Everyone wants their hair to shine all summer long. But something as innocuous as taking a dip in a swimming pool can turn your hair into a disaster if the proper precautions aren’t taken. Most pools – both indoor and outdoor – are dense with chlorine, which can cause damage to your hair in a variety of ways. It can split and weaken it, mess with any new color you’ve been trying out and even rob your hair of its natural moisture. Anyone who only swims every once in a blue moon likely doesn’t have anything to worry about. But for those committed to the swimming lifestyle, there are some precautions you can take to protect your hair from chlorine damage.
Wet Your Hair Prior to Jumping In
Some public pools may ask you to shower before entering the pool to keep dirt and grime out. This can also be beneficial for you as well as your hair will absorb more of the shower water and less of the chlorine-infested water. It’s also not a bad idea to rinse your hair with clean water after you’ve finished swimming.
Use Natural Oils
Natural oils such as coconut and olive oil can be used as a protectant that prevent chlorine from being absorbed into your hair while swimming. Just apply them before you enter the pool and let them do the job of protecting your hair.
Let Your Hair Air Dry
Whether you’re able to rinse your hair out after your swim or not, let it mostly airdry. Blow-dryers will only add to the drying out factor. You can dry gently with a towel to prevent any excess dripping.
Wear a Swim Cap
The best way to prevent chlorine damage is to ensure your hair doesn’t come into contact with chlorine in the first place. Find a cap that fits you and ensure your hair is completely inside it for maximum effect.
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