Protecting Your Hair While Swimming
Summer is quickly approaching and when summer comes so does the pool outings and pool parties. Now many people tend to shy away from actually taking a dip into the pool because of the chlorine that is used in them to keep them clean; which could damage hair if proper precautions aren't taken. Well...luckily you don't have to avoid the pool any longer. You too can dive, backstroke, and doggie paddle with the best of them by following these simple steps to protect your hair.
Wet Your Hair
Wetting your hair before taking a swim could be very helpful to the hair. Wetting the hair will allow the hair to soak up fresh water making less room for the hair to absorb the chlorine water in the pool.
Add Conditioner To Your Hair
Adding conditioner to the hair acts like the fresh water does to the hair as previously mentioned. It will coat the hair and absorb into the hair causing a slight barrier between your hair and the chlorine, so your hair will absorb less of the chlorine.
Wear a Swim Cap
Wearing a latex or silicone cap swim cap can be a great barrier between your hair and the chlorine. Now I understand that it's not the most attractive thing to wear to the pool and you may even look like a cone head, but it is a great way to keep the chlorine at bay. I also want to note that it's not 100% chlorine proof as some chlorine water may seep into the cap, but its a great alternative then swimming with your hair our freely.
Shampoo and Condition Your Hair
After you are finished taking your dip, you should definitely rinse you hair off with fresh water to remove as much chlorine as possible and you should follow that up with a good shampooing and a conditioning treatment. Using a shampoo with EDTA or Phytic Acid in it can thoroughly get rid of minerals and chlorine from the hair. If your regular shampoo doesn't contain those ingredients than you should still use your regular shampoo and follow with a great conditioner to remove the chemicals and restore the hair.
Those are the simple steps that you can use in order to enjoy your next pool experience. No longer do you have to sit on the side lines, but you too can join the fun.
We want to hear from you. What other steps can be taken to avoid chlorine damage for swimmers? Let us know below.
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