Chlorine and your hair
After spending arguably way too much of our monthly income on achieving the perfect sun-kissed balayage the last thing you want to do is ruin it by plunging into a swimming pool full of chlorine.
Why? Because although chlorine is great for destroying bacteria and making that swimming pool a little less grim to swim in, it’s also harsh on your hair.
Who's hair is most at risk?
Everyone that regularly exposes their hair to chlorinated water risks damage, but some hair types will damage faster or more severely. If your hair meets the following criteria, you will want to take extra care to prevent and treat chlorine damage:
Colour Treated Hair: especially if your hair is chemically lightened or highlighted.
Chemically Treated Hair: permed or relaxed
Thin or Fine Hair
Previously Damaged Hair
How to protect your hair.
You can do a few things immediately before and after you hit the pool to prevent chlorine from damaging your beautiful locks.
Saturate Your Hair with Water before you get in the pool. Fully rinse your hair with clean tap water to completely saturate your hair. Have you ever noticed that a sponge will only absorb so much water, and once it’s full the water just runs off? Your hair is similar to a sponge. If you saturate your hair with clean tap water, your hair will be less likely to absorb as much of the chlorinated water in the pool.
Use a Swim Cap. They might not look the best but if you’re doing a lot of swimming or are concerned about damage, a swim cap can make a world of difference.
Apply a hair mask before swimming. Cover your hair in lashings of hair mask then tie your hair up into a bun at the top of the head to avoid it getting wet.
Rinse, rinse, rinse. After you exit the pool give your hair a good clean rinse in the shower, this will start the process of removing the chlorine from your hair. In fact, it’s a good idea to rinse your hair often with clean water while swimming to keep flushing the chlorine and chemicals out.
Shampoo. Shampooing your hair immediately after chlorine exposure is the best way to remove the bulk of the chlorine and stop the damage it may be causing to your hair. Some shampoos are specially made to help remove chlorine and are a great idea for regular swimmers.
Moisture/Protein Balance. Just as important as removing the chlorine, you have to replace the moisture and protein that the chlorine strips from your hair as soon as possible. It’s important to condition your hair well after shampooing, and I highly recommend a leave-in protein conditioner to soothe dry, frazzled hair and prevent split ends.
Plus of course use Olaplex treatments with every hair appointment and between if you can.