How To Protect Your Hair
Most of us know that chlorine can do a number on your hair if you are in the pool for too long. Especially if you have colored hair. The chlorine in the water can react to a number of chemicals in your hair, causing it to change color, or if you have natural, untreated hair, causing the hair strands to dry out. So, what do you do to protect it? We have some must do’s that you should follow if you want to avoid excessive damage.
Use olive oil or coconut oil.
Olive oil or coconut oil are effective at coating the hair so that chlorine does not come into direct contact with your hair. These oils reinforce the sebum that is naturally produced by the scalp, so even if the hair gets wet with chlorine-treated water, the hair strand is safely coated by layers of oil.
Wet hair with non-chlorinated water
This tip has a very sound scientific reason behind it. Wet hair tends to be less absorbent than dry hair, so wetting your hair before you step into the pool reduces the chances of your hair absorbing the water molecules from the pool. So maybe have a quick dip in the pool side shower before entering the pool.
Use leave-in conditioner
A leave-in conditioner works the same way as the olive or coconut oils. It provides a safe, external coating that protects the hair strand from the chlorine. It creates a protective, hydrophobic barrier that prevents the chlorine from getting into the hair. This option also smells better than using an olive oil.
Wear a swimming cap
This may be the less fashionable option but it definitely is he best option if you are not too fond of putting different kinds of products on your hair or if you are not fond of getting your hair wet.
Remove the chlorine with a swim spray
Swim Spray is a special product designed to get chlorine out of the hair and skin. It is safe for use with shampoo and conditioner since it is fragrance-free. So even if you’ve come in contact with the chlorine there’s still time to protect your hair.