Dear 100 Hour Board,
I'm taking a swimming class, and trying to become a swimmer. I really enjoy it, but I do hate the chlorine, or at least its after-effects: the pervasive smell that lasts all day, the dry skin, the frizzy hair (I know it's not as bad for us guys, but still). It's a war I feel like I'm losing, even with the soap and shampoo I've brought to shower with. Do you have any good thoughts on how to deal with the chlorine?
-Fish, currently out of water.
Swimmer here. I actually really liked getting hair damage from swimming--my hair turned a near-metallic silver, and soft as a rabbit--but in general with swimming things I wholeheartedly recommend actual swim shops, who know what they're doing. I'd recommend going to Poco Loco Swim Shop over at 1774 N University Pkwy #12 and getting one of their chlorine-neutralizing sprays (SwimSpray, perhaps), which they have in stock and should run about $7-10 and work for both your hair and body. If you'd prefer to purchase something online or at Wal-Mart, I stopped in my Salt Lake swim shop yesterday and they like UltraSwim chlorine removal products.
The easiest way would be stay out of the water. You know another benefit of staying out of the water? You won't drown.
I hope that helps!
-Sunday Night Banter
This is advice I live by. I can't swim and am okay with that fact.
- I have read and heard that you can use specific chlorine-neutralizing hair products to help.
- Get real friendly with lotion. I also love coconut oil as a moisturizer, it might help protect your skin from the drying effects of chlorine water as well (plus it smells great).
- Drink a lot of water.
- Wear a swim cap to protect your hair.
- Use hydrating shampoo and argan oil to fight frizziness and protect your hair and give it a bit more moisture.
My cousin did swim team all through high school and so I reached out to her for how she dealt with chlorine after effects. Apparently cetaphil moisturizing cream was her go-to for taking care of her skin. For hair, she always used a swim cap, and avoiding showering more than once a day to minimize damage.