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How to Prevent Hair From Falling Out When Swimming

author image Nakita Rowell-Stevens
Richmond, Virginia resident Nakita Rowell-Stevens has been writing articles in business and entertainment since 2002. Her writing experience spans from feature coverage with local area newspapers such as "The Daily Tar Heel" and "The Richmond Free Press" to writing for ABC Television affiliates. Rowell-Stevens holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
How to Prevent Hair From Falling Out When Swimming
Chlorine is a damaging agent that can cause brittle hair and hair loss. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images

Chlorine does a great job of eliminating germs and bacteria in swimming pools, but it does take its toll on your hair. Since chlorine is a corrosive agent, it not only eats away at germs in pools, but also at the living tissue in hair follicles; leaving hair weak, brittle and in danger of falling out. By taking preventative methods to protect your hair while swimming, you can avoid potential hair loss.

Wear A Swimming Cap

How to Prevent Hair From Falling Out When Swimming
A swimming cap can limit exposure of chlorinated water to the hair. Photo Credit Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images

One of the simplest steps to take when going swimming is to wear a swimmer’s cap. A swimmer’s cap will allow you to enjoy your swim while keeping most of the chlorine water out of your hair. Choose a latex or silicone cap as they fit more snugly on your head and are thicker and softer for your hair.

Wet Your Hair

How to Prevent Hair From Falling Out When Swimming
Wet hair prevents chlorine from fully absorbing into the hair follicle. Photo Credit George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Before getting in the pool, wet your hair first. Dry hair acts as a sponge when it comes in contact with water, so it is best to wet it with non-chlorinated water before it comes in contact with the pool water. Since your hair has already absorbed the clean water, it is less vulnerable and less likely to absorb the chlorine in the pool. Another way of protecting your hair is to rinse it with clean, non-chlorinated water after swimming to get rid of any residual chlorine.

Condition Your Hair

How to Prevent Hair From Falling Out When Swimming
Conditioner forms a protective layer on the hair to guard against chlorine damage. Photo Credit Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

After wetting your hair, apply conditioner to it prior to getting in the pool. Conditioner provides a layer of protection to your hair follicles, sealing the cuticle and preventing the chlorinated water from penetrating the hair. The conditioner will strengthen the hair follicles, protecting them from damage and loss.

Wash Your Hair After Swimming

How to Prevent Hair From Falling Out When Swimming
Wash your hair thoroughly after every swim to avoid potential hair damage or loss. Photo Credit Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images

While all of these methods are effective in minimizing chlorine exposure to your hair, it is still important to wash your hair thoroughly after a swim. You should wash your hair immediately following your swim and run it under warm, non-chlorinated water for three to five minutes. Wash your hair thoroughly with a clarifying shampoo and then follow with a leave-in conditioner. Following these steps after every swim may seem like a lot of work, but it will ensure that your hair stays healthy and chlorine free.

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