For those active men who are losing their hair, a big concern is whether they can work out with a hair replacement system on. For some, they worry if their toupees can handle a gym workout, playing basketball or some mixed martial arts sparring.
For others, they’re worried about whether they can swim. The simple answer is yes, but there are some precautions and measures you need to follow so you do not end up damaging your hair system. The main thing we recommend is swimming with a swimming cap as this will protect your hair system as a whole. However, there are additional ways you can protect your men’s toupee as well which we will look at in this blog.
First and foremost, it’s important that you wait to swim at least 24 hours after applying your hair system, especially if you’re using tape or glue as your bonding adhesive. This is so that the bond has fully cured and will keep your hair system on your scalp. You will not want water or any liquid, moisture or sweat to make contact with the bond as this can weaken it during this period. The end result is your hairpiece could come off while you’re swimming and nobody wants that, so keep this important step in mind.
It’s also important to protect yourself and your hair from the sun. If you’re swimming at the beach or in a swimming pool, you will naturally be exposed to the sun. When you’re not swimming, we highly recommend wearing a hat, headscarf or any other headwear to protect your hair from the sun.
You can also use a leave-in conditioner that is equipped to protect you from the UV rays of the sun. This prevents your hair from oxidizing and fading into a lighter or reddish color. Additionally, it will help prevent excess dryness from too much exposure to the sun.
If you’re in a pool, you’ll be exposed to chlorine. If you’re in the beach water, you’ll be exposed to saltwater and plenty of it. These two things can be very damaging to processed hair such as the hair on your hair replacement system. That is why we recommend wearing a swimming cap in the first place.
However, if you find that a swim cap isn’t enough for you, you can follow the steps below to protect your hair as much as possible from saltwater and chlorine.
- Apply filtered water on your hair system to saturate the hair.
- Use leave-in conditioner on your wet hair.
You can also braid your hair or wear a secure and tight headscarf to prevent tangles with your hair while you’re swimming.
It’s also important to take steps once you’re done swimming to keep your hair system in the best condition. You can do the following to do just that:
- Rinse your hair with filtered water as soon as possible. You can also use a toupee or wig shampoo if needed.
- Spray leave-in conditioner once you’re done washing yourself off. After a few minutes, comb your hair to get rid of any tangles.
- Perform a deep conditioning of your hair system the next time you remove it.
If your bond ever feels loose or as if it’s weakening when you’re out in the sun, it can help to jump in the pool or water. This will reduce your body temperature, cool it down and allow your bond to re-cure naturally.
Another thing to keep in mind is to be wary when combing your hair while it’s wet. Remember, hair is most vulnerable when it’s wet. If you use too much force when combing or there are tangles, you can damage your investment. Whenever you are combing, always start at the end and work your way up to the roots.
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