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How To Protect Your Red Hair From Chlorine

Don't let chlorine fade your gorgeous red locks!

Chlorine is a chemical added to pools and hot tubs that helps to sanitize the water. It keeps the water clean and safe to swim in. The downside of chlorine is that it can dry out your sensitive skin and red hair. It can also lead to fading and discoloration of the hair — and redheads don’t want that!

Here are a few ways you can protect your red hair from chlorine this summer:

Don’t swim with freshly washed hair 

This is important for redheads with sensitivities. Lots of people rinse off before hitting the pool because it’s a great way to keep the pool clean for others. Just make sure you aren’t washing your hair right before getting into the pool. Depending on what’s in your shampoo, you might get a negative reaction to the chlorine. 

Rinse off hair/body after swimming 

It’s best to shower after swimming to remove the chemicals from your hair and body. If you aren’t able to take a full shower afterward, at least make sure to rinse in non-chlorinated water to reduce damage. 

Immediately wash your red hair 

If you are able to shower after your swim, or as soon as you’re able, make sure to fully wash your hair. This will help remove the chemicals and avoid any further damage. Make sure your shampoo is free of sulfates.

Keep your hair out of the water 

The best way to protect your hair from chlorine damage is to not get it wet in a pool or hot tub. Put your hair up into a high bun or pony while hanging out in the pool, or use a protective swim cap to keep your hair dry while swimming. 

Deep condition  

If you are spending a lot of time in chlorinated water, try and deep condition your hair on a regular basis to keep it nourished and hydrated. Here are 7 redhead-approved deep conditioners to use. 

If your hair is fading due to too much chlorine, invest in a redhead color depositing shampoo! Shop here. 

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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