Swimming outdoors is probably one of the best things that you can do once the weather starts to warm up. Just the mere sight of a pool is already enough to inspire you to do some cannonballs and swan dives. But for your hair colour? That’s an entirely different story. Still, don’t forsake your chance to swim in the pool just to keep your colour intact. Instead, use the following tricks to protect your hair against chlorine and enjoy your remaining summer days without any worries.
- Shower Before Diving In. It may sound counterintuitive, but your hair’s wellbeing may depend on whether or not you’ve showered before jumping into the pool. Once your hair becomes saturated with moisture from clean water, it’ll become harder for pool water to enter your hair’s shaft and inflict some damage. Another option to protect your hair is to apply some conditioner to saturate them beforehand.
- Perform an Oil Treatment. Other than applying conditioner, it would also be a wise move to coat your hair with oil before hitting the pool. Oils, such as olive oil, are the best option since any other products immediately rinses out once you hit pool water. Just ensure that you keep your head covered with a cap, since the oil might cook your hair when exposed under the sun for too long.
- Wear a Swimming Cap. Wearing a cap may look a little silly if you’re just planning to take a dip, but it can also be a great way to keep your hair dry and prevent it from getting in contact with the pool water. If you want, you can also apply some deep conditioner into your strands before putting in your swim cap for an added protection. Not comfortable swimming with a cap? Simply pin or tie your hair back to limit its exposure to the pool water.
- Do a Post-Swim Rinse. One of the best ways to minimize the hair damage brought by chlorine is by thoroughly rinsing your hair once you’re done swimming. Even without shampoo, doing an initial rinse is already enough to prevent residual chemicals from building up, as well as in keeping your hair’s colour and strength.
- Wash With a Clarifying Shampoo. Once you’re done with your initial rinse, you should now wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo to get rid of the remaining chlorine deposits in your hair. If you’re planning to use an at-home solution, hair experts recommend using apple cider vinegar to remove any chlorine deposits and clear up colour-dulling product build-ups.
Protecting your hair against the sun’s heat and pool water can be quite tricky at times. So ensure that you keep these tricks in mind to fully protect your hair not just against the sun, but from the chlorine in the pool water as well.