Swimming pools are great. The chlorine in them, not so much... especially when it comes to our hair. In fact, it dries the hair out and can even alter its color. Basically, the chlorine in pools sucks the sebum out of your hair, which may cause the cuticle to crack. It can also get under the hair cuticle, weakening it in the process.
The best way to prevent chlorine damage is to keep contact between the water and your hair to a minimum while you're swimming, and to get rid of the chlorine on your hair afterwards. Here are 5 tips to follow next time you go for a swim...
1. Saturate your hair first
Hair acts like a sponge. So if it's already saturated, it won't be able to absorb as much chlorinated pool water. You can also try a water/conditioner mix... some people swear by it.
2. Coat your strands with some oil or butter
Sealing your hair with an oil or a butter will make your tresses less permeable to chlorine.
3. Protect your hair with a swim cap... or two if necessary
Yeah, it ain't very sexy... I know. BUT it's a must-have if you're going swimming on a regular basis. You can even wear two - a plastic cap under a swim cap for example - but don't forget to be gentle when you take them on and off, some swim caps are very tight!
4. Wash out the chlorine afterwards
In case your hair gets wet, always rinse out the chlorine (or the salt) from your hair. You can either use a clarifying shampoo followed by a conditioner, or you can first clarify with a "water + apple cider vinegar" or "water + baking soda" rinse before applying your regular cleansing/conditioning products.
5. Step up your (deep) conditioning routine
It's very important to deep condition you hair often to counteract the effects of your pool adventures. Take care of your strands and pamper them!
If you know of other tips or techniques, feel free to share them in the comment section below!