Chlorine and salt can dry and damage your hair, so swimmers need to take extra care of their hair.
I love swimming but I hardly swim anymore and my hair is to blame. In summer, I often swim at the beach but I miss swimming as a regular exercise.
When I was young I used to swim all the time. Swimming is a fantastic low impact exercise for your body; it’s just very high impact on your hair.
Yes I use my hair as an excuse.
“The chlorine is bad for my hair” and “It’s too much effort to do my hair after swimming” have been said many times. Tell me I’m not the only one that blames my hair?
To counteract these excuses, I’ve got five simple hair care tips for swimmers that will leave your hair in better condition after swimming than before you stepped in the pool.
5 hair care tips for swimmers
- Wet your hair before swimming – whether swimming in the sea or in a pool, saturate your hair with fresh water before you dive in. Hair that is dry will automatically absorb the salt and chlorine but hair that is already wet won’t.
- Rinse your hair after swimming – even if you’re not washing your hair, rinse your hair straight after swimming with fresh water. You want to remove any salt or chlorine residue as soon as possible so that it doesn’t dry in your hair.
- Use a leave in conditioner – chlorine and salt are drying on your hair so you’ll need extra conditioning. Spray your hair before and after swimming, especially at the beach. You can make your own leave in conditioner spray by mixing 1 part of your fave conditioner with 4 parts water in a spray bottle. Give it a shake and spray it all over your hair, especially on the ends.
- Wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo – if you’re a regular swimmer, alternate your regular shampoo with a clarifying shampoo to ensure you’re removing all chemical residues from your hair.
- Treat your hair while you swim – now this is the trick that will leave your hair better than when you started swimming. Apply a hair treatment under your swimming cap! Choose a hydrating deep conditioning treatment (NOT a protein treatment). Wet your hair and apply the treatment, concentrating on the midlengths and ends of your hair. Comb it through and put on your swimming cap. When you come out of the water, your hair will feel amazing. Now that’s encouragement to do a few extra laps too.
Do you swim regularly? What are your tricks to keep your hair in top condition after the pool?