Pool Chlorine and Hair Dye  

by Pool Builders on 04-19-2010 in Articles

Nothing beats the refreshing experience of diving into a cool pool on a hot summer's day. Something most of us don't think about prior to going swimming is how our hair will be affected by the chlorine content of the pool. While in most cases there is nothing to be really concerned about, those who have recently dyed their hair may have to deal with fading if not properly prepared. Exotic colors like red tend to be the most susceptible to this phenomenon. In more extreme cases, you might go into the pool with red hair and come out with orange hair. Remember that there are several factors at play when it comes to how your hair will respond to the pool water. It could be that the chlorine content of the pool was within an acceptable range, but your body chose to react in a certain way to the chlorine causing your hair to change color. Fortunately, there are some simple strategies you can employ to keep your freshly colored hair from becoming damaged.

The simplest way you can prevent a color disruption prior to going swimming is to apply a conditioner to your hair. Leave in conditioner will create a protective layer that will keep the chlorine from wreaking havoc. Make sure you give the product sufficient time to absorb into your hair. You don't want it to run into your eyes causing all sorts of irritation. The conditioner may need to be reapplied every so often to maintain the protection. When you get out of the pool, try to get your hair washed as quickly as possible using a clarifying shampoo to remove many of the harsh chemicals found in pool water.

Try to get your hair colored well before you anticipate going swimming again. Every time your color your hair, you damage it as the process strips off natural oils which help keep moisture intact. You need to give it ample time to regenerate these oils, and can aid in the process by giving it hot oil treatments. If you go swimming before giving the hair sufficient time to recuperate, your run the risk of damaging even further. Dry hair is very prone to deteriorating even further.

Swimming in a pool doesn't have to necessarily have to lead to damaged hair. If you take the preventative measures we mentioned above, the likelihood of experiencing any sort of color distortion is very low. As long as you take care of your hair, there is no reason to believe it will turn against you.

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