Your hair will thank you!
Without protection, taking a dip in the pool can wreak havoc on your colored hair. So whether you are a professional swimmer or swim for fun, it is important that you take care of your hair. Here are some tips for avoiding hair hassles in and out of the pool.
Chlorine sucks the natural oils out of our hair and skin, leaving them dry and damaged. Moreover, it can also cause chemical reactions in our hair, change our natural hair color and cause split ends. When we have colored hair, the consequences multiply, because colored hair is already weakened, and therefore more prone to breakage and discolorations. Coupled with the sun's UV rays, chlorine can break down dye molecules. Not great eh? Therefore, after coloring, try to avoid swimming for at least a week afterward. This allows the coloring to settle well and avoid certain incidents, such as hair turning green, premature discoloration, dehydration, or breakage. Then when you go to the pool, soak the hair in water before swimming, apply a hair oil of your choice to the ends, comb, and braid to protect it from damage and tangles. After your swim, shampoo, and conditioner to remove all chlorine from your hair.
Has the swimming session just ended? Now is the time to give your hair the utmost care using products designed to repair and protect. Take with you:
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Of course, you can wear a swimming cap, but that doesn't stop you from taking the time to take care of your hair. Follow our tips for mermaid's hair once your head is out of the water.
Soak your hair in water before entering the pool to prevent it from filling with chlorinated water.
Once your hair is wet, apply a little oil of your choice such as argan, coconut, or olive oil in the palms of your hands and run them through your hair. The oil will act as a protective barrier and keep your hair slightly waterproof, preventing the chlorinated water from causing too much damage.
Do you swim outdoors? Use UVA sunscreen spray to protect your hair, prevent your strands from drying out, and your color from fading.
Always shampoo well. Use a color-preserving or anti-chlorine shampoo shortly after swimming and remember to rinse well to remove any chlorine buildup. Always finish with a deep conditioning hair mask and leave it on for at least 10 to 15 minutes. If you're in a hurry, use a moisturizing conditioner and leave it on for 2-3 minutes.
Comb your hair well during the process. Always comb the ends of your hair first, then work your way up gradually, this will prevent damage and split ends!
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