I was just talking with my friends the other day about how many black/african american women are out shape because they don’t want to sweat and mess up their hair. It’s the craziest thing but that’s an example of the level of brainwashing that has taken place with us & our hair. This article touches on this subject through swimming and women with relaxed hair. Mind you, chlorine is terrible for any hair weather relaxed or natural, but it’s easier to heal natural hair after swimming than it is relaxed hair because it’s not processed. Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
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Chlorine and Curls: Why Many Black Women Won’t Go Swimming
Swimming is a great form of exercise, a refreshing summer activity and an important life skill. Yet African American women seem to be, let’s say, less than enthusiastic.
“Oh no, black women don’t swim.” Michael Hawkins, an instructor at Hair Design Institute in Manhattan, often hears that from clients, students and some stylists when the subject of swimming comes up. “She’s not getting her hair wet. No that’s not gonna happen.”
Most African-American women wear their hair chemically straightened or relaxed.
To get that look, stylsts often use a chemical called sodium hydroxide to re-shape black hair into a straighter form. But pool water can be detrimental to that.
“A lot of the chlorine in the water, sometimes the salt or whatever works against the actual relaxer that you put in the hair. So over time you end up having breakage or hair shedding, coming out, things like that.”
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