Swimming is fun, but the chlorine in the water isn’t
Let’s face it, swimming is the most refreshing exercise, where even if you feel tired, you don’t feel like stopping, because of the fun and excitement of playing in the pool. However, a quick dip in the pool can majorly damage your hair. Chlorine has a tendency to strip the hair of its natural oils. The water-treating chemical attacks the lipid layer on the hair’s surface and causes the cuticle to raise, which results in porous, dull hair that’s more susceptible to dryness, color fading, and breakage.
Chlorine interacts with hair color differently depending on your shade. Once chlorine comes in contact with brown hair, the color fades, leaving an underlying orange pigment. Blonde hair absorbs the minerals and chemicals and can take on a greenish cast.
You can relax, you needn’t have to think about keeping out from the pool to ensure the safety of your hair. You can wet your hair with fresh water before you enter the pool so that when you are in the pool, it is less likely to absorb the chlorine since your hair will already be absorbed with freshwater. Hair is like a sponge, so the more fresh water it absorbs, the less likely it is to soak in the chemically-treated water.
Post-pool, you might be inclined to reach for a clarifying shampoo, but you should steer clear. A clarifying shampoo will exacerbate the dehydrating effects of chlorine and will not effectively remove the mineral deposits. If you swim on the reg, a chelating shampoo is a better choice. It will target hard-water minerals and chemicals, like chlorine. However, chelating shampoo can further dry out your hair in the process and should be used sparingly. For regular use, the secret to keeping your summer hair healthy while splashing around? A hydrating shampoo, which will wash out the chlorine while restoring moisture.