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Need help with taking care of my afro hair!?

So I'm going to camp for 3 weeks. I mean I have been away for at the most a week, but not 3. You see I have afro hair, and at camp there is a lot of swimming. My hair is not to long and I do not like to let it out (so please don't suggest that. Most of my family, when wet, could just put there hair in a few braids or something, but b/c my hair is so short (like way above my shoulders), I can't make braids without them having to be really tight, and I don't know how to do those, only my mom can, and she is not coming with me! You see if I let my hair dry without having it in braids, or even worse, sleep with it wet and not in braids, it will become so tangled and unbearable, I will not be able to put it in a bun! My mother suggested going in braids but I don't like them as my forehead is unusually large (you may think I'm exaggerating but I'm really not kidding, it comes from my dad's side). One of my cousins suggeseted leave-in conditioner and hairspray after it gets wet? would that work? what should I do...suggestions?

3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
    Favorite Answer


    Skip washing your hair before you get in the water. Some women think they should wash their hair before taking a dip- but that may not be the best thing to do because buildup of sweat and natural oils actually creates a protective “barrier” against harsh water. This barrier, because of it hydrophobic properties (that basically means that the barrier repels water) will make it more difficult for harsh water to penetrate (and ultimately damage) the hair shaft.

    Instead of washing hair, gently wet and apply leave-in conditioner. You can use a regular leave-in conditioner or a leave-in conditioner with added SPF.Applying conditioner to your hair before you get in the water accentuates the protective barrier effect.

    As soon as you exit the water, rinse hair thoroughly with fresh water. Harsh water is called harsh for a reason. This type of water contains minerals and compounds (i.e. sodium chloride and chlorine) that can actually leech moisture and cause dry/brittle hair.

    After you’ve rinsed your hair, take a generous handful of leave-in conditioner and thoroughly coat your hair. Some women like to shampoo their hair after exiting the pool, and then follow-up with a conditioner. I prefer to skip the shampoo step and just co-wash. I believe skipping the shampoo step (even if the shampoo is sulfate free) is a lot gentler for hair.

    When you get home, rinse the conditioner from your hair and follow-up with a deep conditioning treatment. An avocado and coconut milk hair mask is a really great all-natural deep conditioning treatment that will help replace moisture and add lots of sheen to hair that has been stressed from a day of water and sun.

    If your still at home

    -get a swim cap.


    -Get extensions or wig put in for 3 weeks get synthetic hair its cheap and dries faster than human hair.

    OH YEAH!! If you go with a wig get it sewn on.

  • 9 years ago

    Put leave in conditioner before you put your braids in.

  • 9 years ago

    My advice is cut it

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