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How to Protect Your Hair During Swimming?

Swimmers are probably the healthiest beings since the body is well toned due to the exercise those muscles get during the swim session but what about the hair?

Swimmers’ hair suffer the most during swimming since the water in swimming pools are loaded with chemicals that create an unpleasant environment for your lovely tresses. So what do you do? You start taking care of your hair the right way from today! How? Read this article and apply what best suits your regime

What chlorine can do to your hair?

  • Chlorine dries out your hair, stripping it of sebum, its natural lubricant.
  • It damages your hair cuticles, leading to hair that are thin, frizzy, brittle and breakage prone.
  • Chlorine can change the colour of your hair over time
  • Chlorine makes your scalp itchy

How can you protect your hair from chlorinated water in the pool?

Chlorine is not a hair friendly chemical. While you swim chlorine is going to make sure your hair loses its strength, shine and quality over the period of time. Imagine looking your best because of your beautifully toned body but dull, thin tresses breaking the moments for you!

Your hair is a beautiful part of your body and I feel you should totally do everything in your control to protect your hair from the harsh water of the swimming pool.  

So what can you do?

You can protect your hair with these fixes used before (or after) your swimming session)

What all you can do before the swimming session?

This one layers your hair beforehand jumping into that swimming pool! At the same time it will nourish your hair while you are in chlorinated water. This is a proven method since oils are magical to our hair and it will shield your hair making it lustrous and will not allow chlorine to coat your tresses.

Already wet hair won’t allow higher quantities of buildup of any other chemical present in your swimming pool’s water. Just before you are about to jump in the swimming pool make sure you take a shower from head wetting your hair completely and really well! 

Wear a Swim Cap

As traditional as it may sound, this is foolproof to help your tresses stay safe and healthy while you swim. It provides a barrier between the water and your hair. I know it might ruin your style for a few hours but hey your hair is so precious aren’t they?

Apply a Leave in Conditioner

This I believe is really a cool way to protect and nourish your hair at the same time. Wash your hair and use a leave-in conditioner under that shower cap. So while you are swimming and enjoying your hair is going to enjoy this moisture bath! Use a generous amount of leave in conditioner and watch your tresses bounce in joy afterwards

Now what if you are too lazy or just didn’t feel like doing any of the easy steps above to save your precious hair? Don’t worry you still have a chance to protect your hair from the damage that occurred in the chlorinated water in the swimming pool!

Hair Rinses to Protect Your Hair from Chlorine

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Sodium Ascorbate Rinse

Swim Protection Spray

DIY Hair Rinse/Spray

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

This magical vinegar balances the PH of your hair. Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water and rinse it through your hair after swimming. Leave it on for a few minutes to let this magical potion do its job. Even better, if you have a spray bottle, spray the solution right onto your scalp and along the length of your hair, then massage it in. Use a fragrant conditioner if you cannot stand the smell of the vinegar.

Sodium Ascorbate Rinse

Mix the sodium ascorbate with the distilled water until dissolved.  Mix 1 tsp sodium ascorbate to an empty 8 oz water bottle and bring it along with you to the pool. After swimming, fill the bottle with water, shake and spray on your hair. Make sure you use it within 1-2 hours after swimming before it loses its magical properties

Swim Protection Spray

DIY Hair Rinse/Spray

Vitamin C is proven to be an a great neutralizer of chlorine’s bond to hair and skin!

You can create this amazing spray by mixing one tablespoon of Gooseberry (amla) juice OR Amla powder, one tablespoon of lemon juice and dilute with 200ml of water (increase the quantities proportionately if needed). Spray into your hair really well and massage a little before and/or after and rinse with clean water after 15 minutes. 

What this basically does is that it neutralizes the effect of chlorine that binds to your hair post a swimming session. Lemon juice acts as a scalp cleanser. Amla has high concentration of Vitamin C and can boost your hair quality and health immensely ( I drink amla juice every day and yes this is true that it can boost the quality of your hair!)

Use it after you swim. Limit this to once per day and increase post checking its impact on your hair quality which will surely amaze you!

how to protect hair during swimming

Swimming is one of the best ways to let your body do the best workout. But since you have got all the necessary information now, forget about the tension of losing your hair quality. Do what is most feasible for your hair and schedules. Try the DIY mist and drop me a comment about how it works out for you? Till then have fun and keep reading…

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  1. Thank you for sharing the valuable knowledge of protect hair during the swimming. I was struggling to find how to make the DIY spray but now my problem is solved. You are life saviour. I do agree with you drinking Amla Juice daily can improve the hair texture and quality.

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