Chlorine can do a number on your strands. Try these expert-recommended pool-proofing tips for different hair types.
Has your love for taking a dip in the pool been causing you hair troubles? Here are some tips on how you can pool-proof your hair so you can enjoy your swim without having to worry too much about damaging those locks.
1. “My colour treated hair feels like straw”
First tip for pool-proof hair? Don’t waste the money you spent on colouring your hair by diving in too soon. “Allow a minimum of seven days,” advises Visage The Salon owner Dominic Seow. Also try *CAVIAR CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction, which promises to help add smoothness, softness and strength; minimise breakage; provide UV protection and work as a styling product with light hold. “You can even use it on wet or dry hair,” says Rita Perna Allor, the Alterna Haircare Artistic Director. One tester with thin strands liked that it didn’t weigh down her hair. Another said, “My hair looked more ‘styled’ than usual with my normal amount of effort, which is minimal.”
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2. My hair is breaking off
“After swimming, a good shampoo to wash away pool deposits, followed by a deep conditioner is necessary, if you have very dry or damaged hair,” says Dominic. To do: Take a wide-tooth comb into the shower, and run it through your hair several times to spread the conditioner evenly. Leave in the cream for at least 10 minutes.
3. My hair is beyond frizzy
Naturally curly, textured hair doesn’t retain as much moisture as straight hair, says Rita. Meanwhile, humidity can wreak havoc on Caucasian and African locks. Rita recommends the *BAMBOO Smooth Kendi Dry Oil Mist. “It’s a fine spray that absorbs instantly.” Dominic’s tip for pool-proof hair: Invest in professional keratin treatments to relax your hair “so it’s not so difficult to manage.”
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4. My hair is green…?!
Called “swimmers” hair – when locks take on a green tinge due to frequent exposure to chlorine, there are some surprisingly simple fixes:
Wet Hair Before You Plunge: “This ensures that the hair shaft is saturated with water and prevents chlorine from penetrating hair deeply,” explains Mt. Sapola Salon’s, Cheryl.
Coat Hair: “Apply a leave-in conditioner to block out chemicals when you swim,” suggests Dominic of Visage.
Wear A Swim Cap: “It adds another layer of protection,” says Alterna’s Rita. (Tip: Don’t put on so much conditioner that your cap won’t stay put!)
*Note: Some products may not be available in all countries. If that is the case where you live, look for a product or products with similar ingredients, materials, properties or style.
By Sara Lyle Bow & Hazel Joanne Vincent de Paul, The Finder, April 2016 / Last Updated by K Praveena