Will Chlorine Damage your Hair?
In this article we will read How to protect hair while swimming or how to avoid hair damage while swimming.
Chlorine, is a chemical disinfectant added to the water in many swimming pools for cleaning of pool water. Chlorine kills bacteria though a fairly simple chemical reaction. The chlorine solution you pour into the water breaks down into many different chemicals, including hypochlorous acid and hypochlorite ion. Both kill microorganisms and bacteria.
Regular exposure to chlorinated swimming pools can cause significant damage to your hair. By using some really simple methods we can protect our hair by this chlorine damage and can take care hair while swimming.
1. Saturate Your Hair with Water. Before you enter the pool, rinse your hair with clean tap water to saturate your. Your hair is similar to a sponge. If you saturate your hair with clean tap water, your hair will be less likely to absorb as much of the chlorinated water in the pool.
2. Grab a mixture of Mustard oil and extra virgin coconut oil and apply a generous amount to your strands. Try to do this at least 1 hour before your swim. The reason behind it is, because it’s very moisturizing and it actually penetrates your hair strands and prevents salt and chlorine damage.
3.Use a Swim Cap. If you’re doing a lot of swimming or are concerned about damage, a swim cap can make a world of difference. Before putting your cap on, saturate your hair with clean water.
4. Get a clarifying shampoo. Use it immediately after swimming because you don’t want to leave the chlorine or salt just sitting there. Clarifying shampoo is the only way to remove deep-down dirt and build up. Use with caution though because clarifying shampoos that are not all natural can strip your hair of it’s natural oils and be very drying. Use a small amount and try hard not to use it more than once or twice a month.
5. Moisture/Protein Balance. Just as important as removing the chlorine, you have to replace the moisture and protein that the chlorine strips from your hair as soon as possible. It’s important to condition your hair well after shampooing, and I highly recommend a leave-in protein conditioner to soothe dry, frazzled hair and prevent split ends.