Yes! Frequent swimmers with natural blonde or chemically highlighted hair that is extremely porous may experience the development of green tints and shades over time. This problem can be prevented with regular use of moisturizing shampoo and conditioners that create a natural barrier from chlorine and related chemicals. Bottom line is chlorine is horrible for hair and salt water isn’t much better. With the summer coming these are some of the issues the ladies will be dealing with.
Q- What does chlorine do to the hair?
A- After prolonged exposure to chlorine the hair will take on a plastic feel, which if left alone is irreversible. The hair will also take on green cast which is the least of your worries.
Several of my clients swim straight through the year. Wearing a protective cap is obviously a must but somehow the water still seeps in. For these clients I will make these recommendations:
- The day you are going to swim wash your hair in the morning as usual with the products of your choice. Then, apply a protective cream that will block chemicals from attaching themselves to the hair shaft.
- Before you swim, if possible wet your hair down. If you would think about a sponge that is soaked and thoroughly saturated it will not soak up any more water; this is also true with your hair. If you haven’t already applied your protective cream in the morning this would be a good time to do it. If you have already applied your cream wetting your hair will not wash it out.
- Directly after swimming wash your hair with shampoo that will take chemicals out of the hair with out stripping the natural oils and follow up with a treatment. Following up with a treatment will help block chemicals from attaching themselves to your hair because a treatment seals the cuticle shut so unwanted friends won’t camp there.
- Do not use a clarifying shampoo as a way of getting the chlorine out although this may be somewhat effective it will dry your hair out. The chlorine removing shampoo that we carry are gentle and conditioning.
I mentioned before that the effects of Chlorine making the hair green were the least of your problems this is why. Chlorine, once it attaches to the hair forms an crusty plastic like shield to the hair. It will make your hair feel like barbie doll hair and is impossible to make it look healthy. If it is allowed to build up, the only way to get it out is by cutting it out. Girls that have long hair do not like this option and it always seem like it is the girls with long hair that get chlorine build up.
For all the beach goers out there salt water presents another problem. If you have been watching the magazines these last few years beach hair seems to be all the rage, for the moment any way. I can guarantee you that the beach hair you see on the model has nothing to do with spending the day on the beach. It took about an hour for a stylist to create that beach hair result. Now it is true that beach hair is pretty cool looking but for most, but a day at the beach means painful tangles that are annoying to brush out. So much for beach hair. Prolonged exposure to the sun and salt water and the beach air that permeates the cuticle taking damaged hair to a whole new level. Over the years I have had more than one client who needed to cut there hair off because of damage from salt water and sun. The steps you would take at the pool to avoid chlorine damage would also apply to the beach; the only thing I would add is a spray in sunscreen to protect your hair from over lightening.