How to Protect Your Hair While Swimming

How to Protect Your Hair While Swimming
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“I can’t go to the pool I don’t want to get my hair wet”. I’m sure at some point or another you have said or heard this phrase. No this isn’t stated because people hate getting their hair soaked or that dealing with damp hair is uncomfortable. People say this because chlorine is such a harsh chemical that can destroy the healthiness of anyone’s hair.
So, I’m here to give you some tips on how to protect your hair before and after getting in that water. Let’s dive on in!

The Danger of Chlorine On Hair

If you are an avid swimmer, you are bound to come into contact with chlorine on your hair. If hair absorbs too much chlorine into the follicles, it can dry out the scalp. This can leave your hair depleted, brittle, and prone to breakage.
Some of you may not know, but our hair is made up of several layers; the most important segments are the cuticle and the cortex. The core of our hair strand is the cortex; the outer layer which is the epidermis protects the cortex.
The cuticle is the shiny, smooth part of the hair, and it is kept polished and soft by a layer of sebum that is produced by our scalps. The chlorine found in pools can strip away the sebum that is coming from our scalps, and this is what causes our hair to dry out, lose shine and leads to breakage and split ends.

Tips To Protect Your Hair Before You Swim

Protecting your hair before you swim is just as important as after. Lets go over some tips to protect your hair before you swim.

Use an Outdoor Pool

Pools outside allow chemicals like chlorine that is in the water to escape in the air, and this leaves less of the chlorine contaminate on your hair and skin. In fact, these pools are better for your eyes, sinuses, and respiratory health if you are a long-time swimmer. If you need to swim in an indoor pool, you should look for a well-ventilated one to help chlorine gases escape.

Coconut Oil Is Your Best Friend

Coconut oil or olive oil are great and useful products that can help protect your hair from chlorine. If you rub coconut or olive oil on your scalp, it helps naturally produce sebum, which will keep your hair strands shiny and healthy. These oils help bring moisture back to the hair; they also have vitamins A, E, and antioxidants filled in them.

Swim Cap

Swim caps reduce the load of water that encounters your hair and lessen the amount of hair that can come in contact with your face while swimming. They’re also reusable and since your scalp won’t be exposed to the chlorine as much in this, it will help your hair maintain it’s health.

Wet Your Hair Before Swimming

Having your hair wet before you come in the pool decreases the chance of chlorinated water entering your scalp, and being absorbed into the hair follicles. You can also use this technique on your skin, for this reason, it is a must that you take a good shower and thoroughly soak your skin and hair before you enter the pool for a swim.
How To Protect your Hair After Swimming
What you do to your hair before swimming is just as important as what you do after. Let’s go over a few steps you can take to protect your hair after swimming.

Wash Hair After Swimming

It is critical to wash the excess chlorine out of your hair after leaving the pool. You do not want to wait too long after swimming to act, or this will leave you with dull and dry hair. Make sure to rinse hair with cold water. This will help seal the hair cuticle, and all of the chlorine is appropriately washed out.

Towel Pat Dry Hair

Make sure you use a wide tooth comb. Regular combs have teeth that are tiny, and close together which makes combing through wet hair very dangerous. Regular combs will pull and tug on the simplest of hair knots. Instead, a wide tooth comb will minimize ripping the hair from your scalp. The best way to detangle hair is to hold it in your hands midway. Next, comb from the bottom of your hair and work your way up and toward the top of your head.

Wear Protective Hairstyles

Wearing a protective hairstyle can eliminate nearly 70 percent of the chlorine that comes in contact with your hair before and after swimming.

If you have some tips for keeping hair protected from chlorine that is not on this list, feel free to comment and give us some of your feedback. Also, let us know if you plan on trying any of these tips in the future.

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