Chlorine-Damaged Hair

by - Wednesday, February 22, 2012

One of the things I hate most about swimming is the damage the chlorine does to my hair.

Case in point, I went for a long overdue hair cut on Monday, and the stylish practically shrank back in horror when she saw what the chlorine was doing to my hair.

To be fair, I didn't put much effort making my hair look nice before the appointment, so I went in with it looking like this.

Before haircut
Oh man can't believe I just posted that picture on the Interwebz.

After she got over her horror, the stylist offered me a couple of suggestions to help counter the effects of the chlorine.

First she suggested I wear a swim cap, but I already do that.

I also told her I use a special shampoo to help remove the chlorine after every swim.

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She recommended that I use one of one those super hydrating hair conditioning masks and leave it in my hair for about 15 minutes before rinsing.

She also suggested that I use a very light-weight oil to add some moisture and softness back to my chlorine-dried hair.

At my hair appointment, my stylish worked her magic with both a hair mask and some oil and by the time I was all finished, my hair looked healthy and soft again.

After haircut

Now let's hope I can keep it this way for the rest of triathlon training.

Swimmers out there, what do you do to keep your hair from getting completely destroyed by the chlorine?

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