Haircare for Swimmers: Small Steps to Keep your Locks Luscious

Photo credit - Calypso Sheridan
Photo credit – Calypso Sheridan

Who hasn’t seen the little blonde girl out there whose hair turning green from chlorine?! It happens all the time! Chlorine and hair just don’t mix well! As swimmers we are forced to jump right in and hope for the best for our hair. Luckily we are tough swimming ladies. Although, we must admit, most of us would like to not completely fry our hair.

What is a girl to do? Giving up swimming is NOT an option, but there are other small steps one can take with specific haircare tips for swimmers. These are fast and easy tips that will help you maintain the health of your hair even during swim season when it feels like you spend more time in the pool than anywhere else.

  1. You Must Wear a Swim Cap
    This is a no brainer for most swimmers, but just as a little reminder, it is imperative to wear a swim cap. Not only does this help keep your hair out of the way and reduce drag, but it also helps to protect the hair from the harsh elements of the pool. Take a look at our amazing selection of AMANZI swim caps to find one that’ll protect your hair and boost your style.
  2. Shower Before and After Every Single Swim Session
    Showering before helps to wet the hair, so it doesn’t soak up all of the chemicals. Showering after helps to cleanse the hair of all the chemicals. This is a great way to prevent chlorine damage to your hair and skin, so it is a good idea to get in the habit of having a shower routine as part of your swimming routine.
  3. Treat Your Hair with Coconut Oil
    Deep condition treatments are a great way to treat hair that is damaged and dried out from a lot of the time in the water and/or sun. A lot of deep conditioners actually contain a lot of harmful chemicals. Coconut oil is an all-natural way to treat your hair. Just apply a tablespoon or more to cover your hair from root to end. Let the conditioner sit in for about one hour before thoroughly rinsing it out in the shower. You’ll be amazed by the results!
  4. Seek Out Swim Facilities with Low Chlorine Content
    There are lots of pool out there that offer lower chlorine or alternatives to chlorine, like salt treated. If you have choices try to find a pool with lower chlorine or at least with good ventilation. Unfortunately, we know a lot of swimmers out there don’t have a choice.
  5. Cover Hair from the Sun
    Your hair is already frazzled enough without adding sun damage to the mix. Make sure if you are a swimmer who spends a lot of time outdoors to cover your hair with a hat, scarf, etc. to help prevent further damage.