View Full Version : Protecting against salt water damage

February 15th, 2016, 06:04 AM
I am going to Cuba in a week, and will wish to go swimming... so, does anyone have any ways for dealing with salt water and preventing damage?

Thank you...

February 15th, 2016, 06:08 AM
Unlike chlorine, the only damage salt might cause is that it can leave the hair feeling extra-dry after it dries in, so you might get some extra tangles or it might feel more fragile, but if you rinse it out with fresh water at some point after swimming it should be as good as new. If you're like me and you can't rinse your hair without conditioning it without it getting weird, you may want a little leave-in conditioner at the very end, but that's not needed for everyone.

February 15th, 2016, 09:40 AM
1) Get a swimcap, and if your hair is very long, you can get a special one, like this, for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czj4DOl6UO4
(layering two caps can actually help keep hair somewhat dry)

2) Coconut oil soak pre-swimming to reduce uptake of water with minerals, and soak hair in fresh water and conditioner.

3) Keep hair contained in a simple compact style when swimming: e.g. braid and then bun hair.

4) After swimming, rinse hair in fresh water and then try a swimmers' or chelating shampoo or a chelating pack periodically. Afterwards, I'd condition with something very moisturizing and always keep hair lightly oiled to keep it from drying out.

5) It might be worth checking out products like this PonyDry (http://www.ponydry.com/) for keeping length/ends dry when you are going in water.

Also, don't forget to protect your hair from UV-damage with compact updos and sun hats. Have a great vacation! :cheer: