7 Ways to Protect Your Hair From Chlorine

It’s hot.

Summer is here.

And with it also the outdoor swimming season.

Hach such a plunge into the cool wet…

It’s just stupid that the water in the outdoor pool is mixed with chlorine.

We put so much effort into our hair and then we dip our heads into the chlorine water and straw is already pre-programmed.

But that doesn’t have to be the case.

But why is chlorine harmful at all?

Chlorine kills bacteria and germs. Therefore, it is very popular in swimming pools.

However, chlorine additionally increases the PH value of the water into a strongly alkaline area. Healthy hair has an acidic PH value. As a result, our curls dry out very quickly in the chlorine water.

Hmm… you could just keep your head above water while swimming.

But let’s face it: Firstly, it’s exhausting and secondly, we want to refresh ourselves in the outdoor pool or not? But this doesn’t really work if we stretch our heads against the sun while swimming.

So, if you like to dive like me, but still don’t want to harm your hair, then I have 7 tips for you to help you protect your hair from chlorine.

If you know another tip or have any questions, just write me a comment under this post.

So let’s get started…

1. Pre-oil cure

You should treat your hair to an oil application several hours before you go swimming. To do this, simply take 1/2 -1 teaspoon of oil (e.g. sunflower oil or coconut oil) and divide it in the hair.

But don’t overdo it.

The hair should not be oily, but just a light film. But so much that you notice that you have oil in your hair. You should still trust yourself among people :-).

The oil should be in the hair for at least 2 hours before swimming. Best overnight.

The point is that the oil has enough time to penetrate the inside of the hair. This protects your hair from absorbing too much chlorine water too quickly.

By the way, I use this oil cure not only when I go swimming, but before any hair wash as a pre-poo routine.

2. Don’t be a sponge

Now you lie in the outdoor pool in the sun, you are hot and you want to jump straight into the cool water.


You should make your hair completely wet before jumping into the chlorine water. This is because wet hair can no longer absorb as much chlorine.

Think of a sponge.

If you throw a dry sponge into the water, it immediately sucks up completely with it. If you throw an already wet sponge into the water, it can no longer absorb as much chlorine water.

Therefore, always remember to get your hair wet before jumping into the water.

But wait…

There is still something missing.

3. Protective shield for your hair

After you get your hair wet, you should create a barrier between your hair and the chlorine. Especially if you have very porous hair, it is especially important to put a protective shield around your hair.

The strongest barrier is a rinse with non-water-soluble silicones.

If, like me, you avoid silicones but 100%, you need a different barrier. There is a very rich rinse, which contains e.g. shea butter.

I have at home a few rinses or masks that were a mis-purchase for my hair because they are just too heavy. But I can use these very well in the outdoor pool. It’s enough 1-2 teaspoons of it, you don’t have to drown your hair in rinse.

The richer and heavier a rinse is, the better it protects your hair from chlorine. You can see such rinses by the fact that ingredients with butter in the name are very high up.

If you don’t have a rich rinse at home, you can take any other one. Everything is better than nothing.

4. Make hair together

So now your hair is wet and smeared with rinsing.

Now it’s best to weave your hair and attach it tightly to your head. This protects them from knotting on the one hand and on the other hand less of the “bad” chlorine water comes to your hair.

What I personally find difficult to put together my short hair in such a way that the hairstyle holds. Because with rinse in it, the hair is quite slippery.

If you have concerns about hygiene, you can also put on a swimming cap instead of the last tips.

So now finally you can jump in water and cool down.

5. Rinse chlorine water thoroughly

After you have cooled down properly, you should rinse your hair straight back.

Take a bit of time. So 3-4 minutes it can be nice.

There should be no more chlorine residues in the hair when they dry.

6. Clean with shampoo

At the end of your bathing day, you should clean your hair properly.

You can use a deep cleansing shampoo or a chelating shampoo.

A chelating shampoo (e.g. Aubrey Organic Swimmer’s Shampoo) is a good choice as it can effectively rid your hair of chlorine and minerals. In addition, this shampoo has the correct PH value to balance the basic value of chlorine water.

For example, if you have used a rinse with silicones, you must use a proper deep cleaning shampoo, which is able to remove silicones.

If you’ve used a Curly Girl friendly rinse without silicones, a chelating shampoo is also sufficient.

If you go swimming very often, you can also try to wash out the chlorine residues only with rinsing.

7. Hair cure after the swimming day

As always, if you have cleaned your hair with shampoo, they need proper moisture again.

Here you should give your curls a hair mask especially for moisture. It is best to let them work for about 30 minutes.

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