Can Chlorine Cause Damage to Your Hair?!

First and foremost, if you have a pool I am immediately jealous and can I come hang? It’s summertime and girls just wanna have fun, but we have to be protecting our hair ladies!

This blog post is for my summer babes who hang around the pool frequently and get their hair wet; especially blondes! There’s a reason we put chlorine in your pools but, is it the best for our hair??


Chlorine is meant to kill bacteria and prevent us from getting unwanted infections and disease. While that is amazing on one end, chlorine is extremely drying to our hair and can strip it of its natural oils. It can also create build up on your hair strands.

Remember when I said this blog post was for blondes? Chlorine can also cause blondes to have a green tinge to their hair. This is due to the chemical reaction between chlorine and copper when the copper becomes oxidized by the chlorine.


The best way to prevent your hair from becoming dry and brittle from chlorine is to put it up on top of your head in an elastic, scrunchie (the least damaging option), hat, cap etc. and not get it wet. If it doesn’t have to be submerged in water, I wouldn’t do it.

Another great way to prevent your hair from getting damaged is using a leave-in conditioner beforehand. I recommend either using it when you last washed your hair before getting in the pool or wetting your hair and then applying it before you get in. My favorite leave-in conditioner is from REF and is sold at Haven Salon!

I Did It Anyways…

If your hair gets wet regardless and you didn’t put your hair up or use your leave-in conditioner, you want to make sure you clarify your hair in the shower afterwards. I always recommend either the Neuma ReNeu (great for your scalp too) or the ColorProof Detox Shampoos. That way the chlorine will sufficiently come out. This is also a great time to use your leave-in conditioner again!

More Pool Tips

Lastly, when swimming you want to be gentle with your hair. Don't rake through it harshly to get the knots out, don’t yank any hair ties out and put your hair up in a nice style like braids! That way your hair is pulled back out of the way and you aren’t fussing with it. Bonus is if you don’t know how to braid, you can always have a custom braiding class with me!

Green Swimmer’s Hair Recipe

An extra added bonus on this blog post is I am going to give you my simple yet effective way to get rid of that green tinge blondes get that we talked about earlier.


Baking Soda


Take ¼ to ⅓ of a cup of baking soda and mix with equal parts of water to create a thick paste. Mix together in a bowl and apply to the parts of the hair that are greenish. Massage the paste into the hair and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and shampoo and condition as normal.

With that I wish you all happy swimming! Don’t forget to invite your favorite hair stylist to your next pool party!



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