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How to Repair Chlorine-Damaged Hair

Beauty & Style 4

summer survival guide

repair chlorine-damaged hairDo you want to hear something embarrassing? I wear a bathing cap every time I go swimming in the summer. What a dork, right? So not cute. But I can't help it: It's the only way I can keep my hair from going green with all the chlorine and other chemicals in the pool...

I'm guessing that the rest of you aren't nearly as nerdy, so I'm going to include a few tips here about how to repair chlorine-damaged hair.

  • The Beauty Brains blog suggests conditioning hair with a product containing high levels of silicone before swimming to prevent it from absorbing chlorine. Tresemme and Pantene conditioners work great for this purpose.
  • Also, it is recommended that you soak hair in non-chlorinated water immediately before swimming. This will reduce the amount of chlorinated water it can soak up in the pool.
  • If, however, you want even more protection, wash hair with a swimmers shampoo containing thiosulfate, which dissolves the chlorine and prevents it from oxidizing your hair. Many swimmers swear by Ultra Swim.
  • There are several home remedies you can use to repair chlorine-damaged hair. Rinsing with club soda after swimming is said to help stop the chlorine from damaging hair. Rinsing with tomato juice, lemon juice, aspirin (dissolved in water), and baking soda is said to help get rid of the green tint left by chlorine.

Has your hair ever turned green from too much chlorine in the summer?

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Peajewel Peajewel

That was YOU I was poking fun at over at the pool?  hee hee -- Just kidding.  I had a friend that ran around with green hair all summer when I was a kid and my daughter has light colored hair so I worry about it with her since we have a pool.  I wash her hair with a shampoo made my L'Oreal in the summer that is supposed to keep the green look out.  It seems to be working so far.  I start using it once we open our pool and then continue to use it for a week or so after we close our pool. 

Cafe... Cafe MicheleZ

Totally retro with the bathing cap, Kim!

sodapple sodapple

thank God no, i'll be pretty scared.

coppe... copperswifey

no, because I have dark brown hair so I have never had to worry about that :)

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