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How to Protect Hair from Chlorine

How to Protect Hair from ChlorineHow to Protect Hair from Chlorine

Ever had green hair from chlorine? Swimming 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. We hope that you love this How to Protect Hair from Chlorine post.

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People have a ton of questions about chlorine and hair so I have updated this article with a few new things. These questions are constantly getting asked. People want to know things like: What does chlorine do to your hair? Can you stop chlorine turning hair green? Does chlorine turn your hair green? Does bleached hair go green in chlorine? Does chlorine damage hair?
Does chlorine mess up your hair? Can pool chlorine bleach hair? As a result, I am always researching the latest products to remove chlorine from hair and testing them out. We try everything.

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What about you? Do you have questions about chlorine and hair? Do you know:

  • how to protect your hair from chlorine? how long can chlorine stay in your hair? is chlorine bad for your hair?
  • what shampoo gets chlorine out of hair? what does chlorine do to dyed hair?
  • how to remove chlorine from hair? how to get chlorine green out of hair?
  • how to treat damaged hair from chlorine? how to fix chlorine damaged hair?

Read below for answers to these questions and more.

How to Protect Hair from Chlorine

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 Renpure Coconut Whipped Creme 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

If you are looking for natural ways to remove chlorine from hair, then water is absolutely it. Some pools won't let you use leave in conditioner so if that's the case, make certain to rinse your hair before going into the pool. 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. That's right. Rinse your hair before the pool and right after the pool.

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, healthy and to remove chlorine from hair, 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 or swimmers hair mask 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.

Shampoo and Conditioner

It is really important to take care of your hair even when you are not in the pool and this way it's protected before you even step foot in the pool. To get chlorine out of hair, shampoo and condition your hair with products made to get rid of that chlorine smell and fight the effects of chlorine on your hair/skin. This Malibu C Swimmers Wellness Collection contains shampoo, conditioner and a chlorine hair treatment mask for your hair. My kids use this TRISWIM Chlorine Removal Swimmers Shampoo Moisturizing Repairing  Hair

Other Items for Swimmers Dealing with Chlorine

This TRISWIM Swimmers Lotion Moisturizing Skin Repair with Aloe Vera & Vitamins saves my dry skin every day after swimming because of the effects of chlorine on skin and hair. It feels amazing going on and I LOVE the smell. We also suggest swimmers soap which is an all natural aloe soap which leaves no trace of chlorine smell behind. This SwimSpray Chlorine Removal Spray is also perfect for a gym bag. I just ordered this Swimmer's Hair Care Oil, Pre-Swim Defense, Chlorine Removal, Beach Hair Protection, Aqua-Guard to see if if helps as wekll. 

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. A lot of people don't know just how damaging chlorine can be for your hair because it dries it out so much. Some people head to the pool and forget what happens with bleached hair and chlorine and then they are left with chlorine damaged hair. Take care of your lovely locks and you might not experience those dreaded chlorine effects on hair. We hope that you are inspired by this How to Protect Hair from Chlorine post. Happy sunning!

How to Protect Hair from Chlorine

Tips to Prevent Chlorine Damaged Hair

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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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