While swimming is a pastime enjoyed year-round, there’s nothing more satisfying than taking a refreshing dip when temps are on the rise. That is, until your blonde tresses morph into dry, brittle tresses that feel like straw and are prone to split ends. While your first reaction may be to panic, keep your cool. This unwanted change is completely normal when hair is exposed to heavy amounts of chlorine. Before diving into the pool, let’s dive into ways you can avoid and treat this common hair woe.
Why Does Hair Become Dry from Chlorine Exposure?
Chlorine strips hair’s natural oils and lipids causing hair to become dry, brittle, prone to split ends and breakage.
Blonde hair is more susceptible to this transformation because lightened or highlighted hair is more porous, meaning strands absorb the chlorine more easily. Even brunettes (including the darker end of the scale) and redheads can experience hair dryness. It’s just not as obvious. Even so, taking the same precautions as blondes is vital.
How to Get Back Soft, Silky Feeling Hair
You're not alone if you’re wondering how to get rid of the undesirable side effects of dry, brittle, breakage prone locks.
Here are a few practical suggestions for restoring your hair’s lost moisture for bouncy, soft, silky feeling tresses and to help preserve the overall health of your hair.
Restore Your Tresses in the Shower
Negating damage starts in the shower with Better Natured® Damage Repair Shampoo and Conditioner. Cleanse your hair and replenish moisture while strengthening* stressed-out strands. This hydrating shampoo helps reduce breakage by 40 percent* and prevents future damage, whereas the conditioner replenishes moisture to deliver stronger* strands that are 3X less prone to breakage.* It’s the perfect pairing for anyone who regularly swims in pool water and has extensive chemical treatments. Plus IPSY included our Damage Repair Shampoo in their round up of Best Shampoos for Chlorine Removal.
*Against combing breakage on damaged hair when using Better Natured® Damage Repair Shampoo and Conditioner vs. a non-conditioning shampoo.
Use a Deep Conditioner a Few Times a Week
Use a rich treatment such as Better Natured® Color Care Deep Conditioning Balm two to three times a week to enhance the brilliance, depth, and tone of color-treated hair for up to nine weeks.* This intensely restorative award-winning formula delivers serious TLC that helps return strands to their soft, shiny, and lustrous-looking appearance in just two minutes.
*When used as a system with Better Natured® Color Care Shampoo two to three times weekly.
Damaged tresses are more susceptible to becoming brassy so use Better Natured® Color Correcting Cream (Purple) to neutralize brassy tones and deliver cooler results in just one to three minutes.
How to Avoid Green Pool Hair
Nobody wants to add damaged hair to their summer agenda. The good news is it only takes a few simple precautions to keep your tresses looking and feeling soft moisturized all season long.
Wet and Protect…
Pre-soak your hair with clean, non-chlorinated water before swimming so your strands soak it up to help minimize the amount of absorbed chlorine. Next, apply Better Natured® Color Care Deep Conditioning Balm as an additional protectant to help negate damage caused by chlorinated water. Rinse your hair with clean water in between dips and reapply the balm.
…Then Wash and Protect — Right Away
Immediately after swimming, jump in the shower and thoroughly cleanse and condition your hair with Better Natured® Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner. This set leaves color-treated hair smooth and silky from root to tip and keeps hair color vibrant for up to nine weeks.* Not only that, but this duo works hand-in-hand with our Deep Conditioning Balm to shield your tresses from the wear and tear that come with swimming in pool water.
*When used as a system with Better Natured® Color Care Conditioning Balm.
Invest in a Swim Cap
Channel your inner Olympian and sport a swim cap to protect your hair and color’s vibrancy from the effects of chlorine-infused pool water. And while there are many classic styles available, there are numerous fashion-forward options out there to help you feel confident. It’s all about safeguarding the health of your hair and avoiding dry, brittle tresses.
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