There’s not much better on a hot day than a refreshing dip in the pool. However, chlorine is not kind to our hair and can leave our locks dry, tangled and brittle. To make matters worse, when your hair is color-treated, the sun’s UV rays can break down hair color molecules, and it’s especially bad for red hair. Here are some tips from colorists for protecting your color-treated hair when you’re hanging poolside.
- Oil up - "Try coating your hair in coconut oil or olive oil before jumping in the pool," celebrity colorist Lorri Goddard "It creates a slippery barrier between your strands and harmful chlorine."
- Go for a pre-soak - Goddard also recommends rinsing your hair at one of those rinse-off showers before you get in the pool. She says it keeps your hair from absorbing as much chlorine or saltwater. And if you don’t have a shower to use, a bottle of water works too.
- Use sunscreen for your hair - Colorist Kim Vo advises using products that contain UVA and UVB filters to protect tresses from chlorine and sun.
- Put your hair up - Vo says keeping your hair out of the water as much as possible helps protect it too.
- Shampoo right away - Colorists want us to take the time to wash any chemicals or drying sea salt from our hair as soon as the beach or poolside fun ends.
- Don't forget a deep conditioner - Once you wash your lovely locks, don’t forget to hydrate with a hair mask. That extra layer helps protect dry ends from damage.