Best Hairstyles For Natural-Haired Swimmers
I’ve always enjoyed swimming. Whenever I want a swim I make it coincide with my hair washday, usually Sunday. The rest of the week I jog.
Unfortunately, after about 18 weeks of pregnancy, jogging became tough for me so I started swimming more regularly.
Having to detangle and wash my hair carefully 2 to 3 times a week was never going to work with my lifestyle so I started wearing lots of cornrow styles. In fact, I actually started earlier in my pregnancy than that because I was frequently too tired for my hair in the first 3 months of pregnancy.
Anyhow, if you wear protective cornrow hairstyles you’ll be able to maintain the style for at least four weeks before it starts looking tatty and after your swim you only need 5 minutes to clean it.
Wash Routine For Regular Swimmers
After every swim I used the mild but effective Queen of Kinks Shampoo and I followed up with the conditioner. I let the conditioner sit whilst I showered and rinsed it off last, just before I left the shower.
My hair air-dried and later on I moisturized with the Queen of Kinks Moisturizer plus a thin layer of the oil treatment.
After 7 months of this, my hair is still in great condition. It is so low effort and works perfectly for the busy, regular swimmer.
You could also try regularly twisting your hair but frankly that will require a little more maintenance and touching up than cornrow styles.
Other styles that are good include, TWAs especially very short ones because they tend to be low-maintenance and flat twists, although they are less durable than cornrows.
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10/12/2014 09:41:20 am
Thank you for this info. I often wondered about washing my braids. Now I know exactly how to donit
10/12/2014 04:21:29 pm
Thanks for this tip. My daughter's hair is always in cornrows since they swim twice a week in school I had to always remove the corn row,wash etc. Didn't know I could actually wash with the cornrow still in so will do that for now on. Also it would be nice to see some cornrow styles for young girls. Thanks.
11/6/2015 08:48:15 am
Thank you so much for this: my kinky-textured, fine hair is to my shoulders, and maintenance is time-consuming. But I wanted to start swimming daily, and was seriously considering another big chop. I'll give cornrows a try for a month, and see how it goes.
12/6/2015 06:23:11 am
beutiful hair styles
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