Hair Repair Solutions for Swimmers

Serena Norr | 17 August 2016

A dip in the pool doesn’t have to equate to damaged hair.

One of our favorite summer activities is swimming. From the pool to the beach, we have been faithfully taking the plunge to both stay fit and cool. The problem, though, is our tresses are in need of some major hair repair. Since we have been swimming on the regular, we’ve noticed that our hair has been crunchier aka super dry and knotty. It also seems to have left our hair color zapped and in need of some TLC. But, alas, dear swimmer, there’s (thankfully) some relief coming your way! Read on to discover how to upgrade your hair care regimen with some of our favorite products.

Hair Repair for Swimmers

hair repair tips for swimmers

1. Wash your hair right away.

Those showers in the locker room at your pool are there for a reason! For you to use them. One easy way to get the chlorine out of your hair post-swim is to rinse out your hair with water.

2. Change up your hair care regimen. 

After you rinse out your hair, you’ll then need to clean and condition your hair. As a chemical disinfectant, chlorine is  super damaging on the surface of the hair where you’ll need a shampoo and conditioner that both conditions and detangles. Try out the Suave Professionals Deep Moisture Shampoo and the Suave Professionals Deep Moisture Conditioner. This hair care system works to provide moisture to your dry hair. Containing panthenol and keratin, you’ll also love how soft it makes it your hair.

3. Add in some deep moisture.

If your hair is also color-treated, you’ll also need some additional conditioning. According to Unilever’s, Leon-van Gorkin, you should also incorporate a hair mask or a deep conditioner into your hair care regimen. Try out the Dove Nutritive Solutions Intensive Repair Deep Treatment Mask, a treatment that works to repair dry and damaged hair, enabling your locks to be 10X stronger.

4. Let your hair air-dry.

After your upgraded wash and care system, you should also opt to air-dry your hair. This will allow your hair to have a break from any heat styling via a blowdryer. Use a detangler like the Dove Quench Absolute Leave-In Detangler if your hair is especially knotty. Then, brush your hair (we adore the boar bristle brush) and let it dry naturally. Simple, right!

5. Wear a swim cap.

Since giving up swimming isn’t an option – and why should it be?! You’ll need to figure out more ways to protect your hair when you get your swim on. One way is to don a classic swim cap. It may take some time to master wearing one, so you’ll want to make sure that you find one that’s lightweight and breathable. Ed’s tip: Create a low bun in your hair before you wear your cap, which will allow the cap to go on a little smoother.

6. Visit your hairdresser.

After your swim season, be sure to make a trip to your hairdresser. If your hair is super damaged, your hairdresser can help you to discover the right look for you that may just include a stylish new haircut sans split ends.

Looking for more ways to take of your hair post-workout? Check out how to care for relaxed hair during workouts.