Protecting your hair when swimming

Protecting your hair when swimming

Swimming is a great way to exercise and have fun, whether at your local pool or in the sea when the weather is kind enough. Although a lot of thought is given to what kind of costume to wear while swimming, many people forget to think about hair care while in the water.

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Chlorine is essential in swimming pools to keep the water bacteria-free; however, it is a chemical and the results of exposing your hair to it can be harsh. Chlorine basically ages your hair, and the results can leave it looking like straw.

Swimming in the sea is not risk-free either, as the combination of salt and sun makes it easy to damage your hair while swimming. Why run the risk of making your crowning glory dry, frizzy or brittle, or ruining the colour you spent so much money on, when a little thought and planning can help you to avoid such disasters?

Take a look at these two simple ways to make hair damage from swimming a distant memory. All it takes is a little effort before you get into the water and a little more immediately after – it is that easy.

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Buy a swimming cap

Caps work well with all lengths of hair. It is easy to find attractive caps these days, so you don’t need to be put off if looking stylish is crucial. If you really can’t make yourself wear one, at least rinse your hair with plain water and rub in some virgin olive or coconut oil before swimming to reduce the amount of salt or chlorine your hair absorbs.

Shampoo after swimming

If you didn’t wear a cap, it is important to shampoo your hair as soon as possible after swimming to remove damaging chemicals or salt. At the beach, this may mean compromising with a plain water rinse until later; at the pool, using a product such as KLORANE shampoo with mango butter, which is available from stockists such as http://www.lifeandlooks.com/klorane-with-mango-butter.html, is best. The sooner you wash away the pollutants in your hair, the less damage they will do.

There is no need to avoid swimming due to hair health concerns, especially now you know how to avoid them. Go out and enjoy the water without worrying about the price your hair will have to pay.