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What should I do with my hair to protect it when swimming?
Before going swimming, put lots of oil like olive, jojoba oil, shea butter, petroleum, or lanolin in your hair before swimming (try not to put any directly on the scalp, as this could clog pores). This will insulate your hair from chlorine or salt in the water (the oil repels the water). Or you could also slather in a product that has Dimethicone in it (often sold as frizz serums) because it is heavy and water-resistant. The goal is to make a barrier between your hair and the harmful things in the water.

I'd suggest firmly braiding your hair in a braid or two to keep it from tangling. So long as you don't comb your hair before you braid it, and you don't pull really tightly, braids are good. This is because they make a firmer structure to protect against the chlorine, and to insulate more of the hair. Br/>
Afterward, wash gently. Put in some light conditioner and rinse it out a couple times to make sure any salt or chlorine is completely rinsed out--using a light conditioner instead of extra washes with shampoo will keep you from drying out your hair any further.

After rinsing, put in a good combing conditioner and comb gently through your hair, always leaving in lots of conditioner. Define your curls afterward, and if possible, let your hair dry before putting it up at night. Sleeping on wet hair should be avoided, but if you have to, braid it firmly (but never pull really tightly) at night, and let it down during the day (or in a loose ponytail) to finish drying. You may need to re-wet any parts that dried in the braid, because they may be really flat if they dried while being slept on.

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