Tips to Protect Chlorine Damaged Hair

If you're looking forward to hanging out at the pool but you're a bit concerned about how chlorine could damage your hair, don't worry. In today's article, we'll give you some tips on how to prevent chlorine damage so you can enjoy yourself!
Tips to Protect Chlorine Damaged Hair

Last update: 14 November, 2019

As winter arrives and more people turn to pools for exercise, few of us worry about chlorine damaged hair. Gyms and spa centers usually recommend that we wear a cap. This isn’t only to keep the water from getting dirty, but also to protect your hair.

How to prevent chlorine damaged hair

With all of the information currently at our disposal, we must be aware of the reasons why pool water has chlorine in it. Basically, the reason is very simple:  Chlorine is the most widely used disinfectant.

However, since this is a chemical used for disinfecting, it’s no wonder that our hair ends up dry brittle and loses its natural shine after we go into most pools. Fortunately, there are several keys to prevent damage.

Use a swimming cap

A swimmer about to dive into the water.

This swimming accessory is essential. It protects your hair by limiting its contact with the water. However, caps come in various materials: fabric, silicone, polyurethane, and latex. You must be careful with this last one because latex can damage your hair through the action of putting it on and removing it.

Both children and adults should wear a swimming cap to protect their hair from chlorinated water.

Apply an oil

There’s another way to prevent chlorine from damaging your hair if you don’t want to be the only one wearing a cap at the pool. All you have to do is apply an oil such as argan oil, coconut oil, or olive oil.

Just rub a little bit of oil on the palms of your hands, and distribute it throughout your hair. It’ll make it more resistant to chlorine.

Moisten it beforehand

Another way to protect your hair from the chlorine in the pool is to moisten it with cold water before you go in. You could also wash it if you wish. This is because this simple measure will keep your hair from absorbing the water in the pool.

However, it’s always best to use this method together with some of the other options above to protect your hair as much as possible.

Apply a quality hair mask

Even when you use a swimming cap or one of the other options, it’s always a good idea to apply a hair mask afterward. There are many options you can buy at your local stores but you can also make your own at home.

These kinds of masks provide excellent results and you can apply them every day to your hair regardless of how often you are at the pool.

How to prevent chlorine damaged hair when it’s dyed

A woman in a pool.
People who color their hair should adopt special measures to protect their hair from chlorinated water.

But what about protecting the hair of those of us who dye it?

People who color their hair often notice how it turns yellowish or green after they go into a pool. As this article on the impact on the health safety of the compounds used in the treatment of water in swimming pools points out, there may be “alterations of hair characteristics, modifications of certain dyes, etc.”

To keep any of these from happening, you must put the above advice into practice. However, it’s also important that you get into the habit of using specific shampoos for your hair type. For example, there are specific products for bleached hair.


As you can see, protecting your hair from the chlorine in most pools isn’t too difficult. There are many ways to do it, although you must follow some extra measures whether you often go to the pool or if you’re only there a few times during the year.

Also, remember to take special care if you’ve recently dyed or bleached your hair. Either wait a week (at least) before going into a pool or wear a swimming cap. This is important you don’t want any alterations in the color.

So, how do you protect your hair when you go to the pool? Have you ever tried any of the solutions we mentioned above?

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