Chlorine can strip off natural oils from your hair making it dry and brittle. It can even change the color of your hair. Regular exposure to chlorine makes your hair highly porous and can weaken your hair strands resulting in split ends.
Ways to prevent damage: Your hair can only absorb so much water. So if you soak your hair with fresh cool water, it’ll absorb that rather than the chlorinated pool water. After wetting your hair apply a thin layer of leave-in conditioner for extra protection to your hair. Wear a swim cap and after swimming rinse of chlorine ASAP!
How to revive chlorine damaged hair: Hair should be rinsed thoroughly with fresh water and a mild shampoo after a swim. Apply a leave in conditioner or a hair serum to add the moisture back to the hair. After significant damage from chlorine, use a deep conditioner 2 times a week and add a natural oil to the hair to protect the scalp and hair!
Swimmers hair: Hair that has become dry, damaged and even discolored due to extended exposure to the ocean or the chemicals in most pools.
The more time spent in chlorinated water the more irritating it can be. Chlorinated water opens the pores, hypochlorite acids in essence strips the natural oils from the skin causing dry, itchy and irritated skin. This drying effect may even be a contributing factor to premature aging.
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