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Chlorine Damaged Hair

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This semester of school I have been taking a swimming class, so I've spent 3-4 hours per week in a pool since mid-August, and it is absolutely killing my hair.


I have very fine, fragile hair and I get split ends so easily, but never as bad as I have from being in chlorine so much.  Since starting my swimming class, my hair has also been thinning and falling out - which is the worst, since my hair is so naturally thin to begin with.  


I am planning on cutting several inches off my hair next week, because the ends are just so far gone right now.  I was wondering if there is anything else I can to do naturally restore some of the health and thickness to my hair - to get it on the right track to becoming healthy again.



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I've had issues with thinning hair in the recent months. It seems to have stopped now though but I'm not sure. My hairdresser recommended biotin. I keep forgetting to take it so it's not really helping. Many people say that biotin should help though but it takes about 2-3 months to really see results from it. My daughter swims also and her hair gets really dry. My hairdresser recommended 12benefits spray conditioner. She said to spray it in the hair before going in the pool and also after. It seems to work well. She uses a swim cap every time she is in the pool but her hair still gets wet under it and gets more dry from the chlorine.

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Our family all love swimming. DIL, son, daughter, 2 granddaughters & 1 grandson all have long either curly or straight hair and we all do the following:

1. Wet hair

2. Apply Pro Naturals Moroccan argan oil to ends, wrap hair around head tight and don swim cap

3. After swim rinse hair thoroughly with fresh water, wrap hair in towel go home and shampoo, condition, use hair mask and finally apply the argan oil leave in treatment before blow drying or air drying. Seems to work for us

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Common problem for every swimmer,You don't want to ignore any-- When you love your hair and you love to swim.

When i  noticed that my hair appeared very dry and frizzy i felt broken, 

I'm gonna share a few things  with you all.

Use a leave-in conditioner before entering the pool

Applying a little conditioner before you enter the pool can help prevent some of the chlorine from being absorbed. Using a leave-in conditioner with a cap can not only help prevent chlorine from being absorbed but can also moisturize your hair while swimming, too!


Shampooing your hair immediately after chlorine exposure is the best way to remove the bulk of the chlorine and stop the damage it may be causing to your hair. Some shampoos are specially made to help remove chlorine and are a great idea for regular swimmers.


Chlorine sucks the natural oils from your hair and skin, leaving them dry, rough, and damaged. Your hair needs some of its natural oil to remain smooth and healthy,

Chlorine can also cause chemical reactions in your hair, changing the natural color of your hair, weakening each hair strand, and causing split ends. The oils removed from the skin can leave your skin red and irritated depending on the sensitivity of your skin.

Chlorine-damaged hair is very dry, frizzy (especially at the ends), bleached out, and often feels a little like straw. It tangles and mats up easily


Rinse skin before swimming. Chlorine can cause skin irritation. 

Chlorine neutralizer. Apply a chlorine neutralizing lotion to your skin before you swim. 

Rinse skin immediately. Rinse your skin with fresh water as soon as you get out of the pool. 


Keep your body hydrated. 


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Hum! I think it's happened to many people when go for swimming after using the chlorine at might cause the skin irritaion so it need to be take care of using it..

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