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Question #92957 posted on 03/01/2020 2:42 p.m.
Q:

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.

A:

Dear marlin,

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.

Suerte,

--Ardilla Feroz

A:

Dear Nemo,

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.

A:

Dear Fishy, 

  • 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. 

Cheers, 

Guesthouse

A:

Dear Aziraphale,

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.

~Anathema