How to Protect Your Hair in the Pool This Summer

With summer here, you will probably be spending quite a bit of your free time in a pool. Swimming can be refreshing on a hot day, but the chlorine in pool water can wreak havoc on your hair, causing it to become dry, damaged, and possibly discolored. Here are some simple ways to protect your hair when you go swimming in a pool this summer.

The easiest and most practical way to protect your hair is to wear a cap when you go swimming in a pool. A swimming cap can also help with your technique and keep your hair dry.

Another option is to wet your hair in the shower before you jump into the pool. Damp hair absorbs fewer chemicals than dry hair.

Don’t shampoo your hair before you go swimming in a pool. Shampooing can strip hair of its natural oils that create a barrier against the chemicals in pool water.

Treating your hair with a natural oil, such as jojoba or coconut oil, before you go in the pool can seal the cuticles and create a barrier that can protect your hair from pool chemicals. Another way to create a physical barrier to protect your hair is to treat it with a leave-in conditioner to seal the cuticles before you go swimming.

Loose hair can become tangled while swimming. If you have short hair, secure it with bobby pins or barrettes. If you have long hair, put it in a pony tail or bun. For very long hair, a braid will be more comfortable and less likely to cause damage than a bun or ponytail.

The risk of chlorine damage to your hair shouldn’t stop you from enjoying time relaxing in a pool this summer. If you follow these simple tips, you can enjoy swimming and still have healthy hair for the rest of the summer.

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