Spending time in the waters of Cape Cod is one of the most memorable parts of summer. Unfortunately, many people who suffer from hair loss aren’t too keen on letting chlorine or saltwater mess with their hair. And getting fine thin hair wet only makes it look like you have even less hair than you do. Over the years, we’ve fielded many questions about this, especially in the weeks leading up to summer season on Cape Cod.
During the summer, we’re often asked “Does chlorine or saltwater have any negative effects on hair?” Regardless of the season, we’re here to be a trusted resource for all your questions related to hair. Continue reading for a brief lesson on how chlorine and saltwater affect your hair, and what you can do if you are worried about your thinning hair.
How Does Chlorine Affect Your Hair?
Chlorine damages hair by removing the natural oils, resulting in dry, brittle, coarse hair. However, if you’re concerned about chlorine-induced hair loss, there’s little to no evidence that you will lose hair from swimming in the pool. In order to experience hair loss form chlorine, you would have to be exposed to levels high enough to irritate your skin. That being said, the more you swim without protecting your hair, the more likely it is that you’ll end up damaging your hair.
How to Protect Your Hair from Chlorine Damage
Be sure to rinse your hair with fresh water before swimming. Believe it or not, your hair works like a sponge, so if it’s already wet, it will absorb less chlorine. If you plan on spending a lot of time swimming, it may be beneficial to invest in a swimming cap to further protect your hair from damage. When you get out of the water, rinse your hair with clean water as quickly as you can.
How Does Saltwater Affect Your Hair?
Popular belief dictates that salt water is beneficial for our hair; however, this largely depends on your hair type. Salt water includes sodium chloride, which you may know as salt, a.k.a. what makes french fries taste good. If you have an overly oily scalp, salt water can actually help rid your scalp of dandruff. However, if you have dry hair, salt water is not quite beneficial Essentially, when hair is dry or damaged, swimming in salt water will most likely make it drier— as your hair dries, the water is evaporated, and the salt is left behind in higher amounts.
This is not meant to suggest that you should not go swimming in the ocean when you have dry hair. There are some basic preventative measures you can take which will allow you to swim in the ocean without damaging your hair. Try using a leave-in conditioner before hitting the beach or use sunscreen for hair. In any case, if you do go swimming in the ocean, it’s important to rinse the salt water from your hair immediately after swimming.
Invisions of Connecticut
If you have been suffering from thinning hair or hair loss, you may not be interested in hitting the pool this summer. At Invisions of Connecticut, we know how hair loss can affect your self-confidence and self-esteem, which can keep you from enjoying activities like swimming in a social setting. If you’re ready to take your life back this summer, contact us today for a free, private and confidential hair analysis and consultation.