Before Going SwimmingBefore you look for after-swim solutions, one of the pre-stage things you can do to prevent your hair from absorbing as much chlorine while swimming is to wet it in the shower. Then use a swim cap to limit exposure while swimming. Ideally we'd all live in a world with natural pools that are filtered with plant-life like the ones made by the guys over at Biotop. Unfortunately, in a world of pee-filled public pools chlorinated to the brim, this is currently just a dream. Even with the preventative measure of pre-soaking and wearing a swim cap, chlorine damage is almost inevitable if you spend enough time in chlorinated pools. Enter our 6 best options for taking care of chlorine after you're out of the pool.
DIY SolutionsIf you're on a budget and don't mind spending the extra time to use and prep DIY style solutions, there's a few different things you can try. Although we've tried all of the done for you solutions/products from the companies listed, we haven't tried all of the DIY solutions, but tried to compile some of the most often cited suggestions. So your mileage may vary in effectiveness. As with any DIY health remedy, try it on a small area of hair or skin before applying all over to make sure it works well with you.
1. Apple VinegarWhen you're showering off after your swim, rinse apple vinegar through your hair. Then rinse your hair thoroughly. That's it. Let dry and continue on about your day. The apple vinegar is acting somewhat as a natural "clarifying agent." Meaning it's trying to get down and strip out all the junk from your hair.
2. Baking SodaTo make a baking soda solution, take one tablespoon of baking soda and one cup of water. Apply throughout your hair evenly then rinse thoroughly. Depending on your hair you may end up spending a few minutes mixing the solution through to get all of the chlorine out, like Rin on her blog at MakeupDownUnder.
3. Vitamin C CrystalsAlso known as Vitamin C Powder (depending on the manufacturer). You can find these from various health and wellness specialty stores or online. Vitamin C crystals are a powdered form of ascorbic acid. It naturally neutralizes the chlorine in your hair and on your skin.
- Mix a teaspoon of crystals with a pint of water.
- It's most easily applied through a spray bottle. Simply spray on your hair and on your skin.
- If you still smell like chlorine anywhere, then rinse and repeat application of the vitamin C.