How to Repair Chlorine-Damaged Hair

by Jennifer Byrne ; Updated July 18, 2017

Summer doesn't have to be the death of your hair.

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You might look fabulous in your swimsuit as you dive into that sparkling blue pool, but your frizzy, bleached-out hair is unlikely to thank you later. Between sun exposure and the added chemical scorch of chlorine, summer can be taxing to hair. Take special precautions before and after you swim to prevent chlorine damage and still enjoy an active summer.

Wet your hair before swimming, because dry hair has a tendency to soak up more chlorine. Give your hair a good rinse before you dive in.

Rinse your hair again once you've gotten out of the pool. Later, shampoo and condition as you normally would. Try a shampoo designed to remove chlorine, which can be helpful but doesn't reverse existing chlorine damage. If you already have some damage, use a hydrating shampoo instead.

Give your hair aspirin, which can reduce discoloration from chlorine, according to Heloise in "Good Housekeeping" magazine. Dissolve between six and eight aspirin tablets in a glass of warm water. Run the mixture through your hair, leaving it in for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing.

Get your hair trimmed regularly to revitalize your hair's appearance. Chlorine and sun can cause split ends, which definitely add to a damaged look.

Forego daily hair washing to allow your hair to build up protective natural oils, which can protect against chlorine. The exception is after you've been swimming, when you'll need to remove chlorine thoroughly.


  • Eat your way to healthier hair. Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, nuts, tuna and seeds, can bolster your hair's shine factor.

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About the Author

Jennifer Byrne is a freelance writer and editor specializing in topics related to health care, fitness, science and more. She attended Rutgers University. Her writing has been published by KidsHealth.org, DietBlogTalk.com, Primary Care Optometry News, and EyeWorld Magazine. She was awarded the Gold Award from the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (ASHPE), 2007, and the Apex Award for Publication Excellence.