When the temperatures start rising, a lot of people like to head to the pool to hang out with friends, have fun or keep fit. And it’s so good to dive in and cool off when the weather’s so out! Unfortunately, we all know that the water in swimming pools contains chlorine which can dry out not only our skin, but our hair too. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t go swimming. It’s too good an exercise and provides so many benefits that you should still go to your swimming pool. You just have to be careful and follow some easy tips to keep your hair in good condition during and after swimming. But first, you need to know what you need to protect it from:
Chlorine and copper damage hair
Chlorine is a common disinfectant that needs to be present in high levels in swimming pools to sanitize the water and keep it bacteria and virus free. But while this allows a lot to people to swim safely, it also strips moisture from your hair. The result? Hair that’s dry, brittle and prone to split ends and breaking. But that’s not all. Water in swimming pools often have high ph levels and when copper, also present in the water, comes into contact with it, it oxidizes and makes hair turn a very unflattering shade of green!
How to protect hair when swimming
All that doesn’t sound too good but don’t worry. You can still enjoy swimming without your hair having to suffer from it. You just need to protect it. Here’s how:
1. Wear a cap
Swimming caps aren’t very flattering and won’t make you look stylish but they are pretty useful. They protect your hair from getting in contact with the water, so that chlorine won’t damage it. And once you take it off, you’re good to go without having to blowdry or style your hair. Isn’t that a great plus?
2. Wash hair with normal water before swimming
Dry hair has the ability to absorb water quickly but we don’t want it to absorb too much water with chlorine as that will only damage hair. To avoid that from happening, rinse your hair well and thoroughly with normal water. This way, your hair will be saturated with it and won’t absorb too much water with chlorine.
3. Conditioners and oils are your best friends
Another thing you can do before going to the swimming pool is to apply conditioner on your strands. Conditioner coats hair and creates a barrier between your hair and chlorine, keeping your hair moisturized and in good condition. In alternative, you can use either Olive Oil or Coconut Oil. They work just as well as conditioner.
4. Shampoo and condition hair afterwards
Once you get out of the water, wash you hair with clarifying shampoo to get every trace of chlorine and copper out of your hair. Then, apply some conditioner to replenish hair of the moisture it lost and avoid dryness.
How do you protect your hair when you go swimming?