Swimmer’s hair is a real thing! Even if your child doesn’t swim every day, hair (especially a child’s fine hair) is highly susceptible to damage caused by chlorine and other impurities found in pools, lakes and oceans. Every year when the kids come back from their summer fun, we see dry, brittle, tangled & damaged hair. It’s common for blond hair to take on a green tone and sometimes the hair has a very shiny, yet dry, texture- similar to a doll’s hair.
The good news is that there are 7 easy steps that you can take to prevent the damage and repair the harm that has already happened.
- Hair follicles are like sponges and soak up all of the impurities found in the water. To prevent this, simply wet hair with fresh water before swimming. That way there is no room left in the follicles to soak up the chlorinated water.
- For kids with long hair, a simple tight braid or bun will help prevent hair from soaking up the impurities in the water, as well as help avoid hair from getting tangled. This will really help with after swim hair care.
- Spray in a leave-in conditioner to help protect hair from absorbing the impurities. Since this is a conditioner, it will not only prevent hair from absorbing impurities, but will also give hair extra moisture, vitamins and nourishment so badly needed during the summer. A general rule of thumb, every time you reapply sunscreen, spray in a leave-in conditioner. Feel free to apply liberally, the worst thing that will happen is that it will rinse out!
- Rinse hair immediately or as soon after swimming as possible. This will help to remove the chemicals & impurities from hair until you have time to shampoo.
- Definitely use a Swimmer’s or clarifying shampoo during summer months (or anytime your child is swimming). These shampoos contain special ingredients that will remove the impurities without stripping the hair. We love SoCozy 3 in 1 Swimmer’s Shampoo because it has activated charcoal to remove the chlorine and jojoba oil to help moisturize hair when it needs it the most.
- CONDITION!!! Use a thick creamy conditioner or Leave-In conditioner to help (re)-hydrate hair. This is a very important because it will also help with tangles and knots, which can damage hair, too. (see next step)
- Carefully detangle hair, so as to not break or damage hair. See this previous detangling post for proper instructions.
I hope you all enjoy the fun, lazy hazy days of summer!