It is well known that chlorine can wreck the swimmer’s hair making it frizzy, bleached out and dry with split ends. It also dries out the scalp, and can cause dandruff.

The inner layer of the hair is covered by an outer layer called the cuticle which is protected by a natural lubricant called sebum. Chlorine absorbs the sebum from the hair, leaving it unprotected and dry. And when the hair is chemically treated (i.e: permed, colored…), it is even more vulnerable to the effects of chlorine.

Here are a few tips that you can take into consideration to prevent and repair hair damage caused by chlorine:

  1. Go easy with hair coloring, perms, waves, hot curlers, hair straighteners and blow dryers
  2. Before you go swimming, rinse your hair with tap water to saturate it
  3. Put conditioner in your hair
  4. Wear a rubber swimming cap; it might not keep all the chlorinated water out, but it will still help
  5. To dry your hair, pat or squeeze gently with a towel, or blow dry it gently at cool or medium temperatures
  6. After swimming, rinse your hair with tap water to remove all the chlorinated water
  7. Wash your hair with moisturizing shampoos and conditioners
  8. Use a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush to untangle your hair when it’s wet


If your hair is already damaged:

  1. Get an expert’s help
  2. Apply coconut oil; it’s a natural way to repair your hair when it’s damaged by chlorine
  3. Try a clarifying shampoo, or baking soda to clarify your hair
  4. Rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar (diluted with water) to remove the chlorine buildup
  5. Use a regular protein treatment to replenish the protein in your hair and give it back its strength
  6. Deep condition your hair regularly
  7. Use a shower filter with a Vitamin C cartridge
  8. Get a haircut to remove the damaged ends

 More: Effects of chlorine and salt water on your skin

Keep swimming 🙂

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