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Swimalison
April 2nd, 2009, 06:36 AM
HELP!:drown:
The chlorine is really doing my hair in. And I've tried it all...Always rinsing hair before getting in water and putting a conditioner on before. Also, I always wash with chlorine removing shampoo afterwards...
However, my hair still is so dry. Also I pay crap loads of money to have it colored and my blondish color hair is just turning an ugly, dull brassy color. EWWWWW!

Can anyone recommmend a really good pre swim treatment for the hair?
Come on...I know not all of you have a rat's nest on your head!!!hehe:joker:

hnatkin
April 2nd, 2009, 10:26 AM
Don't know about pretreatments, but try California Baby Swimmer's Defense. You have to order it online (you can get their regular baby shampoo in Target and WholeFoods, though, and I've heard that's also pretty good)

http://www.cbnaturalliving.com/product_focus.html

want2beafish
April 2nd, 2009, 10:35 AM
You might try an after shampoo treatment. I stumbled upon a product called "ReSami" in a swim magazine once. It's expensive -- $21 for 30 capsules -- but I have noticed a definite difference in my hair texture since using it. My daughter is an age group swimmer with very long hair, and her hair looks great; it's not dry and stays shiny. I buy mine here: http://www.salonweb.com/resami/capsules.htm My hairdresser swears by a leave-in silicone based spray: http://www.sleekhair.com/8604.html I use this as well, and it's good, but I think ReSami is superior. Good luck!

*Edited to add that the silicon based products are supposed to protect the hair during your next swim, so they may help to protect your color.

orca1946
April 2nd, 2009, 11:29 AM
Wearing a cap will keep it from the bad stuff much better

ALM
April 2nd, 2009, 09:54 PM
Good news: I know of a great pre-swim product.

Bad news: I'm not sure they make it any more.

The product is Redken Sun Shape Swim Cream. I have a 5-ounce bottle here; the UPC code is 4387703890.

This stuff is great. In the summer we swim outdoors and the water temperature can get close to 90 degrees. When that happens I use a Lycra cap, which lets the water through. I can put this stuff on before I swim, do a 90-minute workout, and it's still in my hair afterward.

I haven't seen it at my salon recently and I don't see it on the Redken web site. I do see a bottle on Ebay, here:

http://cgi.ebay.com/REDKEN-SUN-SHAPE-SWIM-CREAM-FOR-SUN-%26-SPORT-5oz_W0QQitemZ330308946435QQcmdZViewItem

Bobinator
April 3rd, 2009, 12:20 AM
hi!
i don't have a pre-treatment however a good weekly (cheap) chlorine removal treatment is to massage a 6 oz can of tomato paste into the length of your hair/roots. Wrap the whole mess in a plastic bag or saran wrap. Sit in a warm area for about 8 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and wash with shampoo. This makes hair soft, shiny, and takes the green swimmer look away....I'm not kidding!

Swimalison
April 3rd, 2009, 06:43 PM
Good news: I know of a great pre-swim product.

Bad news: I'm not sure they make it any more.

The product is Redken Sun Shape Swim Cream. I have a 5-ounce bottle here; the UPC code is 4387703890.

This stuff is great. In the summer we swim outdoors and the water temperature can get close to 90 degrees. When that happens I use a Lycra cap, which lets the water through. I can put this stuff on before I swim, do a 90-minute workout, and it's still in my hair afterward.

I haven't seen it at my salon recently and I don't see it on the Redken web site. I do see a bottle on Ebay, here:

http://cgi.ebay.com/REDKEN-SUN-SHAPE-SWIM-CREAM-FOR-SUN-%26-SPORT-5oz_W0QQitemZ330308946435QQcmdZViewItem

Funny you mentioned this. I have used this before and just found some for blonde hair on Ebay for .99 cent!! Whoo hoo. I'm desperate. My hair just turns the funniest colors!

nkfrench
April 3rd, 2009, 08:32 PM
hi!
i don't have a pre-treatment however a good weekly (cheap) chlorine removal treatment is to massage a 6 oz can of tomato paste into the length of your hair/roots. Wrap the whole mess in a plastic bag or saran wrap. Sit in a warm area for about 8 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and wash with shampoo. This makes hair soft, shiny, and takes the green swimmer look away....I'm not kidding!

Interesting. I had heard of tomato juice being a treatment for de-stinkifying after getting "skunked". I've also heard that it is the copper content in water that accounts for most of the greenish tint swimmer hair picks up.

Me - I gave up on Lady Clairol and keep my hair cut short. I have plenty of other battles to fight besides stressing about my hair.

cathykohn
April 6th, 2009, 02:53 PM
My hairstylist told me some time ago that I should get my hair wet with plain water first before getting into the pool, because your hair will be unable to absorb the chlorinated water if it has already absorbed clear water. It seems to keep my hair in pretty good shape to follow this advice.

stillwater
April 6th, 2009, 02:54 PM
I wish I still had hair. On my head.

lapswimmr
April 6th, 2009, 09:42 PM
Double cap a couple days a week to keep more chlorine out , Wet hair first condition and cap on the other days. On race days race and dont worry.

