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Hair dye and swimming - April 22nd 2016, 06:30 PM

A couple of weeks ago I made an appointment at a salon to get my hair done. However I recently took up swimming as a form of low-impact exercise, which is good for an injury I have. I've been swimming almost every day. I'm really afraid as to how it's going to affect my color. How soon can I go swimming and how can I protect my hair? I already wear a swimming cap but my hair still gets wet anyway so I guess I am not putting it on right. I don't want to spend lots of money only to have the color get ruined. Any tips or suggestions?

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Re: Hair dye and swimming - April 22nd 2016, 06:53 PM

I don't necessarily dye my hair, but my friend does and she teaches me a lot about it because it interests me. When she dyed her hair, she waited a week to go swimming. But it all depends really on what product you use for your hair dye, she uses just stuff in a box instead of going to a salon and her hair still turns out really nice. And I believe the swimming cap should help a little bit.

I hear people use dry shampoo every once in a while so it doesn't fade so quickly, but I heard its not best for every hair type, but it might be worth a try if you swim a lot because no matter what, the more you get in water, the more dye washes out or fades, at least from what I have noticed. (Again, I can't speak from personal experience.)

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Re: Hair dye and swimming - April 23rd 2016, 11:55 PM


I dye my hair every 6-8 weeks and go swimming when I'm on holiday with my parents in the summer. (I say swimming, I tend to sit and read on the side of the pool and then just go down the slides and stuff with them )
I try to tie my hair up high and keep it out of the water, mostly because for a few weeks after I dye my hair, it colours the water when it gets wet so I don't want to have a trail of dyed water behind me. If that's not possible then I'd suggest using a swimming cap and also putting vaseline round the edges because it can be a good barrier for most things.

I'm not sure how well this would work, but I have a problem with chlorine making my hair really weird so I needed a way to stop it getting into my hair so much. What I did was go into the shower after I got changed into my costume, get my hair really wet, put a little bit of conditioner in it, and then plait (braid?) it. It really made a difference, the conditioner stopped the chlorine from making my hair feel weird, so if it's the chemicals in the water you're worried about, that might help.

If all else fails, this article looks pretty useful. Good luck!!

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