Stop worrying about your hair and dive in the pool! You may be enjoying your days poolside and love to show off your tan, but you don't want your hair to look like a pile of dried hay at the end of the day. Keep your hair silky smooth and your color rich and vibrant. By using simple tips and tricks provided by professional stylists you can keep your locks healthy and sexy.
H2O: before and after
Water: it's cheap, it's readily available and it's the best way to protect your hair in the summer Selda Cortes of Lotus Salon in New York City says rinsing with clean water before swimming in a pool "helps the hair absorb the fresh water rather than the chlorinated water."
Why does this work? "Hair is porous like a sponge," says Greg Griffin, owner of the barber lounge in San Francisco, Calif. In addition to filling the hair with water, he advises pool swimmers to apply some conditioner to the hair before swimming and then braiding it or putting it in a bun.
"Or for those who are truly dedicated, rinse your hair with bottled water to ensure all salt or chlorine is removed from the hair." recommends Greg Ruggeri of Ruggeri Salon in New York City.
Fashionable swim hair
One fun way to protect beautiful highlights is to keep it out of the water (no diving!). Meaghan Ortenzi, stylist at Keldara Salon and Spa in Dedham, Mass. advises women to wear hats and headbands.
The best way to keep your hair in good condition is to rinse the chlorinated water out of hair right after swimming says Griffin. He says chelating shampoo is best for gently removing chlorine from both hair and skin.
"After fun in the sun, washing hair right after swimming is always best. I recommend a clarifying shampoo which will rinse the chlorine and other chemicals. If shampooing is not an option, at least a fresh water rinse will be better than anything," recommends Cortes.
For a natural approach, try apple cider vinegar after swimming. "It is the best form of "detoxifying" the hair as the acidity is so close to that of natural hair it works as a great cleansing agent to remove buildup" recommends Emily Thomas of the Cutler Salon in Miami Beach, Fla.
What to avoid
If you know you'll be hitting the cool, crisp water of a chlorinated pool, there are some styling products you should avoid. Stay away from "volumizing, curl enhancing products usually make hair more porous, it's a good idea to avoid these products when swimming" advises Griffin.
Just like Elle Woods in "Legally Blonde" saved the day by knowing you can't shower after a perm, you can save your new chemical treatment with the right timing. "It's probably good to wait at least a week before introducing your newly colored hair to chlorine," recommends Griffin.
Original email interview with Meaghan Ortenzi,Keldara Salon and Spa, Dedham, Mass.
Original email interview with Emily Thomas Cutler Salon, Miami Beach, Fla.
Original email interview with Greg Ruggeri of Ruggeri Salon, New York City
Original email interview with Selda Cortes of Lotus Salon, New York City
Original email interview wit Greg Griffin, owner of the barber lounge, San Francisco, Calif.