Summer isn’t over yet, and you may be planning a pool day this weekend.
Sadly, the chlorine in most swimming pools is not great for your curls. It can make your hair dry, brittle, or even turn green if you have a lighter hair color! Chlorine strips the natural oils from your scalp and hair, which can be a problem if you swim often as it increases damage. This is because the drier your hair is, the more porous it is, which leaves it vulnerable for even further damage from chlorine and other things.
So how can you prevent damage from chlorine?
- Wet your hair first. Not with pool water! Rinse your hair in the sink or shower before you take a tip in the pool. Since your hair acts like a sponge, if it’s already soaked up with chlorine-free water, the amount of chlorinated water it can absorb will be minimal.
- Coat your hair with oil or silicone-based products before you swim. Coconut oil is a good option, or our Curl Rescue Leave-In Conditioner.
- You can also use a swim cap! This is a great option if you know you’ll be in the pool a lot. Because the swim caps can snag your hair and pull strands out, it helps to wet your hair before putting it on.
Care for your hair after swimming.
When you finish swimming in a chlorinated pool, you should utilize the showers that are often available at public pools. Rinse your hair well to remove the chlorine. When you can take a shower at home, make sure to use shampoo to remove the chlorine. The shampoo is what’s important – not co-washing or water only washing.
Next you’ll want to restore your moisture. You can use both a rinse-out conditioner and a leave-in conditioner. There can be times when your hair is TOO damaged from chlorine, especially if you’re a frequent swimmer. You can tell if the ends are extra frizzy and dry, or if your hair feels a bit like straw. Your hairdresser may recommend trimming off the damaged ends and doing some deep conditioning treatments.
With all of these things in mind, we hope you enjoy the rest of your summer by the pool!