How Will Chlorine Affect My Hair?

How to Prevent Damage and Treat Chlorine Exposed Hair


Here at Topknots we are always here to advise you on maintaining healthy hair for you and your family as you are fully aware we are situated in a gym environment

With swimming pool facilities which a large number of you use so here are a few tips to help you maintain healthy shinny hair.

  • Who is at Risk for Chlorine Damage?
    Everyone that regularly exposes their hair to chlorinated water risks damage, but some hair types will damage faster or more severely. If your hair meets the following criteria, you will

want to take extra care to prevent and treat chlorine damage

  • Color Treated Hair: especially if your hair is chemically lightened or highlighted.
  • Chemically Treated Hair: permed or relaxed
  • Dry Hair
  • Thin or Fine Hair
  • Previously Damaged hair

How to Prevent Chlorine Damage
you can do a few things immediately before and after you hit the pool to prevent chlorine from damaging your beautiful locks.

  • Saturate Your Hair with Water. Before you enter the pool, rinse your hair with clean tap water to saturate your hair. Have you ever noticed that a sponge will only absorb so much water, and once it's full the water just runs off? Your hair is similar to a sponge. If you saturate your hair with clean tap water, your hair will be less likely to absorb as much of the chlorinated water in the pool.
  • Use a Swim Cap. If you're doing a lot of swimming or are concerned about damage, a swim cap can make a world of difference. Before putting your cap on, saturate your hair with clean water and apply a light conditioner to your hair.
  • Rinse, rinse, rinse. After you exit the pool, a good clean rinse in the shower will start the process of removing the chlorine from your hair. In fact, it's a good idea to rinse your hair often with clean water while swimming to keep flushing the chlorine and chemicals out.
  • Shampoo your hair immediately after chlorine exposure is the best way to remove the bulk of the chlorine and stop the damage it may be causing to your hair. Some shampoos are specially made to help remove chlorine and are a great idea for regular swimmers..
  • Moisture/Protein Balance. Just as important as removing the chlorine, you have to replace the moisture and protein that the chlorine strips from your hair as soon as possible. It's important to condition your hair well after shampooing, and I highly recommend a leave in protein conditioner to soothe dry, frazzled hair and prevent split ends. I personally think every chlorine exposed head should be using this
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How to Repair Chlorine Damage


If chlorine has damaged your hair, you'll know it. Chlorine damaged hair is very dry, frizzy (especially at the ends), bleached out, and often feels a little like straw. It tangles and matts up easily. These tips can help you revive your chlorine damaged hair:

·         Talk to your hairstylist. If you already have severe chlorine damage, go to a pro. Have her assess you hair's damage and recommend products or treatments to help and, at the very least, get a haircut to remove the ends that are likely suffering from the most damage. Once your hair is over damaged, repair is out of the question and a haircut is your only hope for soft, shiny hair again.


·         Clarify your hair. If chlorine has damaged your hair, it's likely that it's also building up in your hair and causing it to feel worse than it is. Try a clarifying shampoo, or try super-clarifying your hair with  An apple cider and vinegar rinse

·          is also a great option for removing the chlorine buildup.


·         Check your scalp. Chlorine is not only drying to your hair shaft, but can also cause drying to your scalp. If your scalp is severely dry and your hair is damaged,


·         Use a regular protein rinse. Replenishing the protein in your hair that's been stripped by the chlorine will help repair and rebuild your hair's strength.


·         Deep condition your hair. While a regular daily conditioner is a must, if your hair is damaged by chlorine you'll need a weekly or bi-weekly deep condoning treatment to seal in moisture and sooth the frizzy split ends. Coconut oil is another god-send for repairing damaged hair caused by chlorine.


·         Be very patient. While you're working to repair your damaged hair, be patient. It takes time for your damaged hair to bounce back to life. In the meantime, try these tricks for healthier looking hair, right now.


Here at Topknots we offer a range of professional treatments to help with any problem you may be having with your hair!