Now that it's officially warm weather season, it's pretty easy to understand why one of the first things that comes to mind when trying to beat the heat is taking a dip in the pool. But even though a swim is always refreshing, sometimes pool water can be more damaging to your hair than you think.
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Post-swim, you might be inclined to reach for a clarifying shampoo, but you should steer clear. “A clarifying shampoo will exacerbate the dehydrating effects of chlorine and will not effectively remove the mineral deposits,” says Cincotta. A chelating shampoo is a better choice, as it will target hard-water minerals and chemicals, like chlorine. For regular use, the secret to keeping your summer hair healthy while splashing around? A hydrating shampoo, which will wash out the chlorine while restoring moisture.
Here, some expert-approved options for your next pool day.