Chlorine is added to swimming pools to protect swimmers from bacteria and other germs in the water. Chlorinated water may make a pool a safer place in which to swim, but it also can cause hair to become dry and damaged. Follow these steps to minimise hair damage caused by swimming in chlorinated water.
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- Non-chlorinated water
Moisten your hair with non-chlorinated water before swimming. Hair is porous like a sponge. If your hair is already wet, it will absorb less of the chlorinated water. The water you use could come from a shower, a faucet or a nearby garden hose.
Apply conditioner to your hair before swimming. A leave-in or regular conditioner will act as a barrier between the hair and water, allowing less chlorinated water to be absorbed.
Rinse the chlorinated water from your hair each time you get out of the pool. This will also ensure that your hair has non-chlorinated water on it when you get back in the pool.
Shampoo and condition hair thoroughly after swimming to remove any traces of chlorinated water.
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