It may seem unbelievable, but many women don’t enrol at the pool because they are concerned about the health of their hair. The fear of dry, weakened hair and losing body and shine after so many hours in the water, pushes them to give up this wonderful sport. There’s no denying that chlorine and the substances used to fight bacteria in the water are harmful to your hair, but this does not mean that there aren’t any effective remedies to protect your hair so you can enjoy the pool without further concerns.
Not only that, the fact that you’ll have to wash your hair will be an advantage, allowing you to save time once you return home.
What you should bring to the pool for your hair care
It is important to take everything you need: in your bath bag, you shouldn’t forget your brush (possibly wooden) and comb, a fairly powerful professional hairdryer and specific products to protect and nourish your hair. You can also take advantage of that hour or two to apply a mask that, under your cap, will increase its restorative and moisturising effect until you wash it out with shampoo.
If the weather permits, you can leave the pool with damp, braided hair, which will then dry naturally. In the winter, remember to always wear a hat, not so much to protect your hair as to avoid getting cold because of the low temperature!
Note the colour
In addition to weakening your hair, the chlorine threatens to veer dangerously towards an undesirable colour. For example, blondes risk seeing nuances tending toward green, while brunettes might find themselves with shades of orange. How can you avoid it?
One of the most recommended methods is to dampen your hair a little before entering the water and apply a nourishing conditioner, indulging the tips. Then pull your hair back into a ponytail and put your swim cap on. Your hair will then be protected and avoid the absorption of chlorine, retaining strength and natural lustre.
Oils and sebum are our allies. Here are some more tips.
By surfing the net or asking your friends, you will surely become aware of many remedies and DIY solutions to protect your hair in the pool.
In fact, there are countless tips and suggested remedies directly from diligent pool goers, even online. But which ones are the most effective?
Here are a few that we think are particularly valid:
1. Take a bottle of water and vinegar, the latter substance known for its reinforcing and shielding properties, and put it on the ends of your after shampooing.
2. Before you put on your swim cap, apply linseed, castor or coconut oil; almond oil and shea butter are also good allies.
3. Wear a fabric cap under your silicone cap: you hair will be more protected, even if your hair is wet at the end of the session.
4. Do not wash your hair in the 24 hours before going to the pool: the sebum, in fact, acts as a natural barrier against treated and chlorinated water.
5. Pull you hair up into a ponytail under the cap to prevent knots and tangles.
Finally, chlorine isn’t your hair’s only enemy, remember that there are many other factors that can damage your hair every day: from incorrect alimentation to smog, bad habits like smoking to hair colour and harsh chemical treatments. Therefore, it is important to take care of your hair 100% of the time, without having to give up the pleasure of the pool. And this way, you can experience new ways to pamper yourself for the well-being of your hair.
Which precautions do you take to protect your hair in the pool?