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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.
- Avoid styling with hot hair tools, which adds to the damage caused by chlorine. Use your hairdryer on a cool rather than hot setting.
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