Swimming is a fantastic way to stay fit and cool off in the summer, but the chlorine used in pools can be damaging to your hair. Exposure to chlorine can strip away natural oils, leaving your hair dry, brittle, as well as prone to damage and discoloration on lighter hair. However, with proper care and precautions, you can minimize the negative effects of chlorine and keep your hair healthy and vibrant. We’ve got some tips for you to help you keep your hair healthy this summer:
Wet Your Hair Before Swimming: Before diving into the pool, wetting your hair with fresh water is a crucial step. When your hair is already saturated with clean water, it absorbs less chlorinated water. This creates a barrier, reducing chlorine penetration and minimizing potential damage.
Apply a Leave In Conditioner: To provide an extra layer of protection, consider applying a leave in conditioner, prior to getting in the pool. These products are designed to create a barrier on the hair shaft, preventing chlorine absorption. A great option would be the neuMoisture Instant Fix or the neuRepair Leave-In Treatment.
Rinse with Fresh Water: After your swim, make it a habit to rinse your hair with fresh water immediately. This helps to remove chlorine residue and minimize its contact with your hair. Gently comb your fingers through your hair while rinsing to ensure all areas are thoroughly washed. If possible, use a showerhead with a filter to remove any residual chlorine effectively.
Shampoo and Condition Regularly: Using a clarifying shampoo can help eliminate chlorine buildup. These shampoos are designed to remove chlorine and other impurities from the hair. Follow up with a moisturizing conditioner to restore hydration and nourish your hair after chlorine exposure. Opt for sulfate-free and pH-balanced products to maintain the health of your scalp and hair. Neuma Beauty offers a phenomenal cleansing Shampoo and Conditioner that can be used directly after swimming to offset any chlorine damage. Check out the reNeu Shampoo and the reNeu Conditioner.
Limit Chlorine Exposure: If possible, reduce the amount of time you spend in chlorinated water. Instead of prolonged sessions in the pool, consider taking shorter dips or alternating swimming with other water activities. This strategy helps minimize exposure and gives your hair a chance to recover.
Protect Hair From UV Damage: Our hair, much like our skin, is damaged by UV rays. Summer fun and sunshine often go hand in hand. Make sure to use a UV protective leave-in conditioner like the neuRepair Leave-In Treatment.
By implementing these protective measures, you can safeguard your hair against chlorine damage while enjoying your swimming sessions. Remember to wet your hair before swimming, use a protective treatment or swim cap, rinse with fresh water afterward, and follow up with appropriate hair care products. With consistent care and attention, you can keep your hair healthy, strong, and beautiful, even in chlorinated pool environments.