It’s almost summertime, and with summer comes pool fun. Unfortunately, chlorine has the potential to transform your hair into brittle and dry strands. To minimize or offset the effect of this chemical, take a few precautions before you dive into the pool.
Wet Your Hair
Perhaps the simplest solution is to wet your hair (and skin) via a simple shower before diving in. When your hair is wet, it absorbs less chlorine, so take advantage of any poolside opportunities for rinsing.
Wear a Swimming Cap
Another easy approach is to wear a swimming cap. No muss, no fuss, no need for hair products. Plus, you can reuse the caps. The downside, of course, is that if you have beautiful hair, you can’t show it off.
Use Hair Products
Products such as coconut oil help protect your hair from chlorine. Just as importantly, coconut oil also safeguards against the sun damaging your tresses. However, putting it on can be a bit of an art. For one thing, rub it into your scalp and distribute it evenly throughout your hair. Alas, coconut oil is a low-key form of protection. If you’re planning a marathon pool fun session in the sun, the oil may not protect your hair and skin quite as much as you would like it to. Still, it’s better than nothing.
In general, look for silicone-based and oil-based products for good results against chlorine. You can also use specialized hair sprays before and after a swim, but they may get pricey.
That’s all for before you dive into the pool. Perhaps you’ve swum a few laps (or more than a few) and gotten a great workout. Or you’ve splashed around with your family for half of a day, and you’re ready to get out. Is there anything further you can do to safeguard against the effects of chlorine? Of course, there is!
Shower Right Away
As soon as you can, rinse your hair out with non-chlorinated water. If you can also wash it with a clarifying shampoo, even better. A clarifying shampoo is one that cleans your hair and scalp.
The next step is to use a moisturizing conditioner that will restore some shine to the hair that chlorine may have dulled. In lieu of that, you can opt for another round of coconut oil.
If you plan to swim pretty much every day in chlorinated water, a swim cap may be a good idea for many of these days. If your dips will be occasional, once or twice a week, then rinsing before and after in addition to using coconut oil should be a great help.
At Transitions of Wisconsin, we understand that if you’re suffering from thinning hair or hair loss, swimming may not be on your agenda this summer. We offer guaranteed solutions utilizing the very latest hair restoration technology, including non-surgical hair replacement, medical hair transplantation, and laser hair loss treatment programs. We’ll have you back in the swimming pool in no time! If you’re interested in scheduling a free consultation, contact us today!