Tips to Prevent Chlorine Damaged Hair

Tips to Prevent Chlorine Damaged HairSwimming in a pool is something a lot of people love to do because it is a whole lot of fun, however a lot of people don't really think about the fact that pools have chlorine in them and swimming in chlorine can be very damaging to your hair. Chlorine will dry your hair out really bad and it can lead to breaking in your hair.

If you are someone that loves to swim and you do it often just be aware that you could be causing damage to your hair or possibly have already damaged your hair. Today I am going to be talking about not only how to prevent chlorine damage but also how to repair your hair from the chlorine damage you may have.

Create a Conditioning Shield

A great way to prevent damage is by not allowing that chlorine to sink into your hair. You can do this by creating a shield with things like conditioner or even a leave in conditioner. Our personal fave is the Ion Swimmer's Leave-in Conditioner. Just wet your hair before getting in the pool and then apply some conditioner to your hair or spray in a leave in conditioner and comb it through your hair. The conditioner will help to prevent the chlorine from sinking in.

Tips to Prevent Chlorine Damaged HairRinse Your Hair

When you get out of the pool it is so important to rinse your hair right away. It is not completely necessary to actually wash your hair after swimming but you really should rinse your hair because because if you don't rinse the chlorine out of your hair it will just sit on your hair and sink in causing that damage that you don't want.

Tips to Prevent Chlorine Damaged HairWear a Cap

If you are one that swims a lot and you want to prevent any damage in your hair from the chlorine a great way to do so is to wear a swim cap. It may not be the most flattering look but it is a great way to save your hair from any damage and prevent it from getting wet as well. If you are one that has badly damaged hair already, I would highly recommend this.

Thinking chic or feminine for your swim cap? The Sugar Skull TYR La Vengadora Swim Cap (pictured above) is a cute choice. Go full on girly with this Latex with Embossed Flower Pattern Ornament Swim Bathing Cap in 6 different colors.

Tips to Prevent Chlorine Damaged Hair

Conditioning Treatment

To keep your hair nice and healthy conditioning treatments are a great way to maintain the integrity of your hair through the chlorine. If you want to be extra protective you could do a conditioning treatment before you go swimming to prep it for the drying as well as doing a treatment after swimming to restore the moisture to your hair. This Malibu Swimmers Wellness Treatment Kit contains shampoo, conditioner and a mask for your hair.

Obviously all these things are not necessary if you are going to just go swimming for a day every once in a while but if you are a swimmer for the sport or maybe you are just one that likes to spend their Summer days hanging at the pool all of these things can really help your hair because a lot of people don't know just how damaging chlorine can be for your hair because  it dries it out so much. Take care of your lovely locks ladies and gentlemen!

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  1. Lynne B

    Those are great tips that I wish I had when I took some swim classes in college. My hair always felt like straw afterwards.

  2. I need to show this to my wife. She’s always complaining about the way pool chlorine wrecks her hair.

  3. I am going to try that leave in conditioner. In about a week I will be going someplace where I will be in the pool a lot and I really don’t need my hair to be all straw like.

  4. Chlorine can really get the best of my hair. I think wearing a cute cap is smart and fashionable!

  5. I love that embossed cap! It looks so traditional yet fashionable at the same time. Chlorine makes my hair quite sticky. I’ll have to try out a leave-in conditioner.

  6. Pam

    Swimming is a lot of fun, but pools definitely can damage your hair and irritate your skin. It’s so important to rinse off afterward.

  7. Kristi

    They have such fun swim caps now, way more fun than when I was younger. Now my daughters beg to wear their caps, it’s like a fashion statement.

  8. These are great tips!! I’m guilty of not rinsing hair immediately but I think I need to start doing that. Thank you so much for sharing these!

  9. This is such a timely article!
    I know my husband solves the problem by simply shaving all his hair off 🙂 .

  10. Tamra Phelps

    Oh, I remember how dry my hair would get during the Summer when I was a kid & swimming every day. Of course, I was a kid & didn’t care too much, lol. Now, I care!

  11. Those are some cool caps. I never realized how much chlorine can do to my hair, so this is totally worth considering.

  12. Jeanine

    Oh with summer right around the corner this is perfect we will have to utilize these tips especially my girls who I am going to start taking swimming once a week!

  13. This is one thing about swimming that I don’t like. I call it the swimming hangover. You get extremely tired, your eyes burn and your hair feels awful from chlorine. I think I need to take your tips to heart.

  14. My hair takes a beating in the summer months. Between chlorine from pools, the sun, and lake wear, I spend a lot f time with conditioners and treatments.

  15. Amy Desrosiers

    Great tips! I rather use a product verses a cap in public. I am going to have to wash my hair daily and moisturize a lot next month.

  16. Those are some cute swim caps! My daughter would live at the pool if she could, and she won’t wear a swim cap. She’d rather use a leave-in conditioner.

  17. Annemarie LeBlanc

    Thanks for sharing this tip. Now that summer is not that far off, we are looking forward to lots of pool time. I will share this with my friends and family, and I will also make sure my granddaughter’s hair is kept healthy by following this simple tip.

  18. It’s really important to make sure that you shower after you swim. Using conditioner can definitely help! Great tips!

  19. That’s really awesome. I don’t like it when my hair gets damaged from chlorine but we don’t really have a choice. These are helpful tips!

  20. Great tips! I can’t tell you how many times I had clients come in with green hair. These tips are especially important for people who bleach their hair but highlighting. Green is not fun

  21. These are great tips, i grew up swimming all day every day as a kid. I used to condition my hair before and it really made a difference. 

  22. Chlorine for my natural hair is brutal. I am actually seeing caps that fit for my hair type but usually I try to see if I can wear a protective style.

  23. Brianne

    These are such great caps! I so need to use these more when I am swimming laps. 

  24. We’ll be in the pool a lot this summer and we’ll definitely need this guide! Thanks so much for sharing this information.  I’ll have to check this out.

  25. Rosie

    I used to swim in a pool all the time, but haven’t in a while, I would be concerned about my hair. These are good suggestions.

  26. Lisa Queen

    Yes! These are really great tips! I will have to pass these along to my daughter who has a pool. Thanks!

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