- Step 1: Wet hair before swimming Wet your hair and use your fingers to apply a dollop of leave-in conditioner with sunscreen before swimming. It will help block absorption of salt and chlorine.
- TIP: Don't comb the conditioner through your hair; hair is most vulnerable when it's wet.
- Step 2: Rinse it afterwards Rinse your hair with fresh water as soon as you come out of the water, then apply another layer of leave-in conditioner. If you were in a pool, try rinsing with club soda; the bubbles help wash away the chlorine.
- Step 3: Clarify it After a day of swimming, wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo; it helps remove chlorine, salt, and pollutants. Use a sulfate-free shampoo the rest of the time; it will be less harsh than standard shampoos, and summer hair needs all the tender loving care it can get.
- TIP: Clarifying shampoo causes dyed hair to fade faster, so limit use to once a month if your hair is colored.
- Step 4: Deep condition weekly Deep condition your hair weekly in the summer, especially if you swim every day.
- FACT: It's not the chlorine in pools that can turn hair green, it's the copper from both the pipes and some of the chemicals used to clean pools.
You Will Need
- Leave-in hair conditioner with sunscreen
- Club soda
- A clarifying shampoo
- A sulfate-free shampoo
- A deep conditioner