Prevent And Treat Swimming Damage To Your Hair

Your fitness gains in the pool don't have to come with the sacrifice of healthy hair.

Prevent and treat swimming damage to your tresses with four simple strategies.

1. Use A Protecting Gel

During your pre-swim rinse, thoroughly wet your hair with water. This simple soak will minimize the amount of water your hair can absorb afterward. For added protection, apply a pre-swim protecting gel before donning a cap.

Phillip Kingsley Swimcap Cream
$38, 5 OZ

Reflect Sports Pre-Swim Protecting Gel

$15, 8 OZ

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2. Choose The Right Cap

One-size-fits-all swim caps, especially those made of latex, can tug on the scalp and break hair follicles. Choose a cap made of silicone instead, and find one that is snug but not overly tight.

TYR Multi Silicone Swim Cap

Speedo Optimism Silicone Cap

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3. Use A Clarifying Shampoo

Chlorine bonds to skin and hair, requiring a thorough cleansing to remove residue post-swim. To expedite the process, use a clarifying shampoo or spray designed to remove chlorine from hair.

Doc’s Skincare All Natural Swim Shampoo
$12, 4 OZ

TriSwim Shampoo & Conditioner Set
$32, 2 8-OZ Bottles

$15, 4 OZ

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4. Use A Deep Conditioning Treatment

Saltwater and chlorine can strip hair of its natural protective oils, resulting in loss of shine and decreased manageability. Restore your hair’s nutrients with a deep conditioning treatment at least once per week.

Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment
$9, 0.85 OZ

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Are You Seeing Green?

Light-haired swimmers sometimes notice a greenish tint to their locks post-swim. If a swim-specific shampoo doesn’t correct the problem, try a home remedy. Swimmers have found a multitude of household products to be effective in removing hair discoloration: tomato juice, lemon juice, aspirin (dissolved in water), and baking soda are commonly recommended home treatments for swimmer’s hair.