The thermometers are on the rise, and I couldn’t be more pleased! All my winter blues are melting away and I’m having visions of long summery, pool-side afternoons— a pink slushy drink in hand. Because swimming pools and summertime were made for each other. The same way peanut butter/chocolate, Mexican food/Coca-Cola, and Blake Lively/Ryan Reynolds were all made for each other (can we agree that nothing else is more perfect?). But guess what else is connected? And annoyingly so. Swimming pools and green hair. If you’re not careful, you could end the summer with scraggly witch hair. So let’s be careful, y’all! Your hair is too important to mess up.
Here are my five cardinal rules (that are all SUPER simple) for pool time hair care:
1. Before you take a dip in the pool, drench your hair in clean water first. Your dry hair is porous and essentially a sponge. Fill that sponge up with clean water, so it absorbs less of the harsh, chemically-doused water.
2. Apply a rich hair protectant to the ends. And by “rich” I mean oil based. I love this one. But you can also use a small amount of coconut oil, too! Chlorine causes actual chemical reactions within your hair— literally changing your hair’s chemical properties. It strips your hair of natural oils and the chlorine can then bind itself to your hair. Protecting it with an oil based product will help to block some of the chlorine’s effects.
3. My favorite way to style my hair when I get into chlorinated (or sea salt water) is to rock a braid. Because if you’ve been in harsh swimming water, you KNOW how twisted and tangled your hair can get after. And because wet hair is elastic-like and fragile, you don’t want to have to comb out all those tangles. A braid is the best trick for avoiding the obnoxious chlorine-induced rat’s nest. When you do comb, however, be sure to use a wide tooth comb. It will cause less breakage.
4. Always rinse, post-swimming. Rinse, rinse, rinse. Get as much of that chlorine out as you can. Remember how I said the chemicals can bind themselves to your hair? A clarifying shampoo will do wonders for getting it out. If you don’t have one, use apple cider vinegar (just plug your nose if you go that route, that stuff is SERIOUS). **Go easy on clarifying shampoos. As in once a week, maximum. They can be harsh if overused.
5. Get on a deep conditioning mask routine, and I don’t mean maybe. Do it. Use it religiously during the summer. The heat, sun and chlorine are a great recipe for damaged hair. I love this deep conditioner and this hair protein building treatment.
Dive in deep this summer. You know, into the pool, but also just in your commitment to healthy hair. Deep, girls. Commit. We got this.
Catch you at the pool sometime!