If you’re a swimmer, you know that chlorine can be tough on your hair. But there are ways to protect your locks while you’re enjoying a dip. Check out our tips on how to keep your hair healthy while swimming.
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Wet your hair before swimming
It’s important to wet your hair before swimming. This creates a barrier between your hair and the chlorinated water.Start by wetting your hair with clean water and then apply a conditioner. Make sure to avoid getting any water on your face or in your eyes, as it can be irritating. Once your hair is fully saturated, put on a swim cap.
Apply a leave-in conditioner
Before you take a dip, apply a generous amount of leave-in conditioner to your hair and scalp ( focus on the ends) to prevent the chlorinated water from drying it out.
Put your hair up in a bun
Wet your hair before you get in the pool. This will help your hair absorb less chlorinated water.
Wear a swim cap. This is the best way to protect your hair.
Put your hair up in a bun. If you don’t have a swim cap, put your hair up in a bun. This will help keep it from getting too wet.
Wash your hair as soon as possible after swimming. Rinse it with clean water first to remove the chlorine. Then shampoo and condition it.
Rinse your hair with fresh water after swimming
It’s important to rinse your hair with fresh water as soon as possible after swimming, as salt water and chlorinated water can be very drying to the hair. If you’re at the beach, rinse your hair with sea water before towel drying it to remove any sand or salt. If you’re swimming in a pool, rinse your hair with clean water from a shower or hose before getting out.
Use a deep conditioner once a week
If you shaft your hair with a chemical treatment, it’s important to follow up with a deep conditioner about once a week. Look for products that are specifically designed to repair damage from chemicals.
You can also make your own deep conditioner at home. Just combine one egg with two tablespoons of mayonnaise, and apply it to your hair for 20 minutes before shampooing.