Tips to Protect Your Hair When Swimming

swimmers hairAs the temperature rises, many of you are probably longing for a cool dip in the pool. While you love the idea of diving in and out of the pool while flipping your hair back like Ariel, having green locks might not look so terrific. On top of that, your hair may become dry, brittle and weak if you often swim in treated Broomfield Colorado water.

Luckily, there are some steps you can take before and after swimming so your lovely locks don’t suffer. Here are some tips on how to protect your hair from chlorine damage.

BEFORE SWIMMING

Use a swim cap

While short, occasional exposure to chlorinated water isn’t really bad for your hair, taking frequent trips to the pool can damage your locks. We know it looks a little silly, but a swim cap can make a world of a difference, especially if you’re doing a lot of swimming. This prevents your hair from coming in contact with the Broomfiled pool water; thus, preventing damage.

Saturate your hair with water

Our hair acts like a sponge when it comes in contact with water. It soaks up as much water as it can. You certainly don’t want your hair to absorb Broomfield chlorine laden water. Wet your hair before jumping in the pool to reduce chlorine absorption and the risk of damage.

AFTER SWIMMING

Wash your hair

Washing your hair immediately following your swim is important as it helps get rid of a lot of pool water before it has a chance to dry or bind to your hair.

If you have light-colored locks, your hair is likely to turn green after you exit the pool. Use a clarifying shampoo immediately after swimming to get rid of chlorine and to stop the damaging effect it can have on your hair. If you can’t shampoo your hair right away, at least make sure that you rinse it with clean, fresh water.

Condition your hair

Our hair tends to be dry after swimming. Conditioning your hair will not only restore the lost moisture from your strands, it will also provide an extra layer of protection against pool chemicals.

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