How to Protect Hair From Chlorine Damage When Swimming

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How to Protect Hair From Chlorine Damage When Swimming
Chlorinated water can cause hair damage. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

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
  • Conditioner

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  4. 4

    Shampoo and condition hair thoroughly after swimming to remove any traces of chlorinated water.

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