Pool parties and beach trips might be everyone’s favorite summer time fun activity. Who wouldn’t want to throw on a bikini with a sassy cover up and strut around with a margarita in hand?
Most of us spend hours online searching for the perfect swimsuit and researching the perfect hairstyle, but did you ever stop to think of researching how to protect your hair from the chlorine?
No matter how ratchet or fancy a pool is, you can guarantee that there is a ton of chlorine in it. The chlorine helps keep the pool clean and eliminates any bacteria that can form inside of the pool. This is great for keeping your health safe but can be detrimental to your hair.
Chlorine can cause your hair pH balance to shoot up and dry your hair out. It only takes one pool dive to cause damage to your hair and yet it takes months to repair it. This is why it’s important to take the proper precautions to your hair by doing the following:
WEARING A SWIM CAP – You might be thinking “well, DUH!” in your head but I bet you probably don’t even wear one when you’re swimming and who could blame you? Think back to summer of 97 when everyone was sent off to sleep away camps with swim caps packed away (thanks to mom). It wasn’t exactly the most stylish accessory and it was very uncomfortable. Thankfully, you have innovative brands like Sporti who make cute swimming caps in different styles and colors.
Wearing a swimming cap is your number one defense against Chlorine. It’s the most protection you can get for your hair while taking a dip in the pool. By creating a barrier against the chemicals and your hair, you are saving yourself a ton of damage. A good alternative could be a plastic cap or shower cap also. If you have a lot of hair, just throw it back into a scrunchie on the top of your hear or in the back and then place the cap over it.
RINSE OR CONDITION BEFORE SWIMMING – If you’re not sold on the idea of wearing a cap, then I suggest rinsing or conditioning your hair before you go into the pool. By doing this, your hair will absorb the water which means less absorption of chemicals when you go swimming. By putting in conditioner it also creates a barrier between your hair and the chlorine. You can also use shea butter or coconut oil to create a barrier to protect your hair.
WASH YOUR HAIR IMMEDIATELY AFTER SWIMMING – I don’t care if you have braids, twists, extensions, or even faux locs, YOU MUST WASH YOUR HAIR AFTER SWIMMING! A lot of people think since they have “protective styles” in that they can skip out on shampooing their hair after swimming. You’re doing more damage than you think.
The chlorine that your hair absorbed while you swam can be trapped inside the hair if you don’t wash your hair. This could mean weeks of chlorine sitting in your hair causing your hair to dry. You can still shampoo your braids and use a squeeze bottle to get into those strands that are braided. I personally prefer crochet braids because they are easier to get into.
Now that you are armed with knowledge use that power to give your hair the treatment it deserves. I know August is a big time for people to travel and hit up pool parties so if you plan on going under, I suggest taking these tips so that your hair remains healthy.