Swimming is an excellent exercise for the body and mind. Not only does it provide aerobic and resistance training benefits, but it’s easy on the joints as well. Swimming can be relaxing and soothing for your mind. Gliding through the pool with only your thoughts to keep you company is like nothing else. While you can swim in the lake or even the ocean, swimming for fitness often takes place in a chlorinated swimming pool. Chlorine can wreak havoc on your hair and skin. Take the proper steps by pampering your color treated hair and protect it from chlorine when swimming.
Wearing the right swimming cap is important. There are a myriad of brands and styles. The one that I’ve had the best success with is made by Speedo. It is specifically made for long hair. Even if your hair isn’t particularly long, I still suggest getting one made for long hair. This swim cap does not pull or snag my hair.
It’s best to select a shampoo especially made for swimmers. They remove the chlorine chemicals from the hair. Ion makes an excellent one.
Use a moisturizing conditioner, preferably one made for swimmers. I use one made by Ion also. About every two times that I swim, I use a deep conditioner. Any kind is fine. The conditioner is used to coat the hair while in the swim cap, and also for shampooing the hair after the swim. The warmth of the pool helps the conditioner really penetrate the hair. The conditioner prevents the chlorine from harming the hair.
Rinse your hair with water. Most pools require that you rinse off before getting in the pool anyways. Squeeze conditioner into your hand and apply it to your wet hair. Don’t be conservative here. Use enough so that every single strand is covered. For best results, comb it through your hair. I tend to be lazy about that though and it works just fine.
Put on the swim cap and tuck your hair underneath. Enjoy your swim!
After your swim, gently take off the swim cap. Rinse the conditioner out of your hair. Apply the shampoo and rinse that out. Now, apply conditioner again. Use either the special swimming conditioner or a deep conditioner. Leave it on for one to two minutes and rinse out.
If your hair is prone to tangles, apply a light leave-in conditioner after you towel-dry your hair. I personally need one as my hair is prone to tangles.
Follow this routine each and every time that you swim and keep your color-treated hair in optimal condition.