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Meet The British Woman Creating Waterproof Scarves For Black Swimmers

By Parker Diakite

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A Black woman from London is trying to break barriers in aquatics by solving the dilemma of swimming pools and their chemical damage to hair.

Danielle Obe, from London, told Metro UK that she was inspired by her daughter to create Nemes after her daughter began to dread going to the pool. She herself gave up on swimming for nearly two decades fearing that she would damage her hair.  

“Getting into any type of aquatic activity then was a huge no-no. I couldn’t go swimming in the evening after work. If I did, how would I turn up for client meetings the next morning?” she stated.

As for her daughter, Kayla, Obe said she would scream after getting her hair washed after swimming because the hates getting soap in her eyes.

“One day I promised her we would find a solution, we would work together to create something that protected her hair,” Obe said, adding, “I discovered that swimming caps were originally designed not to protect hair, or keep it from getting wet, but instead to streamline.”

So, she created a stylish headscarf that is made from the same waterproof material used to make the standard swim cap and based on ancient Egyptian designs that will protect all hair types in the water.

What makes Nemes headagear different, however, is that it can be used in the shower, spa, rain, beach, water park or event to condition and re-hydrate your hair – making it a staple for any closet or suitcase.

“The chlorine dries out the hair, causing it to be frizzy, brittle and “thirsty”, which is what causes breakage, hair thinning and – in some cases for women with processed, delicate hair – it falls off if the hair is not thoroughly washed out, conditioned and rehydrated,” said Obe.

In addition, Danielle has joined a partnership to also launch the Black Swimming Association. The charity aims to encourage more people of color to go swimming after figures from Sport England revealed that 95% of black adults and 80% of black children do not go swimming. 

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