I’m Gonna Wash That Chlorine Right Out of My Hair!

The title is a reference to the musical “South Pacific”. Some of you may know the song I am referencing 🙂

I got my hair cut last week and the hairdresser told me something I did not know: to get chlorine out of your hair, take 1 tea or tablespoon of baking soda and add it to your shampoo once a month. This will get rid of the chlorine buildup. After you do that she said to make sure you use a heavy moisturizer so your hair doesn’t dry out.

I imagine you can adjust the baking soda due to how long and or thick your hair is.

Another way to help your ahir is to put conditioner in it before you swim-just put it in your hair and leave it-it helps to prevent chlorine build up and helps keep your hair moist.

This is a WFMW post over at Rocks in My Dryer.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. aubrey
    May 28, 2008 @ 07:37:01

    Thanks for the tip. I struggled with pool hair for a while and finally just bought some special swim shampoo because I couldn’t stand the sticky, brittle feeling my hair got every time I got out of the pool. Maybe when this runs out I’ll try the baking soda. I also got some special leave-in swimmer’s conditioner that I really love and seems to work well.


  2. Ginny
    May 28, 2008 @ 13:48:49

    I didn’t know that about the baking soda, great tip! My daughter has blond hair that gets yucky from swimming.


  3. Tara
    May 28, 2008 @ 20:05:10

    How very interesting.. Thanks for posting.. I hadn’t heard of this trick.. 🙂


  4. ross
    Jun 26, 2009 @ 14:30:54

    PLEASE don’t wear ‘product’ in the pool unless you really have a water tight swim cap (almost nobody does). I constantly encounter conditioners and hair gels in the pool, I can taste them, I am ingesting them.

    Many people are chemical-sensitive.

    At least consider not using conditioners and also rinsing perfumes and deoderants before entering the pool.

    By the way, completely wetting your hair very thoroughly BEFORE exposure to chlorine prevents the hair from absorbing, since it has already absorbed the plain water first! 🙂


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