How Can You Take Care of Your Hair After a Swim?
How long has it been since you jumped into a pool and enjoyed the chills of cold water amid the blazing heat? Given the heat and humidity, nothing beats a swim in the pool. As swimming pools open up and the warm season approaches, it's time to bring back that inner water baby and dive right into the pool. Moreover, swimming has the ability to clear your mind and calm you down. Swimming also proves to be an excellent source of cardio.
But, before you get caught up in the excitement, you must remember soaking in chlorine after a swim in the pool can leave your hair dry and straw-like, and your scalp irritable and sensitive. Some of the most common causes of damaged hair after swimming include,
1. Chlorine & Chemicals
Chlorine dries and damages hair by robbing it of its natural oils, weakening it and making it prone to breakage and split ends. For people who have sensitive skin, pool chemicals can also further dry and irritate the scalp and body. While chlorine helps to clean and disinfect water, it has negative effects on the hair. Furthermore, prolonged chlorine exposure can cause the swimmer's hair to become brittle, resulting in split ends and breakage.
Ocean water may not always be the best choice for your hair. As this water contains salts and other varieties of unclean and unhygienic chemicals and minerals that can cause dryness, leaving you with dull and damaged hair.
Get Swim-mane Ready!
Given the harsh chemicals and their effects on your hair, proper hair care is essential! Here's a collection of hair care products as well as tips and tricks that can help you protect your hair before and after your swim.
1. Use a Swimming Cap
A good swim cap protects your hair from the chemicals in the water. This does not necessarily mean that your hair will not get wet at all. However, it will keep chlorine at bay. Even if a few strands of your hair are exposed to chlorine they will not reach your roots. Your roots are the most sensitive part you need to ensure proper chlorine protection for your hair by wearing a swimming cap.
2. Rinse Right Away
Rinse your hair as soon as you get out of the pool to remove any chlorine buildup. Don't put off shampooing and conditioning your hair until you get home. Allowing your hair to bake in chlorine is a recipe for disaster. Hence you must prevent the build-up of chlorine as soon as possible.
3. Nourish With Oil
Whether or not you have the opportunity to shower in freshwater, apply an oil to your hair before bringing it in contact with the pool or the ocean. This creates a protective layer for your hair from all the chemicals and restores the moisture back.
Dry, lifeless, and brittle hair not only detracts from your overall appearance but also your hair quality and health. With the Nourish Shine Argan Oil, you can bid goodbye to all your dull and harsh hair problems.
- Take a small quantity of the Nourish Shine Argan Oil on your palms.
- Apply evenly on the hair, focusing on the mid-lengths and ends.
- Do not apply to the scalp.
This argan oil for hair contains Vitamin E, which enhances hair health and shine while also improving hair flexibility. Using this oil on a regular basis will strengthen your hair and minimise breakage. This oil also contains UV protectant ingredients that protect the hair from sun damage, making it an ideal option for treating the chemicals that the hair is constantly exposed to when swimming.
4. Protect with Shampoo & Mask
After soaking in chlorine or saltwater, your hair requires a thorough cleaning, not a quick rinse! The purpose of washing your hair is to remove chlorine and filth, not to add more chemicals into the mix, hence you should choose a shampoo that is free of sulphates and parabens. The Keracare Repair Combo is a perfect fit for this requirement. This professional shampoo and mask duo is specially crafted for Indian hair that not only helps you lock in your moisture but also controls frizz.
- Wet your hair thoroughly and apply the Keracare Repair Shampoo evenly on your scalp.
- Lather it at the roots and then work it through the lengths of your hair.
- Rinse well and follow with the Keracare Repair Mask to get smooth and manageable hair.
This professional shampoo's main constituents are grapeseed oil and wheat protein. Grapeseed oil, which is high in vitamin E, promotes the formation of linoleic acid, which helps restore strength and lustre to brittle and fragile hair. Hydrolysed wheat protein on the other hand increases hair volume and prevents hair thinning, making damaged hair more shiny and manageable.
The hair mask is an excellent treatment for restoring and reviving the hair’s natural sheen. Rich in grapeseed oil and wheat protein, this mask moisturises and conditions your hair while also treating frizz, split ends and hair thinning.
5. Combat Frizz with a Leave-in Cream
Countless people spend hours each day attempting to tame frizzy hair. Frizzy hair can be caused by a variety of circumstances, including a lack of moisture, over-washing, and so on. However, your fight with frizzy hair comes to an end as soon as you start using the De-Frizz Smooth Leave-In Cream. This UV protective leave-in cream works towards bringing back your moisture and smoothening your hair to make it more detangled and shiny.
- Take a small quantity of the serum into your palms.
- Apply evenly over the hair, focusing on the mid-lengths and ends.
- Do not apply on the scalp.
This hair cream contains Quinoa extracts, which are high in protein, calcium, iron and phosphorus. The application of hydrolyzed Quinoa promotes the health and shine of the hair. Moreover, being free of sulphates, parabens and SLS/SLES make it an excellent and healthy choice for your hair, especially after a swim.
6. Shine Bright with a Serum
Hair that is dry and damaged often seems dull and lifeless. Colour-treated hair demands additional moisture, and a good hair serum is great for providing this. Hair serums provide a protective covering around the shaft of your hair, insulating it from the sun and dust. The Protect Shine Serum is the perfect way to restore the shine back to your hair.
- Take a small quantity of the Protect Shine Serum into your palms.
- Apply evenly across the hair, focusing on the mid-lengths and ends.
- Do not apply on the scalp.
The Protect Shine Serum's main component is Jojoba oil. A natural oil that smoothes the cuticles of the hair and tames dull and frizzy hair. It hydrates the hair, making it smooth and glossy yet not greasy. Jojoba is high in vitamins and minerals that nourish the hair, including vitamin C, vitamin E, copper and zinc. Its UV protect ingredients make it safe and healthy for your hair, especially during the summer season.
So what are you waiting for? Get swim, summer & sunshine ready today!