The short natural hairstyles that will keep you cool, comfortable and sexy

Picture of my own short hair. And NO. I don't care.
Picture of my own short hair. And NO. I don’t care.

I guess I MIGHT be just a little bit partial to short hair. Well, at least today. In a couple of weeks I might be back on my huge fro stage. It pretty much depends on the weather.

No seriously. It depends on the weather. I live in the South, and it gets up to 110 in Mississippi during the heat of the summer, so as we ease into the Spring and then into Summer, I start putting my blinders on to most of the beautiful longer hairstyles, and begin fixating on what’s going to keep me cool, comfortable and extra sexy. So, that usually evolves around a short hairstyle. See, I’m already a Short Hair Don’t Care Card-Carrying Loyal Club Member. Check out my pic. Yeah. I know. Awesome, right?

But seriously, I’ve been seeing some SUPER sexy women that are totally rocking short natural hairstyles, so I’m featuring just a few of the sexiest members of the Short Hair Don’t Care Club today. Check them out. If you’re looking for courage to go super short, get it and take the plunge. If you’re looking for a “different” way to wear a short natural hairstyle, look and enjoy. And if you’re just browsing, stroll on, sister, and enjoy.

The Pool is Calling, but Protect Your Natural Hair

the pool is callingOnce it warms up, SWIMMING moves to the top of my list of Things to Do during my downtime. But now since I’ve gone natural, I have had to put some thought into how to prevent chlorinated water from damaging my natural hair. Here are the recommendations I created and followed last summer that saved my hair and my sanity.

BEFORE Swimming in a Chlorinated Pool

Get wet and wear an “old school” swim cap
Before you take that first dive into a chlorinated swimming pool, go ahead and rinse your hair really well. Once you get in the pool, your hair should already be wet. This helps slow down the absorption of chlorine. Consider this: your hair is like a sponge, and will take on less (chlorinated) water when it’s already wet. Also, consider using a latex or silicone swim cap. I know that it won’t block the water completely – and isn’t the most fashionable looking pool accessory – but again, it slows down the process of allowing chlorinated water to dry out your beautiful natural hair.

AFTER Swimming in a Chlorinated Pool

Grab the Baking Soda or Apple Cider Vinegar. You’re gonna need one of them.
Have you ever noticed that when you step out the pool, shower, and dry off. . you STILL smell chlorine? Well, that’s because chlorine, unlike dirt, sweat, and general funk doesn’t just wash and rinse off. It’s a chemical that requires a little more work to get rid of. Once you’re done swimming for the day and do an initial shampooing of your natural hair, apply baking soda to your hair. Leave it for 5 minutes or so, to let the baking soda do what it does to your refrigerator odors. Absorb it. You can then rinse the baking soda out.

Apple cider vinegar is also a natural and cost-effective option to get chlorine out of your beautiful curly locks. Just add one part apple cider vinegar to four parts water and pour it over freshly washed hair. Then, do a final rinse.

It’s time to Deep Condition. . Again
Baking soda and apple cider vinegar act as clarifiers. So, once you rinse either option out, use your regular conditioning shampoo and conditioner, and if you follow the same natural hair treatment that I do then this is when you use the  L.C.O. Method. Either way, take your time and remember to massage your scalp because the chlorine dries our your natural hair AND your scalp.

When you’re done cleaning, rinsing, clarifying, conditioning, and “sprucing” up your beautiful natural hair, do me a favor. Let it air dry. Your hair is going to still be vulnerable from being exposed to chlorine and from the steps you had to take to remove it. Don’t reach for the hair dryer or flat iron just yet.

Now, get out there, Sis. Show them that Black Girls swim, too!