As summer heats up, you may be ready to get out and cool down with a dip in the pool. Unfortunately, chlorinated water can do a number on your hair, stripping it of its natural moisture, causing split ends and other damage. It can even change your hair color!
People with hair that is thin or fine, color-treated or bleached, chemically treated, dry or damaged need to take extra precautions to make sure their lovely locks stay healthy, even after a refreshing dip in the pool. Here are some tips to keep your hair looking great after swimming.
Dry hair will soak up chlorine like a sponge, which is why you should thoroughly rinse and wet your hair with non-chlorinated water before diving in.
In addition to pre-soaking your hair, consider coating it with a little natural oil (coconut, olive, or jojoba) or buy a protective hair product specifically made for swimmers.
If you have long hair, consider putting it in a ponytail, braid, or tight bun to minimize your hair’s contact with chlorine.
If you swim regularly instead of just on occasion, you may want to consider wearing a swim cap as it’s your best defense against chlorinated water. Just remember to still wet your hair and pull it all back before putting on the cap because it makes it easier to put on.
Be sure to rinse your hair with clean, unchlorinated water as soon as you get out of the pool to get as much chlorine out as soon as possible. Then wash with a gentle, clarifying shampoo and follow with conditioner to combat dryness. Again, you can find shampoos and conditioners made especially for swimmers.
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