The struggle is real.
You're hitting the pool every morning, running drills and staying on track with your training plan. Your times are improving, but all this time in the chlorine is taking a toll under your swim cap. Ready to just give up and chop all your hair off? Not so fast! Check out our best tips and product suggestions before you reach for the scissors.
Just like preparing before a race, your best bet is to set yourself up for success before you show up at the edge of the water.
- Rinse your hair in the shower BEFORE getting in the pool. "This helps slow down the absorption of chlorine because your hair is like a sponge, and will take on less water when it's wet." (Lee, 2013)
- Apply a leave in conditioner or oil treatment (such as coconut or olive oil), focusing on the ends of your hair.
Not All Swim Caps Are Created Equal
- Wear your swim cap! It prevents your hair from coming into contact with the pool water (well, as much as it can).
- According to triathlete.com, a "latex (swim cap) can tug on the scalp and break hair follicles"...no thank you! A swim cap made of silicone should feel snug but not too tight, and it can help keep your locks happy.
When you're done with your workout it can be tempting to just throw on some dry clothes and move on with your day. But making sure to take the extra time and thoroughly rinse your hair after swimming will pay off in the long run.
- Rinse hair well, then shampoo and/or condition.
- Use cold water for your final rinse for an extra boost of shine and to reduce frizz.
- Try to avoid using heat to style hair as this may cause more damage.
For many of us, the pool isn't the only enemy our hair has. No one is perfect and if you already have damaged locks, not all hope is lost! Try some of these tricks to bring the life back to your hair.
- Use a clarifying shampoo or apple cider vinegar (one part vinegar to four parts water). According to Kyle White, lead colorist at Oscar Blandi salon, not only will this remove any chlorine deposits, it will also clear up product buildup, remove dead skin cells, and unclog hair follicles.
- Deep condition once a week to maintain moisture.
- To detangle comb through hair with a wide tooth comb to avoid causing more damage.
Hair Styles That Actually Work
Everyone's hair is different and we all have a preference on race day. But the goal seems to be the same for all of us...keep knots to a minimum!
- Long side braid
- Double French braid
- Low bun
- Pony tail with multiple hair ties
Products To Try
- Silicone swim cap
- Coconut oil
- Apple cider vinegar
- May we suggest a stylish Tri Sirena trucker hat to protect your locks?
What are some of your favorite tricks to keep your hair healthy while training? Tell us in the comments below!
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The following sources were utilized in this post:
- Lee, Min-Ja. "How To Keep Chlorine From Wrecking Your Hair, Skin and Swimsuit". http://www.health.com/beauty/chlorine. July 2013.
- Walansky, Aly. "Protect Your Hair from the Pool with These 6 Tricks". http://stylecaster.com/beauty/protect-hair-from-chlorine. 2015.
- Triathlete.com. "Prevent and Treat Swimming Damage to Your Hair". http://www.triathlete.com/2015/08/gear-tech/prevent.