It’s summertime and pool days are in full swing. The heat of the sun and the good vibes of friends help you soak in this beautiful time of year as you hang around the water. From a young age, we are taught to protect our skin with the proper SPF and we listened because a good sunburn can leave a nice sting. But, have you ever thought about what the chemicals in the water may do to your hair? Whether it be the chlorine or the salt, we have put together a list of ways to protect what we like to call your ‘permanent crown’ (a.k.a. your hair).
A Swimmer’s Hair Routine
Before You Swim
Wet your hair with non-chlorinated water as wet hair tends to be less absorbent than dry hair. This will help your strands absorb less chlorine.
Apply olive oil or coconut oil to help protect your hair. “It creates a slippery barrier between your strands and the harmful chlorine,” Glamour said. This is an effective coating because as the hair gets wet, the natural and nourishing oils will further protect your hair.
Pull dry hair up in a messy bun, braids, knot bun or classic pony. Putting your hair up helps limit the time your long locks spend in the water. Scrunchy or hair-ties? That decision is up to you.
After You Swim
Wash your hair as soon as possible with lukewarm water followed by a cold-water rinse to seal in the cuticle. Chlorine dries out the hair shaft so rinsing the toxins out of your hair will immensely benefit your scalp and help preserve the life of your hair color.
Tami Daniel, Architexture’s Owner, suggests using a protein rich conditioner to stabilize your hair especially if you have a hair color treatment coming up.
“Clients run the risk of having their hair over-processed if they are not forthcoming about having their hair in chlorinated water,” Tami said.
Products We Recommend
Davine’s SU Hair Milk protects your hair from UV rays and hydrates the hair during excess sun exposure. This product is great for conditioning the hair without weighing it down!
We also recommend the Davine’s Nounou Hair Mask to hydrate chemically treated hair and better your overall hair health.
There is always the option of wearing a swim-cap, but we understand you may not want to everyday 🙂
Questions? Give us a call, send us an email or leave a comment below.