Many of you may be worried that your hair remains sore every summer despite UV care… Here’s an explanation of the disinfectant in swimming pools and how to protect your wet hair from UV rays!
Why is pool water bad for your hair?
Swimming pools are usually used by an unspecified number of people. Therefore, “chlorine” is added to the water in order to maintain water quality and disinfect it.
This chlorine damages and destroys the cuticle, which protects the hair. It is often said that the hair color of people who frequently go to the pool becomes lighter, and this can be attributed to chlorine’s property of adsorbing to proteins (adverse effect on cuticles).
When the cuticle is damaged, nutrients and proteins inside the hair flow out. This results in weakened hair. Chlorine also dries out the scalp. Such dryness can cause the pores to become blocked, thus preventing the normal growth of hair.
Effects on permed hair
It is often said that a perm is removed when you go into a swimming pool. However, in the case of perms using common chemicals, the shape of the perm will rather return to its original shape when moisture is applied to the hair.
What! If you think, “Then swimming pools are not a problem,” please wait a little. As mentioned above, chlorine in swimming pools is not good for freshly permed hair. Hair that has just had a perm is very weak from the chemicals and heat. In other words, the cuticle has not yet been repaired, so the damage from chlorine is more likely to occur than usual.
If you’re going to get a perm, do it at least 3 days before you plan to go to the pool!
It is best to avoid swimming pools after perms for about 3 days if possible. If you cannot make this schedule, shower off the chlorine from your hair well and use treatment products to replenish oil and nutrients to minimize damage.