12 Quick + Easy Tips on Caring for Your Natural Hair at the Beach

Confession: I’m super lazy when it comes to caring for my hair in the summer.

That heat rolls in and I simply can’t be bothered with spending time on my hair.

{Which is why it’s no coincidence that it’s always either super short or in braids during the summer}

I’ve learned, however, that summer is when you should be taking super extra, tender-loving care of your natural curls.

Why?

Because it’s exposed to an abundance of harsh elements during this time of year  – from the humidity and more dust and dirt in the air, to bright sun rays and -one of the most damaging – sea and pool water.

That’s right y’all, it’s beach season! And sea salt or chlorinated water can do a number on your kinks if you’re not careful.

Heck, sea or pool water can do some serious damage no matter what kind of hair you have.

I grew up with the belief that getting your hair wet, especially as a black woman, was a HUGE no-no. I remember many pool parties where I would stress out about the state of my hair, and as a result, not have as much fun.

As I’ve grown older {and perhaps wiser… 😉} I’ve learned I don’t have to be afraid to have fun in the water – as long as I give proper care to my hair.

If you’re heading out for a sunny beach getaway in the near future – I’ll be going on a cruise for my bachelorette party in a few weeks! – I don’t want you holding back on the fun because you’re worried about damaging your hair.

So today I’m sharing 12 quick tips on caring for your natural hair at the beach.

These are so simple you can’t NOT do them.

And I guarantee they’ll save your hair from the damaging effects of summer fun in the water.

Continue reading below!

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Pre-Swim

– Apply coconut oil, preferably the night before, to strengthen the hair shaft and provide extra protection against chlorine

– Don’t fully wash your hair before heading to the beach/pool, you already have a build up of sweat and natural oils that create a barrier, making it more difficult for harsh waters to penetrate the hair shaft.

– Style your hair in a way that is can easily move from wet hair to styled hair post swim

– If you’re planning an extended sunny getaway consider having braids or twist extensions put in.

While Catching Some Rays

– Mix glycerin with aloe vera juice to make a DIY pre-ocean spray to spritz on your locks

– Apply a generous amount of leave-in-conditioner with SPF.

– Protect your curls from the sunny rays by wearing hats or scarves outside the water.

While Taking a Dip

– Saturate your hair at least 5 minutes before taking a dip. Wet hair will soak up less chlorine or sea salt than dry hair.

– If you have longer hair, tie it up in a big braid or bun to keep it from getting matted and tangled.

– Wear a swim cap! They may seem unstylish but I believe they can be quite chic if done right. It should be noted though, a swim cap will not keep your hair 100% dry, but it does work as an extra layer of protection.

Post-Swim

– Rinsing hair right afterwards is the most underestimated, yet important step in after-swim hair care. It gets rid of a lot of the chlorine or salt before it binds to your hair.

– Co-wash your hair that night or following day to add moisture back. If you’re hair is prone to dryness then do a deep condition treatment.

And that’s it!

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Now I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Do you have any additional tips for protecting your hair from the harsh chlorine and salt waters?

Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading.

Beach-bound,

Ashlei

| Images 2 & 3 via naturallycurly.com |

2 Responses to 12 Quick + Easy Tips on Caring for Your Natural Hair at the Beach

  1. I can totally relate to having your hair get wet (as far as being black) was a big no-no! Haha but since I’ve been natural I haven’t been as scared of getting it wet or going swimming, but I still hardly go to the pool anyways ha! It’s kind of sad actually! But I usually am good with going swimming if I have my hair in braids, and if I don’t then I make sure that I immediately wash my hair when I get home! Love these tips! 😀

    • I feel ya lady! Now being natural I could care less if my hair gets wet, but I do need to make more of an effort in taking care of it after pool/beach days. 😀 Thanks for commenting!