Swimming is one of the best parts about summer! When the weather is scorching hot, there is nothing more refreshing than jumping into a cool pool. Yet, swimming wreaks havoc on our skin and especially our hair. Chlorine, the chemical used to disinfect pools and keep them clean, is not great for keeping our hair silky and soft.
The most common problems pool lovers have with their hair are: irritation on the scalp that is dry and itchy and blondes deal with their hair turning green because of chlorine exposure and hair can become very dry, unmanageable and ruin color treated hair. So if you’re a constant swimmer, how do you prevent these nasty hair side effects?
1. Wear a swim cap. This many not be the most fashionable piece of summer clothing, but a swim cap will keep your hair protected from the chlorine.
2. If you don’t like wearing a swim cap, try applying a thin layer of oil in your hair before you head to the pool. This can be olive oil, coconut oil or baby oil.
3. Buy a shampoo made for swimmers. They have ones for pre-swim conditioning and clarifying shampoos that help get rid of the chlorine after swimming that keep your hair healthy and soft. Also, don’t wait too long to wash your hair and condition it after getting out of the pool.
4. Try a hair mask for extra moisturizing power. Mayonnaise is a great easy, DIY hair mask that will give intense moisture to dead ends and damaged hair.
5. Try rinsing with apple cider vinegar after you shampoo to remove any product residue or chemical residue stuck in your hair.
6. Try to limit the use of hair dryers and other hot tools. They will only damage your hair further. If you must use a hair dryer, dry your hair on a low or cool setting to minimize damage after swimming.
7. Finally, get a trim from your hair dresser to get rid of dead ends and damaged hair. Ask your hair dresser for advice or products to help minimize damage from the sun and the pool and keep your hair healthy and looking beautiful!
What do you do to help keep your hair healthy and beautiful in the summer while heading to the pool? Have you encountered any problems from chlorine?