Pool Hair

amanda14June 2, 2007

Any recommendations?

We live in Long Island and my 7 year old daughter is a total pool rat. She has long thick (slightly wavy) hair and it turns just awful in the summer (like horse hair), I feel as though we use a bottle of conditioner a week on her hair, just to get a comb thru it. And, we braid her hair after every washing to help keep the knots down


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Hi Amanda: I've heard that if you get hair good and wet before going into the pool, it won't absorb as much chlorine. Also, for those with blonde hair, Windex combed through after swimming gets the green out (although I'm sure you'd need a TON of conditioner after using Windex!)

    Bookmark   June 2, 2007 at 6:02PM
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When my blond daughter was small I used to apply hair dressing like VO-5 or a product for African American hair and then braid it. It kept the hair conditioned and it didn't turn green or brittle.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2007 at 6:32PM
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Have her use a swimming cap when swimming.

Also, there is stuff you can buy to remove the green from hair after swimming that won't be as harsh as Windex.

BTW the green comes from the copper added in the water and is not caused by chlorine.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2007 at 3:18AM
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Bud, I haven't seen a swim cap on anyone but a competitive swimmer since 1965!

If you do have any success with getting your wee one to don a swim cap, make sure you get a silicone one. The others snag the hair getting them off and on and are more painful than fun.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2007 at 9:29AM
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Sooooo? So what, if swim caps are not used by many people anymore. They work. It is far better to prevent damaged hair than to try to correct it with VO5 or Windex, after it is ruined, or have to cut it all off.

I belong to a high intensity water aerobics class and most of the women in the class wear shower caps to protect their hair. It won't protect for actual swimming laps or diving of course, but it keeps the hair out of the water and protected from splashing. It is NOT allowed to oil or put conditioner in hair before classes, as it gunks up the pool. Braiding hair before swimming is a good idea as it won't become so tangled and saves comb-out time later. Don't use hair products that contain silicone as they dry out the hair.

Wetting hair before going into the pool is a good idea as the hair soaks up a lot of plain water rather than chemical laded water. (Same goes for protecting your swimsuit.)

Some kids think swim caps can be 'cool' if you buy the right kind and let them wear it sort of "styled" more on top of the head rather than over the ears with a dorky chin strap.

Some schools require swim caps on both boys and girls for swim classes, so it is not all that unusual for kids to wear them. Tell your daughter that swimcaps are what the "older kids" wear when swimming. That can overcome reistance to wearing one if her friends don't.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2007 at 6:48PM
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I always wear a swim-cap when using a chlorinated pool - color-treated hair. I don't give a darn what anyone thinks!

Also, I've found that glomming on conditioner can attract bees, so be careful about which you use. And for heaven's sake, don't use windex. There are shampoos and conditioners especially formulated to remove chlorine safely.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2007 at 2:39AM
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After swimming use CLUB SODA or Baking Soda and it will help with your swimmers hair

    Bookmark   May 12, 2011 at 2:09PM
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Well said everyone.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 2:16AM
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