Chlorine is used as a disinfectant in most swimming pools, but there are some cleanliness freaks out there that overuse chlorine in their pools which makes it difficult for swimmers to wash it off their body. Swimming in any season can be fun and a good way to de-stress after a long day, but it certainly damages your hair if not washed off properly. Chilling in the pool can be a good way to stay active, but you must do the little you can to make sure it doesn’t affect your hair! Even though you may think that regular shampoos may be enough, it never gets rid of the chlorine completely. So here is how you can prevent chlorine build up in your hair.
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The king of multipurpose is back to help you! Baking soda can ALSO be used to get rid of chlorine from your hair. Mix a cup of baking soda with around a litre of water and pour it over your head in the shower. You can add essential oils to the mixture to make sure your hair becomes smooth and moisturised. Wash off after around five minutes of keeping the mixture on your hair to get rid of chlorine.
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Mix half a cup of distilled white vinegar and half a cup of water and pour it over your head as a rinse. This will retain the moisture in your hair that was all lost due to chlorine’s effects.
Make a paste out of tomato and apply it to your hair to retain moisture that may have been lost due to chlorine. Comb it through your hair gently and wash off after around half an hour.
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There are a few special shampoos that do get rid of chlorine. Ultraswim Moisturizing Chlorine Removal Shampoo, Ouidad Water Works Clarifying Shampoo and Triswim are a few chlorine removal shampoos that completely get rid of chlorine build up. You can order these shampoos online for a reasonable price.
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Besides these methods, it is always a good option to protect your hair from chlorine by using a swimming cap and/or oiling your hair before entering the pool!