Tips For Protecting Your Hair From Pool Chlorine

Tips For Protecting Your Hair From Pool Chlorine

Pool Chlorine is one of the most common and obvious problems affect blondes. Blonde hair is known to turn green because of the exposure to copper (pipes) and chlorine. Skin problems can also occur in frequent swimmers. If you think about it, skin is the largest organ in the body. While technically water-proof, the skin can absorb contaminants from water. Although long term exposure to chlorine may cause cancer and other ailments, problems to skin and hair are usually not life-threatening. Irritation can occur on the skin and scalp, making for a dry, itchy body and head. Additionally, the Pacific Center for Health says that chlorine can also destroy much-needed proteins in our bodies. Depleted of protein, skin and hair can become very dry. Hair can become unmanageable and color-treated hair can be ruined. Thankfully there are several ways to protect ourselves from chlorine.

Tips For Protecting Your Hair From Pool Chlorine

Tips For Protecting Your Hair From Pool Chlorine

Unfortunately, chlorine is extremely damaging to the hair shaft. Hair has a protective layer of natural sebum that keeps it supple and shiny. Chlorine has a drying effect that strips those oils right off, causing hair to break and look frizzy and aged.

Chlorine and salt can also get under the hair’s cuticles; the scale-like layers that cover the shaft and make it look shiny and smooth. The cuticles usually are flat, but when they’re roughed-up, bumpy and uneven, the hair looks brittle and unmanageable. The worst part is that the problems of too much chlorine doesn’t just look and feel unappealing; it can also weaken the hair so much that you get breakage, split ends and the hair ultimately becomes too fragile to style.

Let’s see some tips which will help handle the effects of chlorine on your hair:

Tips to limit the pools chlorine effects on your hair

Your hair is similar to a sponge, when it’s dry it absorbs more chlorine and when its already well moisturized the risk to get imbued with chlorine is lower. Avoid to spend much time in water no matter how much you love it and to wipe your hair in the water every time you get in the pool.

Rinse your hair also after you get of the pool

You don’t have to wash your hair with shampoo immediately, a simple rinse with water should do enough as it takes of the chemicals contained in the pool water. If you don’t rinse it, the chlorine will dry your hair .

Wash you hair will shampoo as soon as you get home

There are shampoos especially created to carry of the chlorine and chemicals from your hair, so if you go often at the pool buy one.

Hydrate your hair

After hydrating the hair you should regain the hydration it needs to avoid its drying (the chlorine shifts of the proteins from your hair which are responsible with hydration). The solution is to apply a balm on your hair.

Wear a tin hat on your hair if you use to swim

No matter your look with the tin hat on your hair, it can protect your hair from the chlorine existing in the water. When you swim your hair is completely sank in the water, being exposed to chemicals. If you only go the pool to relax you need no tin hat.

There is also a solution for those that feel uncomfortable in swim caps. First of all, you can try to wet your hair with fresh water first, so that less chlorine water can saturate the already wet hair. Another option is to apply oil or conditioner before entering the pool, so that you can have a protective barrier on your hair cuticle.

Add a post-swim routine of deep shampooing, not using the high setting on the blow dryer and using a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush.