How to Keep Your Hair Dry in the Pool

Updated April 17, 2017

Swimming pools are full of chemicals that keep the water bacteria-free and safe for swimming. These chemicals are essential for keeping the pool clean and free of disease, but they can be very damaging to the hair. The chemicals in the water are absorbed by the hair and can cause it to become dry, frizzy and split at the ends, but don't let this keep you out of the water. Keeping your hair dry while in the swimming pool is one way to protect it from harsh chemicals.

Use a hair band to put your hair into a ponytail. Try to get as much hair as you can into the hair band.

Twist your hair into a bun on top of your head. Secure the bun with hair pins. For short hair or hair with many layers, add as many hair pins as is necessary to secure loose ends.

Use a thick, stretchy headband to pull back fringe and small hairs where the head meets the neck. All of the hair on your head should be secured.

Keep your head above water while swimming.

Follow steps 1, 2 and 3 as stated in the Head Above Water Method.

Put a shower cap on over your hair. Shower caps are made to keep your hair dry while in the shower, but they also work in a pool.

Place a swimming cap over the shower cap. Swimming caps are not made to keep hair dry, but they will provide extra protection against water in a pool when placed over a shower cap. They are also tighter than shower caps and will help keep the cap in place.


There are other ways to protect your hair from pool chemicals. Get your hair wet with fresh, clean water and cover it in a leave-in conditioner before entering the pool. Your hair will absorb the clean water and conditioner rather than the chemicals.


If your hair does get wet in a swimming pool, rinse it with fresh water immediately to minimise chemical damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair band
  • Headband
  • Hair pins
  • Shower cap
  • Swim Cap
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About the Author

Isabell Hue is a licensed esthetician and makeup artist. She is also a freelance writer. She is published on various websites, specializing in informative skincare articles, and is the Reno-area health expert for yet another prominent online publication.