How to prevent chlorine-damaged hair

Swimming is so much better when your hair is chlorine-free. Follow these tips to avoid chlorine-damaged hair.

Photo: iStock

Photo: iStock

1. Hair acts as a sponge, so be sure to wet it before jumping into the pool so it can’t absorb as much chlorinated water. Better yet, wear a swim cap.

2. Rinse hair with water immediately after your swim to get rid of any lingering chemicals.

3. Already notice chlorine damage such as hair with a straw-like texture or a green tint? Use clarifying shampoo and conditioner to restore its moisture.

Shampoos with high alcohol content dry out hair.

A version of this article appeared in our August 2014 issue with the headline, “How to prevent chlorine-damaged hair,” p. 32.

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