A new craze that looks like it will take 2023 by storm is Cold Water Swimming, however it is important to still take care of your hair when going Cold Water Swimming regularly can really take its toll on your hair. Unwanted frizz and split ends are caused by salt drying out your hair, which can be a pain to detangle post-swim, the scalp is also affected as it becomes drier, which can pose a risk of dandruff, you also need to be aware that colour-treated hair is even more vulnerable to the dryness caused by salt exposure.

Regular saltwater swimmers should have a solid hair care routine if they wish to avoid damaged hair since their hair is exposed to harmful substances more than the average person because without proper hair care for swimmers, colour-treated and natural hair is at risk, for example, blonde hair can risk showing tinges of green, while brown hair may start displaying shades of orange.

There are countless tips and suggested remedies that come directly from diligent pool-goers. But which ones are the most effective?
Here are a few that we think are particularly valid that will allow your hair to retain strength and its natural self:


  • A swim cap is a great tool to keep leave-in conditioners (such as miracle hair by Eleven Australia) in place during a swim and keep your hair out of the way of your eyes and other swimmers
  • Remember to always prepare your hair and wash it well after swimming in saltwater
  • Never leave saltwater water in your hair for a prolonged period of time
  • Use natural oils to add a protective layer before and after swimming
  • Get a conditioner made for swimmers (research for your hair type)
  • Tie your hair back in a ponytail, braid, or tight bun, minimising contact with saltwater
  • Use heat protection spray it can protect from cold elements too
  • Use a hydrating sulfate free shampoo and conditioner (we recommend hydrate by Eleven Australia) 


Thankfully swimming is a very low-impact sport, so we don’t have to worry about the common injuries seen in high-impact sports such as rugby or soccer. However, you do need to pay attention to your skin care and hair care if you are swimming regularly.

We at Brave Strong Beautiful are always here to support anyone who may have concerns and would like to know more just contact us here and we will try our best to give you the best advice possible to keep/get your hair back to its healthy self. If you liked this why not check out one of our other blogs such as Menopause Hair Tips and Top 10 Hair Trends of 2023