Well, The structure of your hair is vulnerable to drying agents, especially the chlorine in swimming pools. The cortex, or inner layer, of hair is protected by the cuticle, or outer later. Sebum is a natural lubricant that protects the cuticle. The chlorine in pools sucks the sebum out of your hair, which may cause the cuticle to crack. This damage causes your hair's natural sheen to diminish, and the unprotected cortex to "split" (split ends).
What can you do to prevent this?
- Go light on hair coloring when you wear your hair natural.
- Wear a rubber bathing cap. Although it doesn't keep all of the water out, it helps. Sports stores that sell swimmers' equipment should have caps in a wide range of sizes.
- Before putting the bathing cap on, put conditioner in your hair.
- After swimming, rinse hair with tap water, preferably using a protein shampoo.
- Make sure to put leave in conditioner in the hair
- Use a wide-tooth comb, not a brush, to detangle wet hair.
- To dry hair - don't rub - pat or squeeze gently and/or wrap in a towel.
- Plait hair into sections so that it will dry.
If you follow these steps you should be able to survive the chlorine hex, and enjoy swimming with no problems!
Stay Blessed & Happy Locing!