It’s July in Idaho and it’s HOT outside! People throughout the Treasure Valley are taking refuge everywhere with their air conditioners or jumping in the pool. However, before you dive in, you might want to think about how the chlorine infused water can damage your hair. Chlorine is often used in pools to help prevent the growth of dangerous bacteria. However, it can also wreak havoc on your hair by stripping it of its natural oils, making it dry, brittle, and frizzy. Before you jump in for a quick cool down, try some of the following Boise hair salon tips to help prevent chlorine damaged hair.
Rinse Your Hair With Fresh Water Before You Jump In The Pool
Before a swim, drench your hair with fresh water. Think about it, your hair acts like a sponge by absorbing the liquids it comes in contact with. When you soak your hair in clean water before jumping in the pool, your hair will absorb less chlorine, resulting in less damage to the shaft.
Since chlorine strips your hair of its natural oils, stay on top of things by adding extra moisture to your hair before you swim. Conditioner, and even coconut oil will help boost your hair with the extra hydration it needs.
Wear a Swim Cap
If you’re a dedicated, daily swimmer, your Boise hair salon stylists recommend wearing a swim cap as it will help save your hair form extensive chlorine damage. If you have medium to long hair we suggest opting for a silicone cap that won’t tug on the hair. If you have shorter tresses, a stretchy latex cap will work better.
After Swim Rinse
Once your out of the pool, jump in the shower, and rinse your hair with fresh water. Doing so will help to remove any leftover chlorine from your hair.
Use a Clarifying Shampoo
Once you rinse your hair clean, use a clarifying shampoo from root to tip. It will help remove the bulk of chlorine and other chemicals from your hair.
Visit Your Boise Hair Salon
While the above tips will help to prevent hair damage resulting from the pool, you may still need to visit your Boise hair salon to undergo a deep oil treatment that will help to moisturize and hydrate damaged hair. Chlorine from a swimming pool can cause extensive damage to your hair if you’re not careful. By visiting your Boise hair salon on a regular basis, and utilizing our swim tips, you can prevent and reverse chlorine damage while maintaining soft, healthy hair!
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