How Do I Protect My Hair From Chlorine Swimming Pool Water?

by Brenda
(Tulsa, OK)

What are some good tips for me to not get my hair damaged and to protect it from a chlorine swimming pool? And no I cannot get my hair wet before going to a swimming pool because I have dry land.

My second question is if my hair does get damaged how do I return it back to normal? I'm in the pool like 6 days a week (I do race swimming) so I don't just swim what you might call "for recreation".

Please help...

Thanks for your question Brenda

Sorry, I'm not a hairdresser, and I don't have a clue as to what "dry land" is, but I can tell you one of the best ways to protect your hair from the swimming pool chlorine and other pool chemicals is to get a well fitted swim cap. They are inexpensive and can protect your hair from the pool chemicals.

Also, if you feel uncomfortable wearing a swim cap, I would highly recommend anti-chlorine soap, shampoo, and conditioner. You can find these online or maybe at your local pool supply store.

As for your 2nd question, the best person to talk to is your hairdresser. I couldn't tell you the best way to fix damaged hair. I'm the pool guy, not the hair guy.

Hope this helps


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Is There A Shampoo I Can Use In Our Pool That Won't Hurt My Husband's Perfectly Balanced Water?

by Kim

It's not for me. I sometimes take our four month old in the pool for a quick dip.

I thought of killing two birds with one stone. So, would baby shampoo hurt the ph or whatever?

Thanks for the question Kim

I'm not aware of any kind of shampoo that is specifically designed to not touch pool chemistry. Pretty much any kind of shampoo or conditioner would be safe.

What I recommend is to shower before getting into the pool and try to limit the amount of sunscreen and lotion that you use.

Sweat and lotions, when in excess, can cause a sand filter to clog up. This is called "channeling".

And be sure to use anti-chlorine soap, shampoo, and conditioner after you swim.

Buy Your Anti-Chlorine Soap and Shampoo

Normal grooming habits won't hurt swimming pool chemistry. Just be sure to get a hot soapy shower before swimming to get rid of any excess sweat and lotions and your husband's pool chemistry should be fine.

Hope this helps and have a great Summer.


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Swimming Pool Chlorine Damage The Highlights In My Hair?

by Sarah
(Seattle, WA)

I've recently started working out by swimming laps in the morning. I have highlights in my hair that I'm just crazy about. Very nice job and my hair looks beautiful.

Will I have to give up my highlights if I want to keep swimming, or can I swim with highlights in?

Thanks for your question Sarah

I'm not a hair dresser, but I can tell you that many women who come to the YMCA pool wear swim caps. Many of the older ladies in the Arthritis Foundation classes use swim caps and they swear by them.

Never a hair out of place and they always brag about how great their hair looks. I've never heard one complaint about anyone ruining their hair when they wear a properly fitted swim cap.

You might want to look into getting a swim cap that fits, or maybe the pool you attend will have them for sale.

Hope this helps


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Relaxed Hair & Chlorine Swimming Pool?

by Debbie
(London, England)

I have healthy relaxed hair & since I'm going on holiday my hairdresser told me it would be alright to go swimming in a chlorine swimming pool as long as I washed all the swimming pool chlorine out afterward.

I've bought some Ultra-Swim shampoo and conditioner but what I want to know is this:

How quickly do I need to wash the pool chlorine out of my hair?

Do I need to wash it out as soon as I get out the pool or would it be o.k. to leave my hair for a couple more hours whilst I lay on the sunbed in the sun?

Thank you

Thanks for the question Debbie

I'm not a hairdresser, but I've always error on the side of caution.

If I were you, I'd take a couple of minutes to use your shampoo and conditioner and take a shower right after swimming.

The sunbed and the sun are not going anywhere anytime soon so your best bet would be to take care of business right after you swim.

That way you can rest easy in knowing your hair will be just fine.

You might want to look into getting a well fitted swim cap.

They are inexpensive and will protect your hair from the chemicals in the pool.


Comment: This Helped Us

By: ChelleBelle
Date: Jun 21, 2011

I coat my daughter's hair in conditioner before she goes swimming and then wash it and condition it again.

A hair dresser instructed me to do this and last summer my daughter's hair never suffered a bit.

We tried swim caps but they always came off.

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