Protect your hair from the swimming pool

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WE SPEND all spring plotting our perfect summer hair colour, only to have it turn a startling green the first time we go swimming.

Don’t forsake the pool in favour of keeping your colour intact—just employ these tricks to protect your hair from chlorine.

Shower before hitting the pool
Hair is porous – once it’s saturated with moisture, very little chlorine will be able to enter the shaft. Imagine the cuticles of your hair acting somewhat like a sponge – if they’re filled with clean water, it’ll be harder for the pool water to work its way in and inflict damage.

Try an oil treatment
Celebrity stylist Scott Fontana recommends coating the hair in oil before diving in. He recommends olive oil topped with a swimmer’s cap. ‘You have to use oil on the hair before going into the pool, as anything else will rinse right out once you hit the water,’ he advises. ‘However, you have to keep your head covered, as oil will also cook your hair in the hot sun.’

Don’t forget a post-swim rinse
No matter what, you should always rinse your hair out after a swim to prevent residual chemicals and metals from building up.

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