How to Keep Chlorine from Wrecking Your Hair

Summer is approaching, and swimming pools are opening up. Swimming is a great way to have fun and keep fit, but the chlorine in pool water can dry out your hair, making it more prone to breakage and split ends. It can also wreak havoc on colors and perms. Here are some tips to help you prevent hair damage due to chlorine this summer and beyond.     Try to avoid swimming for at least a week after coloring, perming or relaxing your hair. This will help to prevent any chemical reactions that could cause texture or color damage to your hair. Soak your hair with non-chlorinated water prior to entering the pool. Wetting your hair is beneficial as damp hair soaks up fewer chemicals than dry hair. Coat your wet hair with a conditioning treatment. The conditioner will lock in moisture and act as a barrier against chlorine and other chemicals. Pull your hair into a bun or braid before swimming. If you plan on wearing a swimming cap, avoid using pins, barrettes or hair clips to keep your hairstyle in place. Wear a swimming cap to reduce your exposure to chlorine. Silicone swimming caps are best as they won't pull on your hair as much as their latex counterparts. Shampoo and condition your hair as soon as you get out of the pool. If you can't lather up right away, rinse the chlorine out of your hair with non-chlorinated water. Consider using an anti-chlorine shampoo to cleanse your hair. These products are specially formulated to help remove chlorine and mineral deposits, which can turn blondes' hair green. Pat your hair dry with a towel, removing as much moisture as you can. If you [...]