How To Protect Your Hair From Chlorine

With gyms and swimming pools reopening and holidays in the UK very much on the cards for a lot of people, the worry of chlorine arises too. In this blog post we wanted to share some top tips with you to help protect your hair from the damage chlorine can do to it.

  • Soak Your Hair

Before you hop in the pool soak your hair with freshwater. This will swell your hair with non-chlorinated water, and it means that the chlorinated water of the pool will be less likely to penetrate it and cause damage to your hair.

  • Swimming Cap

Swimming caps may not ever be the fashion accessory of the season, but if you are keen to protect your hair then they need to be worn.  A latex swimming hat is your best bet as it will keep your hair dry. However, it is important to note that some swimming pool water will seep in under your hat.

  • Hydrating Cream

If you really don’t want to wear a swimming hat, then you need to make sure you hydrate your hair. There are some really good water-resistant hydrating creams out there which you will need to smooth liberally onto your hair after dampening it. One of the best on the market is the Philip Kingsley Swimcap Cream which was originally made for the American Olympic Synchronised Swimming Team.

  • Get Rinsing

Chlorine will linger in your locks. This means you will need to pay extra time, care and attention when washing your hair. It’s a good idea to shampoo twice to ensure all the chlorine is definitely out of your hair. We would also recommend a conditioner that offers slightly more moisture than usual to give your hair that extra bit of care.

  • Detangling Spray

Many of us with longer hair will have a battle against tangles after a dip in the pool. Detangling spray is a great hair care tool for this. Spray the detangling spray or serum onto your hair and then use a wide-toothed comb to gently work out the tangles in your hair.

  • Hair Masks

Swimming pool water that is full of chlorine can weaken the protein structure of your hair. The chlorine in the water make your hair strands drier, less elastic, easily broken and less manageable too. A weekly hair mask can help increase the moisture in your hair to make it more manageable, while smoothing your hair cuticles and restoring your natural hairs shine.

  • Regular Trims

Make sure you keep up with your hair appointments and regular trims. Chlorine will damage your hair so maybe book in for a trim a week sooner than you would normally. This will help keep your hair in great condition. Your hair colour could also be affected by the chlorine, so make sure you speak to your hair colourist in Huntingdon to keep your hair colour looking fresh.