Sunday, July 15, 2012

Pool Hair Fixes

Pool Hair can be cool hair, with a few quick tricks & fixes!

With record heat this summer, chances are you're like me and living in your pool.  It's a morning ritual.  I get up, put on my bathing suit, test the water and jump in.  Swimming is a great full body exercise that also helps to lower your core body temperature for added fat burning.  Well, there's no doubt swimming is super good for your body but what chlorine and other pool chemicals do to your hair is another thing.

Carve Designs of CA Vista Tankini Top and Cali Bikini Bottom both have UPF 50+
Freestyling-Get a Swim Cap
Take a cue from the Olympic swimmers and divers who spend a LOT of time in chlorinated pools.  They wear caps to decrease drag in the water for relays but they also serve to help protect their hair.  Speedo and other companies make lightweight, lycra and even silicone swim caps.  I have both but find the lycra / nylon ones to be easier to put on and more comfortable to wear. 

Products to help fix Pool Hair
Hair Care Products for Pool Heads
12 time Olympic Medalist Dana Torres shares my tip for keeping hair under control. Before putting on my swim cap, I like to rub a dab of conditioner in my hands and smooth it on my hair.  This gives me a little extra protection from pool chemicals that can make hair porous and damaged.  I like Keratin based conditioners, (Suave has a really good one) and Salma Hayek's Nuance line.
If you don't want to wear a cap, at least protect your hair from the the water and UV rays with a light coating of sun block. Hawaiian Tropic makes one with SPF 20 and shimmer so you can add a little sparkle to your locks while you're at it.  Prang!

Shower & Shampoo Out Chlorine
Chlorine is really the bad guy here.  It not only dries out your hair but for those of us with blond or lighter shades, it can turn your hair green.  Now unless that's the look you're going for, at the very least rinse your hair after you exit the pool.  We keep an outdoor shower poolside for just that purpose.  As soon as we get out, we spray off the pool chemicals at the Pocket Shower.  At the end of the day, you'll want to use a gentle chlorine removing shampoo like Ultra Swim which is clear and moisturizing.

Our outdoor shower helps to rinse the chlorine out of our hair
Be Gentle
You might want to switch to a softer boar bristle brush in the summertime.  These are also known as natural bristle brushes and work really well to distribute your natural oils along the hair shaft for extra protectionYou may find yourself wearing your hair pulled back in a bun with a bit of conditioner smoothed through.  That may be your "pool head" look for the summer but it worked for Coco Channel and that Bain de Soleil woman for years.  Keep in mind that whirlpools and hot tubs are also likely to be heavily chlorinated so you'll need to take the same precautions after spending time in them.

Hot tubs and whirlpools are also often chlorinated so be sure to rinse off after exiting.

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