Swimmer’s hair, that greenish tint you just can’t wash out, is caused by chlorine, which lurks in most swimming pools. “Chlorine is much more damaging than salt water to your hair,” says Zoë, who each summer corrects the color of countless blondes who’ve gone green.
1. Before swimming in chlorinated water, apply a heavy conditioner—like Laurent D Soin Reconstructeur—or a waterproof gel—like Charles Booth Sun & Swim—to seal the cuticle and prevent chemicals from entering the hair shaft.
2. After swimming, rinse your hair with club soda—the effervescence rinses out any traces of chemicals.
3. If your hair already has a greenish hue, rinse with a 6-8 oz. solution of white vinegar and coarse salt—”It pulls the green right out,” says Zoë.
4. Use an after-swim shampoo regularly. Clearly Silk Clarifying After Swim Shampoo from Paul Labrecque smells refreshingly clean and leaves even the most chlorinated hair positively brilliant.
5. To add extra shine to especially dry hair, use a deep conditioning mask at least once a week. Crabtree & Evelyn’s Hydrating and Conditioning Mask smells faintly spicy and moisturizes hair with super-emollient grapeseed and soy oil extracts. The apricot-scented Frédéric Fekkai Hair Mask restores hair with pure shea butter, crushed apricot seeds, and macadamia nut oil.
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