It’s finally summertime and we are ready to soak up some sun! A popular way to beat the heat is to of course take a dip in that cool, ever-so-soothing swimming pool. While the water feels fabulous on your skin and swimming is a fantastic, low-impact way to exercise, the chemical-filled pool water can be devastating to your otherwise lovely locks.
Chemicals are used in swimming pools to kill bacteria in the water to protect the swimmer, but what are you doing to protect your hair from the drying and discoloration those chemicals can cause? Here are our top 7 tips for protecting your mane from pool water plunders so you can cool off this summer worry-free!
1. Wear a Swim Cap
Though it might not be the fashion statement of the season, wearing a swim cap is THE best way to protect your locks from damaging chemicals. You may not look the most fashionable in the pool, but your healthy, moisture-filled, shiny hair will turn some heads at the after party!
2. Comb in a Conditioner
Comb a light, leave-in conditioner through your hair before diving in. The conditioner will help protect your hair from absorbing so many pool chemicals. Notice we recommended a light conditioner – a heavy, oily conditioner may not be good for the swimming pool. Try Aussie Hair Insurance Spray Leave-In Conditioner ($4.29).
3. Soak Before Entering
Soak your hair in regular water before dunking it in the chlorine tank. Saturated hair is less likely to absorb the pool water’s chemicals.
4. Put Your Hair Up
Try and keep your hair in a ponytail, bun or braid if the length allows. This can help some of the hair stay dry if you don’t put your entire head in the water. It also keeps the hair from tangling as badly so you are less likely to cause additional damage when combing your hair out after the pool party.
5. Shower Immediately
Shampoo and condition your hair as soon as you get out of the pool. If you don’t have access to product, at least rinse the chlorinated water out. Allowing the chemicals to dry in your hair, as well as on your skin, will only increase their dreaded drying powers.
6. Clarify Weekly
Use a clarifying shampoo once a week to rid your hair of any lasting chemicals. Our latest love is Pureology’s sulfate-free Purify Shampoo ($27.00).
7. Condition Yourself to Deep Condition
A weekly, deep conditioning treatment can restore moisture and shine to hair dulled by pool chemicals and other crazy summer atmospheric conditions. We love Macadamia Natural Oil’s Deep Repair Masque ($33.00) or Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition 3-Minute Undo Dryness Reversal Treatment ($5.99).