When the sun is scorching and temperatures skyrocket, sitting by the pool just doesn't compare to jumping in the water- even if you don't love the idea of what the chlorine will do to your natural hair. However, with a little preparation and some post-poolside TLC, you can absolutely make the most of that cool, crystalline aqua that's calling your name...
1/ Get your hair wet
Saturating your mane with regular chlorine-free H2O before swimming will stop it from absorbing a lot of chlorinated water once you're in the pool. The strands essentially "fill up", leaving little room for anything else to get soaked in.
Applying conditioner from roots to ends creates a protective barrier, stopping the pool water from infiltrating your locks. Ditto for hair oil. Be generous, though, as moving through the water will rinse it away eventually.
3/ Put it up
Braiding your hair or putting it up into a protective bun will reduce the likelihood of tangling and matting, plus it'll lock in the protective products for longer, too. Prevention is so much better than a long detangling sesh!
After taking a dip, rinse your hair with water again, then shampoo and condition as normal. If you feel your hair needs it, deep condition, then finish with oil or serum to keep frizz at bay and prevent dryness. If possible, allow your hair to air dry to avoid any further stress.