A couple of weeks ago, I shared how I take care of my skin while I’m swimming and today I’m going to tell you how I take care of my hair. First, though, I have three general tips for minimizing chlorine damage to your hair.
tip 1. Use coconut oil, conditioner, or a special chlorine protection leave-in conditioner in your hair before you swim.
tip 2. Wear a swim cap, or put your hair in a braid or bun to protect it and keep it from getting snagged on anything.
tip 3. Avoid heat like the plague. If your already damaging your hair with chlorine, you don’t want to add more damage. If you do use heat, use a really good heat protectant.
Now on to my routine.
Right before and after I swim I spray my hair with this leave in conditioner by Ion. It claims to protect hair from chlorine damage and prevent swimmers green. I buy it at Sally Beauty Supply here.
My current favorite shampoo and conditioner is from Shea Moisture and its the Zanzibar Marine Complex. I use the shampoo mostly on my roots. I concentrate the conditioner on the ends of my hair where it gets the most dry. Once I have the conditioner in my hair I comb through with my wide tooth comb and tie my hair up in a bun while I do other stuff; the last thing I do in the shower is rinse the conditioner out of my hair. Shea Moisture is sold at most stores that sell shampoo and conditioner. I got mine at Target but I didn’t find it on their website. It is on Ulta’s website here, and here.
Once a week I like to do a hair mask. I’ve tried coconut oil and it is really effective at moisturizing my hair, the problem is that it doesn’t wash out for several days so I’m walking around with greasy looking hair. If you have dry, coarse hair, I would definitely recommend using it, it just doesn’t work for me. I do like to use this Shea Moisture weightless hair mask. It smells amazing, and works really well. After I shampoo my hair, I smear about 1 teaspoon of the conditioner through one inch sections of my hair, comb through with a wide tooth comb to make sure that it is evenly distributed and then tie it up in a bun, leave it for 20-30 minutes and rinse it out. I bought this mask at Ulta here.
After I get out of the shower and brush out my hair I put about a blueberry sized pump of the Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine serum. I buy mine at Target here.
I practically never use heat on my hair because its just not worth it to do the damage to my hair and I know the style won’t last more than one day because I’ll be in the pool. When I do use heat I like to use the Garnier Fructis Brazillian Smooth Flatiron Express for straightening and the Tresemme Thermal Creations heat protectant spray. You can find the Garnier here, and the Tresemme here.
When I do go more than one day without washing my hair, or when I just want some extra volume in my roots, I use the Not Your Mother’s dry shampoo. It does the job but I think I’m going to try out a different one once this is used up. If anyone has a recommendation please leave it in the comments:). You can buy this one here.
I hope this was helpful for someone!
Have a great day!