People often think that you cannot swim with dreads, but with just a little extra care, you can enjoy a sweet day at the beach with no worries.
The first thing you need to remember is that your dreads must get dry afterwards. It will be easier to dry new dreads since they don’t hold much water; just a little squeeze and allowing them to dry out will do the trick. However, with older dreads, you would need to dry them with a towel whilst still squeezing the water out. Just remember to be extra careful with the thinnest dreads; wringing them with towels might ruin thin dreads.
Although it is easier to dry new dreads, it is still more delicate than old ones. This means that the more you swim or immerse your dreads in the water, the more it’ll most probably loosen or fall off. If possible, you can try avoiding getting them wet during the first month. You can also practice rubbing your dreads clockwise, which will help create knots and make your dreads stronger. Dreadballing your straight hair on the second month is also a great way to fix your dreads after swimming. You just have to make sure you keep a keen eye on your dreads on the first few months since it is during that time it is most delicate.
If keeping away from the water is a little over impossible for you, you can do some preventive care for your dreads by putting rubber bands on the roots and tips of your dreads. This will keep your hair together and avoid loosening the dreads. You may also apply wax on your dreads to protect it.
Another important thing you must remember is that swimming pools may go tough on your dreads. Since most pools may have a lot of chemicals like sunscreen and tanning tools, which may cause your dreads to loosen faster. Unlike swimming in the ocean which allows your hair to mature and ever get tighter. Though the tips of your dreads may still loosen if you swim in the ocean, it will allow the body of the dread to tighten more thus making your dreads stronger.
Aside from making sure your hair gets dry, you must avoid tying up or covering your dreads with a hat, most especially when it is not fully dry yet. Let them dry out first before covering it up. If you really love swimming so much, you can try having thinner dreads; a half or a quarter inch compared to an inch or an inch and a half.
Lastly, washing your dreads with proper dread soap makes a very big difference to make sure your dreads stays strong and beautiful.
You can always enjoy the beach and the ocean with your dreads. You just need to make sure you take care of your hair all the time.