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Video: Protect Your Hair From Chlorine: All Our Tips
Do you like swimming in the pool? The sun is not the only one that damages hair. The chlorine in the water can also cause irritation and dryness in the hair. Yes, at low concentrations, chlorine helps protect pool water from bacteria and germs, but swimming in chlorinated water frequently can cause great damage to the hair and scalp. It is therefore essential to protect your hair from chlorine. Our advice can be found in the following paragraphs.
Is Chlorine Bad for Skin and Hair?
Diving occasionally in a chlorinated pool to do a few lengths has no major effect on the condition of the hair. But if you swim regularly, it is possible that the chlorine will damage them, making them porous and brittle. The hair becomes visibly dry and rough. But rest assured, this scenario will only occur as a result of exposure to much higher chlorine levels than in a normal swimming pool. In addition, it is mistakenly believed that chlorine can cause a change in hair color, and more specifically a greenish tinge. The truth is, the discoloration comes from oxidized metals in the water. The explanation is that certain colorings and exposure to chlorine make the hair porous and the hair more easily absorbs the chemicals that cause discoloration.
How to protect your hair from chlorine?
1. Before going swimming, take a shower, making sure to wet your hair. This will moisturize the scalp and prevent the hair from absorbing chlorine once in the water.
2. Another tip is to apply coconut oil to wet hair. In addition to nourishing the mane, this will help to waterproof it slightly, which will help repel chlorine.
3. To prevent hair from drying out in the sun when swimming in open water, it is advisable to spray it with a sun protection product against UVA and UVB rays. You can bet on a sun oil, a leave-in cream or a protective spray. The product should be chosen according to the needs of your hair.
4. Always before swimming, it is advisable to use a waterproof swimming cap which will reduce exposure of the hair to chlorinated water. This is a very effective method, because it acts as a physical barrier between the water and the hair. For your information, there are 4 types of swim caps which include: fabric swim caps (these are not waterproof and only protect against splashes); rubber swimming caps (these are waterproof but difficult to put on); silicone cups (waterproof and very practical to put on); the fabric cups on the inside and silicone on the outside (totally waterproof and the most comfortable).
5. Another tip is to tie your hair up high so it doesn't get wet. These two tips will help to avoid damaging the hair with intensive use of the pool.
6. After swimming, rinse and wash your hair immediately, making sure to remove all traces of chlorine. You can use a special swimming pool shampoo or a purifying designed shampoo. If your hair is dyed, it is better to choose a special shampoo to maintain the color. Do not hesitate to coat the hair with a nourishing conditioner or a moisturizer.
7. Finally, you can nourish the hair with vegetable oil, such as coconut oil which will give vigor and shine to the hair, or even argan oil or avocado oil. If your scalp is oily, apply only the ends. The oils will help lock in moisture in the hair and create a filter that will protect the hair.
8. To avoid further attacking the hair, favor drying in the open air.
In addition to all these actions, special care must be taken to your hair on a daily basis. For example, you can apply a hydrating mask that you leave on overnight for deep hydration. Apply a clarifying shampoo at least once a week. This will remove all excess products on the hair and scalp, such as oils, creams, silicones etc.
If you notice green tints in your hair, it's simply a chemical reaction between the chlorine and copper in pool water. To remedy the problem, rinse your hair well, then apply a coconut milk mask and take a hot oil bath. If the reflections do not disappear on the first try, repeat the operation.