Your cool refreshing summertime dip in the community swimming pool could be doing major damage to your hair. While chlorine-treated pools protect swimmers from germs, the chlorine in swimming pools does major damage to even the healthiest head of hair. Chlorine is a strong chemical that can alter hair color as well as permed and relaxed hair. It also strips the hair of moisture which causes dry, brittle, and damaged hair. While this may become problematic to those who spend many hours at the pool, there are ways to protect your hair from chlorine damage.

Things You'll Need

Clean hair before entering the pool. You can opt to shampoo your hair before entering the pool or simply apply fresh water that does not contain chlorine. This will aid in ensuring that the leave in or moisturizing conditioner adheres to your hair.

Apply a leave in conditioner or moisturizing conditioner. Conditioners seal the hair and repel chlorine from seeping into the cuticle. Fully saturate the hair with leave in conditioner until it is dripping wet. Comb through the hair so that all the strands are coated with conditioner. If you are using a moisturizing conditioner, then take an ample amount of conditioner and apply to the hair. Comb through to make sure that all strands have received conditioner.

Clean hair with a clarifying shampoo. After you have enjoyed your swim, cleanse hair with clarifying shampoo. Clarifying shampoos remove buildup and chemicals such as chlorine from the hair. Although the chlorine has not penetrated the hair shaft, it is on the exterior of the hair. Using a cleansing shampoo will prevent buildup and chemical damage that may occur if the chlorine is left on the hair. Rinse well until the hair is free of any shampoo residue.

Deep condition the hair. Take the same moisturizing conditioner or leave in conditioner and apply liberally to the hair. You can use the moisturizing conditioner first and then rinse and apply the leave in conditioner to the hair for added protection, conditioning and moisture.


  • Do not wash the conditioner out of the hair in step 2.

  • It is not necessary to dry your hair after applying conditioner. It can remain wet or dampened with conditioner.