How do I protect my hair
Swimming with curls: 7 ways you can protect your hair from chlorinated water.
Summer is here.
And with it the outdoor pool season too.
Hach such a jump in the cool wet ...
Just stupid that the water in the outdoor pool is mixed with chlorine.
We try so hard with our hair and then we dip our heads in the chlorinated water and straw is preprogrammed.
But it doesn't have to be.
But why is chlorine harmful at all?
Chlorine kills bacteria and germs. It is therefore very popular in swimming pools.
However, chlorine also increases the pH value of the water to a strongly basic range. Healthy hair has an acidic pH value. This means that our curls dry out very quickly in the chlorinated water.
Hmm ... you could just keep your head above water while swimming.
But let's be honest: First of all, it's really exhausting and, secondly, do we want to cool off in the outdoor pool or not? But that doesn't really work if we stretch our heads towards the sun while swimming.
So, if you like diving like me, but still don't want to damage your hair, then I have 7 tips for you that will help you protect your hair from chlorine.
If you know any other tip or have any questions, just write me a comment under this post.
So let's get started ...
1. Pre-oil regimen
You should give your hair an oil application for several hoursbefore you go swimming To do this, you simply take 1/2 -1 teaspoon of oil (e.g. sunflower oil or coconut oil) and distribute it in your hair.
But don't overdo it.
The hair should not be oily, just a light film on it. But already so much that you notice that you have oil in your hair. You should still dare to talk to people :-).
The oil should be in the hair for at least 2 hours before swimming. Preferably overnight.
The point is that the oil has enough time to penetrate the inside of the hair. This will protect your hair from absorbing too much chlorinated water too quickly.
Incidentally, I use this oil regimen not only when I go swimming, but as a pre-poo routine before every hair wash.
2. Don't be a sponge
Now you're lying in the sun in the outdoor pool, you're hot and you want to jump into the cool water right away.
Before jumping into the chlorinated water, you should definitely wet your hair completely. This is for the simple reason that wet hair can no longer absorb as much chlorine.
Think of a sponge.
If you throw a dry sponge into the water, it will immediately absorb it completely. If you throw an already wet sponge into the water, it can no longer absorb as much chlorinated water.
Therefore, always remember to get your hair wet before jumping into the water.
But wait ...
Something is still missing.
3. Protective shield for your hair
After getting your hair wet, you should create a barrier between your hair and the chlorine. Especially if you have very porous hair, it is particularly important to put a protective shield around your hair.
The strongest barrier is a conditioner with non-water-soluble silicone.
If, like me, you avoid silicone 100%, you need a different barrier. A very rich conditioner, which e.g. contains shea butter, is ideal.
I have a couple of rinses or masks at home that were a bad buy for my hair because they are just too heavy. But I can use this very well in the outdoor pool. 1-2 teaspoons are enough, you don't have to drown your hair in conditioner.
The richer and heavier the conditioner, the better it will protect your hair from chlorine. You can recognize such rinses by the fact that ingredients with butter are very high in the name.
If you don't have a rich conditioner at home, you can use any other conditioner. Anything is better than nothing.
4. Do hair together
So now your hair is wet and smeared with conditioner.
Now it's best to braid your hair and put it close to your head. On the one hand, this protects them from getting knotted and, on the other hand, less of the “bad” chlorinated water gets to your hair.
What I personally find difficult to get my short hair together in such a way that the hairstyle also holds. Because with the conditioner in it, the hair is pretty slippery.
If you have hygiene concerns, you can wear a bathing cap instead of the last tips.
So now you can finally jump in water and cool off.
5. Thoroughly rinse out chlorinated water
After you've cooled down properly, you should rinse your hair properly right away.
Take a little time with this. It can be nice for 3-4 minutes.
There should be no more chlorine residues in the hair when they dry.
6. Clean with shampoo
At the end of your bathing day, you should clean your hair properly.
You can use a deep cleansing shampoo or a chelating shampoo to do this.
A chelating shampoo (e.g. Aubrey Organic Swimmer’s Shampoo) is ideal as it can effectively rid your hair of chlorine and minerals. In addition, this shampoo has the right pH value to compensate for the basic value of the chlorinated water.
For example, if you've used a silicone conditioner, it is imperative that you use a proper deep cleansing shampoo that is able to remove silicone.
If you've used a silicone-free Curly Girl-friendly conditioner, a chelating shampoo will do.
If you go swimming very often, you can also try to wash off the chlorine residues with just a rinse.
7. Hair treatment after the day of swimming
As always when you've cleaned your hair with shampoo, it needs a lot of moisture again.
Here you should treat your curls to a hair mask specially designed for moisture. It is best to leave it on for about 30 minutes.
Moisturizing masks that I can recommend can be found in this article:
Fancy a moisture bome? These 6 hair masks moisturize & combat dry & straw hair
Yeah I think I know what you're thinking
So much should I do ?!
In fact, it's a bit of a hassle.
But hey. Natural curls are generally expensive to look after. And if you put in a lot of effort with your curly hair care, then you certainly don't want to ruin everything on a day at the outdoor pool.
At least I don't want to. And once everything has worked out, it's no longer a big drama.
With this in mind, I wish you a lot of fun splashing around the next time you go to the outdoor pool.
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