Pool Days Are The Best Days – A Curly Hair Pool Regimen You Need To Know Before Your Next Swim


While I have not been to the pool just yet many of my friends have because it has been unbearably hot so far this Summer. The great thing is we have a long Summer ahead and we are all bound to hit the water at some point without a doubt.

With that said, do you have a pool hair regimen? In this post I want to give you 4 simple tips to keep your curls healthy as you swim.

1. Add Conditioner to your hair before you get in the pool

My mother used to be a stickler for adding conditioner to my hair before we hit the beach or pool. The funny thing is even though I did not understand it when I was a little girl It didn’t feel right if my hair did not have its conditioner shield prior to swimming.

Grab any conditioner you have and literally coat your hair with it root to tip before immersing yourself into the water.

I prefer conditioners that did not leave a white residue so that I do not end up looking like I just came to the pool with a bunch of product in my hair.

2. Wear a swim cap

Honestly, nobody does this unless you are an avid swimmer and not swimming for recreation. However, it is important to mention especially if your hair is feeling particularly dry and you want to lessen the impact of chlorine and other chemicals on your strands.

Swim caps can keep your hair semi dry and you have less work to do when it is time to wash your hair.

3. After the pool – Shampoo with a chelating shampoo

There are shampoo’s that are specifically made to cleanse your hair of the chemical deposits that are left on your hair strands after swimming.

Chelating shampoos are designed for people who have hard water or chlorine to contend which is different from a clarifying shampoo which is designed to get rid of oils and excess dirt.

Examples of chelating shampoos are:

LANZA Ultimate Treatment Chelating Shampoo
chelating shampoo

Mizani Phormula-7 Neutralizing & Chelating Shampoo
mizani shampoo

These shampoos can be very drying so the next point is very important!

4. Deep condition
Using a chelating shampoo can be harsh on the strands so it is important to add in as much moisture as you can to your curls after your shampoo. Deep condition with your most moisturizing deep conditioner you have and use a great leave in on your hair prior to styling.

By the way, if you swim daily then you need to do this regimen daily without fail. You can probably use regular shampoo daily and the chelating shampoo every two to four weeks.

A video posted by Mariam Cabrera (@curlymariam) on

Pool days are the best day so go out and enjoy yourself knowing you have a great regimen to keep your curls healthy!

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