to style my hair when I am done with swimming = Is it worth it)
So if videos aren't your thing (no judgements) here is a brief synopsis of my tips:
- Before you decide to go swimming saturate your hair extensions with fresh water. Hair can only absorb so much water so it is best to use fresh water first before swimming.
- Coat your hair extensions with an extremely thick conditioner. We like conditioners that have a lot of mineral oil or petroleum in them (the opposite of what we normally suggest) because it will block out the chlorine or salt water and seal in the fresh water. We recommend Silicon Mix Conditioner
- Braid your hair extensions into one tight braid so that you won't agitate the hair too much while you are swimming and to avoid post swimming tangles. I know that we all have dreams of rising out of the water with our flowing hair and you can do that if you want...but just be prepared for about 20 minutes of post swimming detangling (Trust!)
- As soon as you are done swimming rinse your hair with fresh water again and re-coat with the conditioner until you are able to properly wash your hair.
- If you will be doing a lot of swimming day after day on the final day use a chelating shampoo or a swimmers shampoo (slightly diluted with water) to remove any buildup of chlorine.