Taking the Plunge: Can You Swim with Hair Extensions? - A Hairdresser's Guide

Taking the Plunge: Can You Swim with Hair Extensions? - A Hairdresser's Guide


Hey there, beautiful people! It's your trusted hair aficionado here, ready to dive into another hair-related topic that's been making waves recently: "Can you swim with hair extensions?" As a hairdresser in my 30s, I've encountered every hair scenario imaginable, and I'm excited to share my insights with you. So, let's jump right in!

The Simple Answer

Yes, you can swim with hair extensions, but it's not as carefree as jumping into the water with your natural hair. Swimming with extensions requires preparation, the right kind of extensions, and post-swim care to maintain both the health of your extensions and your natural hair.

Understanding Different Types of Extensions

First, let's break down the types of extensions and how they fare with water.


Clip-in extensions are the most swim-friendly. You can easily remove them before swimming to avoid any potential damage.

Tape-Ins, Weaves, and Keratin Bonds

For more permanent options like tape-ins, weaves, and keratin bonds, swimming is a bit more complex. These extensions are attached to your hair, making them more susceptible to damage from chlorine, salt, and other elements found in water bodies.

Pre-Swim Preparations

Consult Your Hairdresser

Before you plan a swim, it's wise to talk to your hairdresser. We can provide tailored advice based on your extension type and hair condition.

Protecting Your Extensions

Applying a leave-in conditioner or oil can create a protective barrier around your extensions. Also, consider wearing a swim cap to minimize direct exposure to water.

Swimming with Extensions: The Do's and Don'ts


  • Tie your hair up in a loose bun or braid to reduce tangling.
  • Rinse your hair with fresh water before and after swimming. This helps to dilute any harsh chemicals or salt.
  • Use a wide-tooth comb to gently detangle your hair after swimming.


  • Dive in without prepping your hair – protection is key!
  • Brush your hair roughly when it's wet, as this can lead to damage.

Post-Swim Care

After swimming, it's crucial to wash your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Ensure to dry your extensions thoroughly, preferably air-drying, to avoid stressing the hair and bonds.

Risks and Considerations

Swimming with extensions carries risks such as matting, tangling, and loosening of the bonds. Chlorine and saltwater can also dry out and weaken the hair.

Alternatives to Swimming with Extensions

If you're a frequent swimmer, consider temporary extensions like clip-ins for ease and flexibility. Alternatively, schedule your swims in between extension maintenance appointments.


Swimming with hair extensions is doable, but it demands caution and care. Always prioritize the health of your hair and extensions. If you're unsure, consult with your hairdresser to make the best decision for your hair type and lifestyle.

Whether you're poolside or beach-bound, remember that your hair is your crown, and it deserves the best care. So, swim on, but swim smart!

Stay gorgeous,

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Author: Joanna Miller

Joanna Miller, a master hairdresser and extension specialist, stands out in the heart of Vancouver, British Columbia, with over a decade of experience in the hair industry. Her journey began in her early teens, driven by a passion for transformative beauty and artistic flair, leading her to a prestigious cosmetology program right after high school. Joanna quickly rose to prominence in Vancouver's competitive beauty scene, earning a loyal clientele at a well-known local salon before opening her own, which soon became a popular destination for top-tier hair services. Specializing in hair extensions, Joanna is celebrated for her meticulous technique and attention to detail across various methods, from tape-ins to micro-links, creating customized looks that enhance her clients' natural beauty. A lifelong learner, she is committed to continuous education, regularly attending workshops and seminars to stay updated on the latest trends and techniques, thereby ensuring her clients receive innovative services. Active in the Vancouver beauty community, Joanna participates in local events, hair shows, and charity fundraisers, and extends her passion for education through mentoring upcoming stylists. Believing in the power of a great hairstyle to boost confidence and self-expression, Joanna tailors each service to her clients' unique needs and desires. Her expertise has earned her features in several beauty magazines and local publications. Joanna Miller's salon is more than a place for hairdressing; it's a space where artistry, care, and transformative beauty converge, making her a symbol of skill, dedication, and the transformative power of a great hair day.