If you swim a lot or take water aerobics, chances are your hair is being damaged by the chlorine in the water. Most pools use chlorine as a disinfectant and to keep them clean. Nowadays, there are other ways that pools can be kept fresh and clean – and they are much healthier and safer for the environment. Using a small amount of salt water in the pool or using a copper or silver ionizer is very effective. Ozone is a natural sanitizer and will cut down on the burning eyes, bleached clothing, dry skin, and corroded pool liners and equipment that are the by-products of chlorination. However, most pools are still sanitized with chlorine, so to cut down on the harmful effects, here are a few tips:
* Rinse your hair thoroughly with fresh water before entering the pool. Hair that is super-saturated already tends to absorb less of the chlorinated water.
* Put a conditioner in your hair before getting in the water. This will add moisture and protection from chlorine.
* Wear a bathing cap. Okay, they’re not the most attractive head gear, but the point is to have attractive hair after your swim, right?
If all else fails and you don’t succeed in protecting your hair during your hair from the pool’s chlorine, see the next post – C is for Chlorine – Cutting down on Chemical Challenges.