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By Izabella Stone

Summer! It consists of beautiful weather, backyard grilling, and great trips to the beach. But summertime, as wonderful as it is, can also come with a few challenges when it comes to the beauty department. Your refreshing dip in the community swimming pool could be doing major damage to your hair. While chlorine-treated pools protect swimmers from germs, the chlorine in swimming pools does major damage to even the healthiest head of hair. Here a few risks/solutions to consider.

  • Chlorine

Risk
Chlorine is a strong chemical that can alter hair color as well as permed and relaxed hair. It also strips the hair of moisture which causes dry, brittle, and damaged hair.

Swimming pools are not the only place you should have your guard up. Beaches come with few challenges of their own.

  • Salt

Risk
Since salt has been used for centuries to dry meat you can imagine what repeated exposure does to hair. When you go into the ocean, the moisture in your hair and skin is drawn to the saltwater because of its higher concentration of salt leaving your hair and skin desert dry.

Solutions
Wet your hair in the shower before entering the pool so your hair does not absorb as much of the highly chlorinated water. For even more protection, apply conditioner, and rub it throughout your hair. The conditioner will coat the hair to help resist the chlorinated water while you swim.

Also consider chlorine removal shampoos. Some specialty shampoos on the market are designed to remove chlorine from color-treated hair to limit the damage. Using these shampoos is especially helpful after swimming in a chlorinated pool. Examples are UltraSwim and general clarifying shampoos, which also remove excess product (such as gels and mousse) build-up from your hair.

While these cleansers may come with a price tag that far exceeds what you would usually pay for regular shampoos, keep in mind that they are not meant for everyday use, so it should feel like more of a long term investment than a penny pincher’s nightmare.

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