From Black Voices – It’s common to have a love-hate relationship with black hair because, although it’s unique and can be styled a million and one ways, it’s high maintenance. It needs great care when dry and it becomes especially fragile when it meets up with water. But don’t let H2O ruin your beach vacation or Sunday afternoon swim class with your kids. Here are some tips.

Wear a Swim Cap

Yes, you probably wore one when you were about nine years old but, if “it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Sometimes the simplest things are the best solutions. A fitted silicon cap will do the trick for keeping your hair relatively dry if you want to take a quick dip. If you’re worried the cap will make you lose your sexy, see the next tip.

Wet Your Hair Before

It seems counterproductive, but if you wet your hair before going in chlorine water it will absorb less of the chemical. Chlorine can break down the bonds of natural and relaxed hair, which sounds just about as gnarly as it is, so if a swim cap isn’t your fancy, wet your hair before you hit the pool and you’re hair won’t suffer as much damage.


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  • Kal

    please help! Has anyone found a swim cap large and flexible enough to fit over dreadlocks. My locs are shoulder length long and thick. All serious suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.