I know too many women who won’t dunk their heads when they go swimming. On a really hot day, nothing feels as refreshing as taking a dive into a pool and going for a swim. But, we take our hair care very seriously here at SHEfinds, and understand the internal debate in terms of protecting your hair from pool damage – the struggle is real.
We want every woman to feel confident and able to enjoy all that summer has to offer, so we did some searching and found the official advice on how to protect your hair from chlorine this summer – and by official, we mean advice from swimwear professionals, Speedo.
1) Tap Water. Speedo says to always soak your hair with tap water before swimming so that it absorbs regular water instead of chlorinated water. Hmm, very interesting!
2) Oils on Oils. Once your hair is wet, Speedo recommends that you apply some Moroccan, argan, coconut, or olive oil to your hair. The oils will act as a repellant to the pool water, further protecting your hair from chlorine damage.
3) Sunscreen. If you’re swimming outdoors, apply some sunscreen (probs spray for the best effect) to your hair to avoid dryness and discoloration (if your hair is color-treated), from the sun.
4) Lather Up. After swimming, give your hair a double-wash to make sure you get all of the chlorine outta there! If your hair is dry, try using a super-hydrating or anti-chlorine shampoo.
5) Conditioner. Leave in a deep conditioner for 10-15 minutes to re-hydrate your hair. Or if you’re in a rush, use a hydrating conditioner in the shower and leave it in for 2-3 minutes!
So, there’s no reason to fear the pool. With these simple hacks, your flowing tresses will be protected all summer long!