A dip in the pool can be refreshing on a hot summer day, but chlorine exposure can cause damage to hair. Short, occasional exposure will dry out your hair for a day or so. But, if you’re a regular swimmer, your hair can undergo significant damage. Color treated, chemically treated, dry, or thin hair is most at risk for damage. You can limit damage by:
+ Saturating your hair with water before you enter the pool to keep it from absorbing more chlorine.
+ Using a swim cap to keep your hair dry.
+ Shampooing immediately after chlorine exposure.
While preventing damage is important, restoring moisture and protein balance to damaged hair will really bring your mane back to life. Luckily, there are many products and tricks that can help keep your hair healthy. Here are some favorites from Influensters like you:
Price: $40 at Kerastase
The Scoop: This light weight, protective oil protects all hair types from UVA and UVB sun damage, chlorine, and salt water. Hydrating macadamia oil coats the porous surface of hair to keep damaging chlorine from drying out each strand.
What Influensters Have to Say: “Great for the beach, pool anywhere that you’ll be in the sun. Just slick and go and know it’s protected. Greasy but good for preserving hair. When you come home and shampoo it’s well conditioned. ” – Mary Lee P.
Price: $4.99 at Target
The Scoop: Shampoo and conditioner are vital to the treatment of chlorine-damaged hair. Hair should be shampooed and rinsed thoroughly immediately after leaving the pool. And, conditioning helps to restore lost moisture. UltraSwim is formulated to repair damage caused by chlorine to the vulnerable outer protein of hair. It can take you from dry strands to lush locks.
What Influensters Have to Say: “Hair in our house gets crispy in the summer with all the swimming we do. Pools, beaches, water parks, wind, sun, etc. It’s all damaging. This (used with the shampoo) brings moisture back to our hair and gets us ready for another day of fun in the sun. Seriously, we went from having three heads of crunchy damaged hair, to soft & manageable manes.” – Kelly R.
Price: $4.99 at Walgreens
The Scoop: Little heads are prone to chlorine damage, too. L’oréal Kids’ Swim and Sport is formulated to get chlorine out of hair. Your little one’s head will no longer smell like chlorine and his or her hair will be cleansed of the damaging pool chemical. The bright orange scent and “no tear” formula mean your kids will enjoy their bathtime.
What Influensters Have to Say: “Great for kids and even teens for in the summer to take to the pool to help get out the chlorine and it really works and inexpensive way to keep kids hair healthy and clean. I use this product every summer.” –Shaylene M.
Price: $12.19 at Soap.com
The Scoop: This mild, tear-free shampoo was created to deeply clean and restore PH balance to hair after swimming. The natural formula uses passion flower, cherry bark, rosemary, soy, and wheat proteins to restore balance to hair. Leave-in conditioner is an important step in repairing damaged hair!
What Influensters Have to Say: “I bought this for my daughter when she was 4 years old because I wanted something safe to use on her Hair. It is a good product and I recommend it to everyone that has a little girl with long Hair. It helped her get rid of dryness” – Jessica S.
Price: $2.99 at Kmart
The Scoop: This conditioner has been fortified with proteins and amino acidts to repair shine and strength to hair damaged by the elements. Additionally a nourishing keratin and antioxident complex work to reduce hair breakage and restore your hair to a healthier state.
What Influensters Have to Say: “I grew up a swimmer and we were always looking for the best shampoo/conditioner combo to keep the chlorine out of our hair. Suave does a decent job balancing price and quality, I thought suave did a real good job.” –Tim B.
How do you keep your hair healthy after a dip in the pool? Let us know your tips and favorite products in the comments. Head to the Influenster website for more!
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