Double capping idea for really dry hair and it works.

http://www.geocities.com/lapswimr/teamswimcaps.html

CAZ99
April 22nd, 2009, 10:08 PM
I found Morrocan oil (all natural) in a barber shop in LA. it is the best thing that prevents the chlorine from even getting in my hair for an hour practice. Cant tell you where else to get it though. If in LA, write me back and ill find the name of the shop.
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craiglll@yahoo.com
April 23rd, 2009, 01:06 PM
There is only one product to use. It is Infusion leave in spray. Most people have no clue I swim. My hair is as soft as a baby's hair. It shines because it is healthy. this stuff works better than any other product and it is cheap.

CAZ99
April 23rd, 2009, 01:37 PM
I have to second that above post, Infusion works just as well as the oil. It's good for a deterrent.

swim4me
April 23rd, 2009, 06:19 PM
I have long hair. As a teenage swimmer, the beauty shop people would always use my hair as an example of what chlorine did to blond hair. Since I started swimming again two years ago after a 25 year hiatus, I put conditioner in my hair before swimming and it kept it from getting real dry, but my cap would always slip off. One day, I was out of conditioner and had heard that olive oil made for a good hair conditioner (it is similar to natural hair oil). I have been using it ever since and now my hairdresser recommends it to others after seeing the good condition my hair is in now. The heat from the workout makes the oil penetrate my hair while I swim. After swim, I add shampoo and rub it in without extra water and then rinse it all out. :fish2:

ALM
April 23rd, 2009, 11:40 PM
Well, according to this article, shampoo is not the way to go...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30337386/



Andrea Lynch can’t exactly remember the last time she shampooed her hair. Maybe it was last summer? No, more like September. She thinks.

For most Americans, the idea of skipping shampoo for even a day is enough to make us feel a little itchy. But some hair stylists and dermatologists say going a few extra days between shampoos — or ditching the stuff entirely — could actually benefit your tresses.

It's a bit counterintuitive, but those who've tried it are quick to brag about the improved condition of their hair. "I'm thrilled with it; my hair's very shiny and it's just thick," says 34-year-old Lynch, who lives in South Vienna, Ohio.




“When you over-shampoo your hair, your hair is over-secreting oil in order to survive,” says Lorraine Massey, co-owner of Devachan Salon in New York and creator of the No Poo conditioning cleanser. (It's been more than 20 years since Massey's last shampoo.)

Glider
April 24th, 2009, 01:33 AM
Gillette Atra:banana:

LonghornbackinTX
April 25th, 2009, 06:04 PM
Wet hair with water and put leave in conditioner in before putting on your cap.

FridayGrrl
April 26th, 2009, 09:43 AM
Burt's Bees Avocado Hair Butter saves my hair. Before getting in the pool, I wet my (curly, fine) hair in the shower, coat it with the Butter, then put my cap on. The chlorinated water never really gets to the hair. I have one long piece on the nape of my neck that always falls out of my cap, and it is a completely different color (silvery blonde) from the chlorine exposure-- that's how I know it works. The woman who cuts my hair does not believe that I swim every day.

SwimStud
April 28th, 2009, 11:46 AM
I've been using this and my hair is simply stunning! :D

http://www.malibuwellness.com/content/Cn_Hair_Solutions_Swimmers.aspx

Seriously it smells like creamsicle! There's shampoo, conditioner, and some sort of leave in solution, which my kid uses.

Iwannafly
November 27th, 2012, 07:52 AM
I've been using this and my hair is simply stunning! :D
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A creamsicle, Stud? Really? :bolt:

But seriously though, I have a problem after a very extended absence from the pool. I've let my hair grow out, and now I can't figure out how to get my hippie hair all IN the swim cap. I tried to swim today, but had to stop about every lap and a half to put my cap back on. I then tried to swim sans cap, but found it difficult to breathe with a mouth full of hair. :-( Any tips?

magick17
November 27th, 2012, 08:46 AM
Shower water

KatieK
November 27th, 2012, 10:27 AM
The chlorine removal shampoo shouldn't be used on colored hair. It strips color.

ourswimmer
November 27th, 2012, 03:27 PM
But seriously though, I have a problem after a very extended absence from the pool. I've let my hair grow out, and now I can't figure out how to get my hippie hair all IN the swim cap. I tried to swim today, but had to stop about every lap and a half to put my cap back on. I then tried to swim sans cap, but found it difficult to breathe with a mouth full of hair. :-( Any tips?

Rinsing your hair in the shower before you put the cap on does help. Better yet, put your hair in a ponytail or a braid under the cap.

ekw
November 27th, 2012, 04:02 PM
A creamsicle, Stud? Really? :bolt:

But seriously though, I have a problem after a very extended absence from the pool. I've let my hair grow out, and now I can't figure out how to get my hippie hair all IN the swim cap. I tried to swim today, but had to stop about every lap and a half to put my cap back on. I then tried to swim sans cap, but found it difficult to breathe with a mouth full of hair. :-( Any tips?

My hair isn't that long, but I had trouble with my cap coming off until I got a cap designed for long hair (Speedo Silicone Long Hair Cap). It stays on. I must just have a big head.

orca1946
November 27th, 2012, 06:59 PM
Olive oil ?? Isn't that for salads?? I'll try it anyhow !!