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Here's How Swimmers Can Have Hot Hair Too ...

By Neecey

It’s so great to lounge by the pool or ocean for as much of the summer as you can. Or maybe you swim regularly to keep fit. Whatever your habit, swimming is great for your body and health, but it’s not so great for your hair. Water, chlorine and sun exposure are the ingredients for a potent cocktail and can do a number on your hair. Here’s what you can do to look after swimmer’s hair:

1 Don't Dive in with Dry Hair

Dry hair works like a sponge in the swimming pool. It is therefore a good idea to rinse your hair well before you go swimming. This will protect your hair by restricting some of the chlorine it soaks up.

2 Go for a Quick Rinse as Soon as You Can

Don't wait for long to rinse your hair after a swimming session. The longer you wait, the greater the potential for damage. You need to rinse immediately after getting out of the pool to save your hair from absorbing chlorine.

3 Aspirin is a Surprise Remedy to Combat Chlorine Damage

Too much time in chlorinated water will take its toll on your hair and may even turn your hair into icky chlorine green. A simple remedy is to dissolve six aspirin tablets in a glass of lukewarm water and apply it on your hair. Leave for 15 minutes and rinse off with clean water for shiny hair.

4 Use a Dry Shampoo OCCASIONALLY

Try dry shampoo at least occasionally if you swim semi-regularly. Using dry shampoo instead of your regular one will allow your hair to build up protective natural oils, which will provide an added layer of protection against chlorine and other pollutants/irritants.

5 Wear a Natural Hair Mask

It is not easy to get rid of that green tinge of swimming in chlorinated water, but you can make it simple by applying a natural hair mask. Prepare a protein-rich mask by combining half a cup of natural yogurt, an egg, and a tablespoon of lemon juice in a bowl. Apply it directly on your hair, leave for a few minutes, and rinse thoroughly to get clean, clear, and smooth hair.

6 Using a Deep Conditioning Treatment Regularly Will Help

If you swim regularly, it is important that you apply a deep conditioner on your hair to help it retain/regain its texture and shine. Be sure to apply it before going to bed and leave it in overnight. It will protect your tresses and make your hair feel healthy even after regular swimming sessions.

7 Wear a Braid

This is such a simple solution for haircare for swimmers, especially if you have long or textured or curly hair. Put your hair in a braid and save yourself from dealing with all the detangling you have to do after a swimming workout. It will save you from combing more often, which will reduce damage to your hair.

8 Wear a Swimming Cap Every Time You Get into the Water

Wearing a swimming cap is definitely the best way to protect your hair in the pool – I know they aren’t attractive but do you care more about your hair or how you look when swimming? And there are some cute and glamorous caps available.

9 Avoid Heat when Styling Your Hair after a Swim

Adding heat to the menu of ways you hair can be damaged with regular swimming is not a good idea and should be avoided if you can. If you simply must blow dry, use a heat diffuser of the lowest setting on the dryer.

Are you a regular swimmer? Do you take extra special care of your hair?

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