Chlorine is a disinfectant – it kills all bacteria. Short exposure to chlorine may make your hair feel dry for a day or two, but it will not damage your hair. Repeated exposure to chlorine, however, can cause great damage to your hair. Chlorine strips away the oil that your scalp produces to protect your hair, leaving it vulnerable to dryness, cracking, and splitting. If you do not take steps to protect your hair, you will end up with significantly-damaged locks.
You need to be especially vigilant about your hair if it is color-treated, chemically-treated, dry, thin, or already damaged. However, everyone can help their hair out by following these tips:
- Saturate your hair with clean water before you get in the pool. This will prevent your hair from absorbing all chlorine water.
- Use a swim cap. Before you put it on, fill your hair with clean water and put on a light conditioner.
- Rinse, rinse, and rinse again. After you exit the pool, rinsing in the shower will go a long way in removing the chlorine.
- Shampoo immediately. Do research on types of shampoos made specifically for swimmers – they’re designed to remove chlorine!
- Condition immediately. Conditioning replaces the moisture and protein that the chlorine stripped away. Leave-in conditioner is highly recommended.
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