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The Mermaid Life a.k.a when naturals go swimming.

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Hello happy people!

Welcome to the first HCHG blog post... Whoot, whoot! And just in time for the long weekend up ahead. But first, a disclaimer: Mixtress Musings is based on personal research, thoughts and the experiences of myself, friends and clients. I am not a medically certified trichologist or chemist, hence the |imho*|. Scene? Aight… leh we go:)

 The Mermaid Life

a.k.a when naturals go swimming

 One of the great things about living on a tropical island is that there is always a body of water nearby, be it a sun-kissed sandy beach, cool river or somebody’s pool. The downside is that there is always a body of water nearby, a sun-kissed sandy beach, cool river or somebody’s pool. And we know that natural hair + water can be a tricky combination to master. So here are a few HCHG tips to help you enjoy the aftermath of a fun day of sea, river, pool and sun!

Beach Time

First things first, there is nothing wrong with a little saltwater; in fact you can find saltwater shampoo bars and conditioners available that tout the therapeutic effects of sea salt on hair. In my experience, the problem arises when the saltwater is allowed to dry and evaporate, leaving mainly salt behind which dehydrates and can leave your curls super thirsty and frizzy. There are simple fixes though :)
  • Step 1- Seal it Out (Optional)
As mentioned, saltwater isn't bad in itself, but if you want to seal it out simply apply an oil or butter before you go swimming. Coconut oil is a terrrrible sealant, castor is a good, cheap option: essentially the heavier the oil the better. Butters like mango and shea are awesome as well. Even pomades or greases can be used (you'll be washing it out that day anyway, so don’t fuss about the mineral oil content too much).
Water-based products like conditioners or leave-ins will quickly disperse once your hair hits the water, so they offer minimal protection at best.
  • Step 2-Have fun
  • Step 3-Wash it Out
Rinse out as much salt water as you can with fresh water
  • Step 4-Keep it Damp
Apply a cheap conditioner generously; the idea is to keep your hair from drying out completely before you get home and can wash and condition as usual.

 River Lime

Here you're dealing with fresh water-not dangerous and of course less dehydrating than sea water.
  • Step 1- Seal it Out (Optional)
Seal as you would for the beach, suuuper optional.
  • Step 2-Have fun
  • Step 3- Wash it Out
It won't be absolutely necessary to wash out the water- it's fresh after all, but you can squeeze out the excess if you worry about hydral fatigue.
  • Step 4- Keep it Damp
Apply conditioner as above, do the needful when you get home.

Pool Party

Here we run into the most problems, no need to list all the negative effects chlorine and other synthetic pool chemicals can have. So the steps are simple, but a more comprehensive hair care regime is best.
  • Step 1- Seal it Out
Wear a swim cap if possible, sealing the exposed edges or the parts of your hair that always get wet even with the cap on- for me it's usually the nape and around my ears. Butters may be best, as they're easy to apply and life is hard enough as it is.
  •  Step 2- Have fun
  •  Step 3- Wash it Out
If you wore a cap and are not planning to wash your hair, rinse with your fingers the parts that got wet  and pat dry, apply whatever your fav moisturiser is. Go be happy. If your entire head got wet, rinse the pool water out as much as you can. You don't necessarily have to shampoo, as it isn't oil and dirt you're removing just the highly chlorinated water (this especially applies to those who hit the pool on a regular basis). Moisturise as usual.
  •  Step 4- Keep it Damp
If you're going to be washing your hair at home, then apply the conditioner as above.
For regular pool swimmers, deep conditioning should be a part of your routine, at least once a month. Oil steams are great as a well: jojoba oil is particularly good for repairing chemical damage and a few drops of vitamin e are a good addition to any oil you decide to use. Steaming does not have to be complicated: apply your oil generously (you can warm it in the microwave a bit), put a shower cap on and do something for an hour or a half. Shampoo and condition as usual. Sulfate free, gentle shampoos  and products that are big on moisture are healthy hair musts if pool water is a regular part of your life.
There you have it! I hope this helps make your fun in the sun a little funner. I'd love to hear your tips or questions so feel free to say hi.
Let us know how it works for you!


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