As a very hot summer in Australia is causing many people to cool down in swimming pools around the country, the dreaded effects of chlorine on hair is being realised all over again. But are there steps you can take to reduce the damage to your hair? Keep reading to find out.
Most Aussies, and I’m sure all nationalities, love a dip in the pool on a hot day. Not only is it very refreshing, it can also be a great way to get an all-over body workout at the same time. But most of us hate the effects of chlorine on our skin, hair and eyes: itchy skin, dry and brittle hair, and sore eyes. And if your hair has just been coloured! Well, that is a different story altogether! But what can you do to help protect your hair from the damage of all that chlorine in the water? Well, here are our top five tips we practice whenever we head to the pool.
A lot of commercial swimming pools request that you shower before bathing simply to keep a lot of dirt and grime getting into their pool water. But wetting your hair with clean water also helps to keep some of the chlorine out of your wet hair. Try it at home and do a comparison. Jump into the pool with dry hair one day and see how much your porous hair soaks up compared to another day when you get in with clean, wet hair!
Protect your hair before you jump in
One of our favourites is applying a thin layer of coconut oil to our hair before getting into the pool. Not only does it add moisture to our hair, it keeps it safe from the effects of chlorine (which has a very useful role in killing bacteria, so let’s not knock it too much). There are other more expensive serums and gels which will do the same job, but if simple and cheap coconut oil works, why go looking for a name brand product? Try and apply it 30-60 minutes before entering the water if possible to really give it time to moisturise your hair.
Wear a swimming cap
Our parents may have been onto something in the old days after all. We thought it was just a fashion statement, but it turns out that a tight-fitting swimming cap can protect your hair while in the water.
Apply a good UV sun protection spray
This is especially important if you are spending some time in the pool without a swimming cap. The occasional spray will help to keep your hair from drying out and fading.
Thoroughly rinse or shampoo after your dip
We each have our post-pool preferences, but whether you like to shampoo or not, take the time to thoroughly rinse your hair in clean water after the swim. And if you do like to shampoo your hair afterwards, buy the best-quality shampoo and conditioner you can get so as to give your hair the best chance at recovery after the pool.
As always, if you have any queries about the right product to use for your skin or hair type, we strongly suggest you seek professional assistance so as to look the very best you can.
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