Combat chlorine and preserve your hair this summer.
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Southern Living How to Protect Your Color-Treated Hair When Swimming
Combat chlorine and preserve your hair this summer
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Fun in the summer sun can take a toll on color-treated locks. Sweltering days call for cooling off in the pool, but harsh chlorine can do some serious damage to your hair's health and color. Monthly trips to the salon for color touchups can be expensive, and you don't want anything harming your hair once you've found the perfect shade. But don't miss out on pool days because you're afraid of messing up your treated tresses. Grab your go-to sunscreen, and head to the pool deck with these tips for protecting your hair before, during, and after a swim.


Rinse off your hair with cold water before hopping in the pool. Wet hair will be less likely to absorb as much chlorine as dry hair.

Treat your hair with specialized products on the front end to prevent damage. Try a chlorine-fighting product that will protect hair from harsh pool chemicals.

Coconut oil will also preserve hair's health while swimming. Spread it generously throughout your hair before jumping in. This healthy oil is a natural protector from the sun and chlorine repellant.


Channel your inner Olympian, and wear a swim cap in the pool. Not only will it protect your hair, but it will also keep hair out of your face while swimming laps.

Wearing your hair up in a bun will also keep it from absorbing too much chlorine.

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Rinse off your hair in cold water immediately after getting out of the pool, and brush it with a wide-toothed comb.

Wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo to remove lingering chlorine from hair.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Post-swim hair can be dry, brittle, and lackluster. Deep-condition your hair to replenish the nutrients it lost and rehydrate your locks. Conditioning hair masks are another great way to restore moisture and enhance shine.