How to Keep Your Hair Healthy Before & After Swimming
We have to admit that green chlorine hair is not our favorite look for the summer. But swimming is a must-do on our summer checklist. You can’t let the risk of chlorine or salt water damage stop you from taking a dip on a hot day. That’s why we’ve come up with the best ways to keep your hair healthy before and after swimming.
Wet your hair before you jump in the pool
The first way to keep your hair healthy before swimming is to wet your hair with fresh water first. This might seem a little weird, but it actually protects the hair from chlorine soaking into the strands right away. Plus, by rinsing away hair products you’ll keep your pool cleaner. This tip also works for swimming in salt water. The protective layer of fresh water will stop your hair from soaking up tons of salt.
Slap on some oil
Coconut oil, jojoba oil, or can add another protective layer over the hair. Applying an oil like this will protect the strands from being bleached on the ends. Apply a small amount to your problem areas, where your hair thins the most, which is typically the very ends of the hair.
This trick also protects color-treated hair from being stripped by ocean water or chlorine. Our go-to argan oil for hair is the . This product is rich with omega 6 and vitamins A and E. The Pure Organic Argan Oil nourishes and conditions the skin, hair, and nails.
Try a hair cap
When worse comes to worst, there are always hair caps! Keep your hair healthy before swimming by ensuring no chlorine or salt gets to your hair. This is perfect for those of you who like to take long swims. Plus, there are even some caps on the market that look pretty cute. To take this tip one step further, you could apply a leave-in hair treatment to your hair before putting it up in your cap. This will allow it time to soak up the nutrients.
Properly rinse the hair
After you get out of the water, be sure to properly rinse the hair out. This process is best done right after swimming. If you allow the chlorine or salt to sit on your hair, it will dry the ends quicker than usual. Plus, if you have light hair, this is where your blonde might turn green. Keep your hair healthy after swimming by rinsing with fresh water immediately.
Use leave-in conditioner
After you’ve rinsed your hair, this is the perfect time to apply some leave-in conditioner. Leave-in products are perfect for damaged hair and will properly moisturize any split ends. Plus, it’s easy to apply and your hair will thank you. Make this a habit if you find yourself in the water on a daily this summer.
Treat the scalp, too
We all know that chlorine dries out the hair. But many forget that your scalp is sensitive to swimming, too! If your scalp starts to get dry, your hair will struggle with damage. Your scalp and hair need moisture to retain their health. Once they become dry, the ends start to thin, the texture starts to change, and the overall health of your hair will start to fail. In order to treat the problem straight from the source, we recommend using a scalp treatment.
Our favorite scalp treatment is the . The oil nourishes the hair follicles with a unique blend of herbal extracts. Infused with omega-rich oils, the serum conditions the scalp. You should leave this serum in for a minimum of 30 minutes before shampooing. Or, if you want a deep treatment, leave it in overnight after a long day at the pool.