Swim Proof Your Hair – Chlorine part I – Protect your hair from pool water

Have you ever heard someone say, I once had gorgeous hair, but the chlorine, from all the Swimming classes, ruined it? Well, it’s true. Chlorine strips your hair from its natural oil. This can make your hair dry, frizzy, and brittle. Repeated exposure to chlorine (like in kids’ swim classes) can lead to even more damage, as it can injure hair follicles leading to breakage.

So here’s what you should do to have a nice relaxing swim without having to worry about your hair: 

  1. Before swimming, always soak your hair with shower water. This will give your hair much less room to invite that chlorinated water in.
    2- After wetting your hair, apply any kind of protective oil (coconut for high porosity hair or Jojoba oil for low porosity hair) on both your scalp and hair. This method will act as an oil treatment while making the hair more waterproof, hence less damage.
    3- Find a conditioner that has silicone and put it on top of the wet oiled hair. This will also prevent the chlorine from entering your hair as silicone acts as a barrier against water. 
    4- If you can, wear a shower cap, as it provides great protection against pool chemicals. A latex or silicone one can act as a good barrier.
    5- It is preferred that you shower immediately after you are done swimming so that you don’t leave the chlorine sitting there. 
    6- When washing, and after you apply the shampoo and deep conditioner, use an apple cider vinegar rinse to clarify your scalp and hair from chlorine. However, keep it as the last step in your wash after the shampoo and deep conditioner. 
    7- Always always go for a deep conditioning treatment (vs. normal conditioner) even if you don’t normally use it and leave it for 2-3 minutes at least.

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