As the temperature rises we spend more time outside, exposing our hair to the elements. There is nothing better than to throw ourselves in a cool swimming pool to refresh our bodies and mind. In one of the hottest months of the year is very exciting to enjoy the water, let alone the amazing Aussie beaches, but that I will leave for the next week’s post. Nevertheless, we ask, “what about my hair? And my hair colour? I will not get it wet. I promise!” Nex thing you know a kid jumps in next to you and there it goes! Water on everyone and your hair is wet! Don’t freak out! You can still enjoy summer and have the healthiest hair! Firstly lets find out what really happens to our locks when in the pool.
Why is Chlorine So Bad for My Hair?
Chlorine is a chemical substance used in pools to kill bacteria such as E.coli. The big problem for us is when it’s mixed with H20. The natural keratin in our hair absorbs the water, causing our strands to swell which opens the cuticles – leaving it vulnerable for the chlorine to penetrate. Excess exposure to chlorine will alter the PH of the hair causing breakage and leave the hair dull, weak and you may even notice more hair loss than normal.
Let’s all just follow these 5 easy steps before heading to the pool:
1. Get Your Hair Wet Before Getting Into a Pool
Make sure you wet your hair with fresh water before getting in the pool. The hair will have already soaked up all the water it can – minimising the chlorine absorption.
2. Protect Your Hair
It is very important to apply an oil-based leave-in serum to your hair. It will form a barrier that protects the hair strands and thus will minimise the effects of chlorine. We can recommend our Natulique Organic Argan Oil.
Natulique Moroccan Argan Oil
3. Do Not Allow the Chlorine to Act
As soon as you are out of the pool, give a really good rinse-off. Make sure you apply a cream-based, UV protection leave-in conditioner to repair your hair. It’s also best to use a clarifying shampoo that will remove any residue. I recommend our UNIQONE Coconut Spray – from Revlon Professional. It is lightweight yet still very rich and it has UV protection!
Uniq One All In One Coconut Hair Treatment
4. Use a Swimming Cap (But Use Caution!)
Wearing a swimming cap (though your hair will still get wet) will definitely help. However, choosing the right one will play a big role in the health of your hair. Most caps and made of latex and silicone which will cause strong friction in your hair. That friction could snap the hair fibers which increases undesirable frizz. Try to wear a fabric cap under the silicone ones. Also make sure you take the cap off with care because remember! Wet hair is fragile hair.
Keep moisturising your hair during summer. Use a good conditioning hair mask every week and a professional protein treatment in the salon once a month or when getting your colour done. The healthier the hair, the less impact it will have when exposed to the summer fun. We recommend the Dual Senses 60sec Hair Mask.