15 Post-Swim Hair Care Tips
You look fabulous lounging by the pool, but your hair might not look so terrific. Between sun exposure and the added chemical destruction of chlorine, summer can be pretty hard on your hair. Luckily, it’s pretty simple to revive your hair after all of your fun in the sun, and here are 15 easy tips to help you do just that.
1. Use The Showers: Give your hair a good rinse before swimming, because dry hair has a tendency to soak up more chlorine. (via Kohler)
2. Rinse Immediately: The faster you can rinse off after getting out of the pool, the less chlorine your hair will absorb which will help it from getting too dry. (via Brit + Co)
3. Aspirin: To prevent your hair from turning that icky chlorine green, dissolve between six and eight aspirin tablets in a glass of warm water and run the mixture through your hair, leaving it in for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing. (via Livestrong)
4. Get Dirty: If you swim semi-regularly, try swapping your regular shampooing for dry shampoo to allow your hair to build up protective natural oils, which can protect against chlorine. (via A Beautiful Mess)
5. Green Be Gone Hair Mask: This mask is a simple, all natural recipe to cure that chlorine green. Just apply the entire mixture to wet, clean hair, let the mask sit for 20 minutes, then rinse thoroughly, wash and condition. (via Henry Happened)
6. Deep Condition: Once a week, apply a deep conditioner; try leaving it in overnight to protect your tresses and keep your hair glossy and healthy. (via Mane Attraction)
7. Put It in a Braid: If you have very curly or textured hair, try braiding it to lessen the detangling headache and damage due to increased combing. (via Brit + Co)
8. DIY Detangling Spray: To prevent dry and green hair, rinse your locks then spray in detangler and comb through before you even get in the pool. This will help seal the hair shaft and prevent the copper from attaching to it. (via Henry Happened)
9. Olive Oil Treatment: Apply olive oil and put on a swimmer’s cap; the oil will essentially repel the water from your hair. (via Daily Makeover)
10. Apple Cider Vinegar: Try doing an apple cider vinegar rinse to remove any chlorine deposits. It will remove dead skin cells and unclog hair follicles. (via Babble)
11. Apres Swim Shampoo Remedy: This recipe will keep blonde hair from turning green with just baking soda, lemon juice and a mild shampoo; leave on for 30 minutes then rinse and shampoo as normal. (via Total Beauty)
12. Embrace The Cap ($20): No, it’s not overly glamorous, and you won’t be able to flip your wet hair around, but if you are a regular swimmer, the cap could be a lifesaver for your hair.
13. Avoid Direct Heat: Since your hair is so vulnerable after all that chemical damage, try to avoid direct heat while styling your hair and use a heat diffuser attachment instead. (via Beauty And Sass)
14. Hydrate: Drinking plenty of water every day is a good way to lubricate damaged or excessively dry hair. Also, be aware of your caffeine intake as it can cause extra dehydration to your hair. (via Healthy Food Space)
15. DIY Hair Treatments: Frizzy hair is a common problem among swimmers. Use styling products that are silicone-based with a volumizing shampoo. A hot oil treatment every night is also a good option for hair care for swimmers. (via Brit + Co)
16. Comb Not Brush: Avoid using a brush right after your swim. Using a wide tooth comb will give your hair a break and detangle without added stress and possible breakage. (via Curves In Color)
What tricks do you use to revive your hair after a day at the pool? Let us know in the comments below!