Swimming is one of the greatest joys of the season, but if you can make it to a beach (more on that, later) how does chlorine affect your dye job? (If at all.)
According to Bondi-based hairstylist Leah Volanakis, beauty expert and owner of Hair by Volo, “chlorine is a no-go zone, when it comes to colour. This is because it’s a bleach-based solution which causes chemical changes in our hair, which can be very damaging.
“The reason I would recommend an ocean swim (if we’re talking about hair exclusively) over a dip in the pool is because the amount of chlorine in each pool is difference, which makes every dip a gamble – especially if you’re blonde.
“If you don’t have an option, wash your hair immediately after with something nourishing – products that include Moroccan oil are a good option,” says Volanakis, and recommends if you’re swimming frequently this season, change up your hair products.
“I recommend using something that doesn’t strip your hair of its natural oils, which has natural oils included. These can counteract the damaging effects pool chemicals have on your hair,” she says, noting that the salt in the sea isn’t really that damaging, comparatively.
“Sea salt, being a natural mineral, is harsh on your hair in large doses but doesn’t have the bleaching or chemical agents chlorine has, although wherever you are – you have to be mindful that, in summer, the sun can damage our hair,” even if you aren’t swimming.
“The sun’s rays are strong (as we all know, living in Australia!) and can cause dryness and damage to your hair in excess, so whatever you’re doing, wear a hat! The sun can also severely damage your skin and scalp. I’ve had clients with moles on their scalps that they didn’t even know they had, which is really scary.”
“Wear a hat, wear sunscreen and every time you swim, wash your hair and regularly apply hair masks this season. A moisturizing mask once a week and a bond builder once a week – like Olaplex – for 20 minutes can really help keep your dye job in check.”
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