Swimming pool owners in Arizona have the benefit of being able to swim year-round — if they want to — and why wouldn’t they?! The swimming pool service contractors from SwimRight Pool Service & Repair in Scottsdale, Arizona tell their customers how to protect your hair when you swim.

Swimming can take its toll on your hair if you’re not careful. You certainly don’t want to avoid the pool because you’re worried your hair will turn green or get brittle. Swimming in a pool treated with chlorine — and most pools are — can wreak havoc on skin and your hair. The chemicals in a pool can dry your skin and your hair.

 How to protect your hair when you swim

  • Wet your hair before you get in the water. If you’re taking a quick shower before you swim, and you should be, make sure you just wet your hair. When do that, it will help slow the absorption of the chemicals into your hair follicles.
  • Wear a swim cap. We know they may not be fashionable, but if you want to truly protect your hair, put it in a swim cap. It will protect it from the chemicals, and if you have color-treated hair that will help prevent the color from fading.
  • Condition your hair. When you swim, the chlorine will strip your hair of its natural oils. Conditioner will coat the strands and protect it from chemical absorption.
  • Rinse your hair after you get out of the pool. Use a natural cleanser once you get out of the pool — use a solution like apple cider vinegar to eliminate the smell of chlorine and the effects of the chlorine.

 Be as proactive as you can in protecting your hair from the effects of chlorine and other chemicals in your pool water. Don’t give up swimming, just be diligent in caring for your tresses — whether you’re a an or a woman, this is important!