Protect your hair from pool water

How To Protect Your Hair From Pool Water [MUST KNOW]

Did you watch the Rio Olympics? And the best male swimmers in the world competing against each other?

If… You were maybe thinking: “how do they protect their hair from chlorinated pools?” “Every time I go for a dip, my hair turns green or dry…” 

Well, the answer is simple; they use a swim cap!

But a swim cap isn’t the most handsome thing to wear and it looks quite silly if you’re just going for a dip – even though using a swim cap keeps your hair dry and prevents it from making contact with the metals in pool water.

So how do you protect your hair from pool water? Well, guys let’s take a look…

Who is Particularly at Risk for Chlorine Damage?

Everyone who regularly exposes their hair in chlorine water risks damage, but some hair types are more at risk than others. If your hair type meets the following criteria, you’ll have to take extra care…

  1. Color Treated hair (especially blonde)
  2. Dry Hair
  3. Thin or Fine Hair
  4. Previously Damaged Hair

Rinse Your Hair with Clean Water Before…

We spend all spring plotting our perfect summer hair color, only to have it turn green, dry or frizzy the first time we go swimming, but shower before can solve the problem. Showering before entering the pool sounds a little silly, but really if you rinse your hair with clean tap water it’ll be harder for the pool water to work its way in and cause damage.

Wet Your Hair, Don’t Shampoo it

It’s important to avoid using shampoo before jumping into the pool. Shampoo reacts negatively with chlorine water and causes your hair to dry out. So remember, the only thing you have to do is to rinse your hair with CLEAN WATER before hitting the pool!

Apply Oil or Conditioner

Apply a thin layer of coconut oil or conditioner in your hair before swimming to protect it. Oil will act as a barrier between your hair and chlorinated water. The silicones in the conditioner will keep chlorine and other chemicals away from your hair. It will also keep your hair tangle-free.

After Swimming: Rinse Your Hair Immediately

Rinsing your hair with clean water after swimming is also very important because the longer the chlorine remains in your hair, the more damage it will cause.

If it’s possible, it’s a good idea to use shampoo and some conditioner immediately after you exit the pool. Some shampoos are specially made to help remove chlorine and is a great solution for regular swimmers. If you want to bring shampoo and conditioner in your swim bag, get By Vilain Travel Kit . Or use a Leave-In Conditioner – just work the conditioner through your hair after swimming, then gently detangle with a wide tooth comb.

Man shampooing

Let Your Hair Air-dry

If you use a blow dryer right after a pool day, set on a low or a medium temperature – OR EVEN BETTER – let your hair air-dry!

Even though we always recommend you to use a blow-dryer while styling your hair, it’s much better for your hair to air-dry after swimming in pool water. Let your hair dry slowly and use a wide tooth comb!

Tip if Your Hair is Already Damage


If your hair is already chlorine damage, go to a pro. He or she will recommend products or treatments to help. Remember, you can always get a haircut to remove the ends that have suffered the most damage. 

(Secret tip) USE KETCHUP!
If you’re blonde and your hair has turned green after swimming a tip is to use ketchup as a shampoo to correct the green tones.

YES we know – it sounds weird and disgusting – BUT it helps! 

What to do: Shampoo your hair and rinse it out. Apply ketchup in your hair and leave it in for a couple of minutes, then rinse it out. Shampoo your hair again and use conditioner if needed. If you already have tried this secret tip, let us know if it worked! 

How do you take care of your hair when you go swimming? Feel free to share your tips in the comments below…