3 Easy Steps to Protect Hair from Chlorine

December 03, 2015


How to Protect Hair From Chlorine

Everyone knows that chlorine is bad for hair.  But, chlorine is everywhere, so people need to learn how to use chlorine responsibly.  (Just like we figured out that sunscreen made exposure to the sun less harmful). Fortunately, it is really easy to prevent most of the hair damage caused by chlorine. 

Before swimming, wet hair with SwimSpray. While swimming, wear a swim cap. After swimming, rinse your hair with SwimSpray.

These simple steps will dramatically improve hair health for people who expose their hair to chlorine.

Step 1: Before swimming, wet hair with water and SwimSpray.

Hair absorbs water like a sponge.  The less water in the hair, the faster it absorbs water from the pool or hot tub.  Soaked, wet hair does not absorb water as fast because it's already "full" of water.

Swimmers can slow the absorption of (harmful) chlorinated water by soaking hair with non-chlorinated water before swimming.  Tap water, right?  Not exactly.  Read on.

Notably, most municipal water is chlorinated, so swimmers should include some SwimSpray in the water that they use to pre-soak their hair. Including vitamin C in the pre-soak water neutralizes the chlorine that is included in the municipal tap water.

Pre-soaking hair with SwimSpray has another benefit: the hair absorbs a small supply of natural chlorine neutralizer.  Accordingly, the swimmer's hair has a small amount of anti-chlorine defense stored in the hair.  This is especially helpful when combined with wearing a swim cap, which minimizes the amount of chlorinated water that contacts the hair.

Step 2: While swimming, wear a swim cap.

Wearing a swim cap is probably the most important step towards healthy hair. (Seriously, try one. We give them away for free with your purchase of SwimSpray). Wearing a water tight swim cap prevents the chlorinated water from contacting your hair.  If the chlorine doesn't contact your hair, it can't react with your hair. 

Practically speaking, no swim cap fits perfectly.  So, some pool water gets into the cap and onto your hair.  Nevertheless, minimizing the chlorine exposure is extremely helpful.  It's better to expose your hair to tiny amounts of chlorine compared to an entire pool's worth of chlorine.  Additionally, if you rinse your hair with water and SwimSpray before putting on the cap, the small amounts of pool water that leak into the cap get immediately neutralized.

Step 3: After swimming, rinse your hair with SwimSpray.

After swimming, rinse with SwimSpray to get rid of any chlorine that's left on your body.  Without a concentrated vitamin C rinse (like SwimSpray), the chlorine stays stuck to your hair and skin. The last step to healthy hair is neutralizing any vitamin C that sneaks into the cap and bonds to the hair. Neutralizing the chlorine on your hair immediately after swimming prevents most of chlorine's negative effects.  This is because chlorine tightly bonds to hair in the pool, then continues to damage the hair for days after leaving the pool.  SwimSpray gets the chlorine off of hair right after swimming, preventing the long term damage that would otherwise occur.

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