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keeping no-‘poo hair safe from chlorine & salt water

welcome back to NO-‘POO WEEK!! it’s technically day 5 and we missed a day yesterday, so today we will have DOUBLE the posts!

first up today – how to keep your no-‘poo (& regular -‘poo hair) safe from chlorine & salt water.
ah, to be no-‘poo and free! but not worry-free, of course. with summer here, how do you keep your no-‘poo hair safe from pools and oceans? never fear!

how to keep hair safe from chlorine and salt water

it’s all about keeping your hair safe from the chemicals in pools & drying effects of both pools & oceans. salt water is much, much easier to deal with, because it’s simply drying… as opposed to the chemical-laden swimming pools and the damage they can do to hair!

SALT WATER

  • swim cap (best option while in the water)
  • soak your hair with regular water beforehand
  • saturate your locks with a silicone-free (& other ‘bad’ chemical-free) natural or organic conditioner (OR your favorite carrier oil if you aren’t a no-‘poo-er)
  • rinse with regular water very well immediately after leaving the ocean/sea/etc. (usually no need to wash since the salt is drying on hair & scalp)
  • deep condition to put moisture back into your hair that the salt water took out

CHLORINE

  • swim cap (best option while in the water)
  • soak your hair with regular water beforehand
  • saturate your locks with a silicone-free (& other ‘bad’ chemical-free) natural or organic conditioner (OR your favorite carrier oil if you aren’t a no-‘poo-er)
  • rinse very well with regular water immediately after getting out of the pool
  • * after the water rinse, rinse with vitamin c (mix either powdered vitamin c/vitamin c crystals or crushed chewable tablet in a cup or two of water. powdered/crystals are usually cheaper in health food stores, like trader joes). you should mix 1 teaspoon of vitamin c for every cup of water you’ll need, depending on length and thickness of hair)
  • * after the water rinse, rinse with plain club soda (straight OR mixed with vitamin c OR mixed with lemon juice- 1 tsp to 1 cup ratios)
  • * after the water rinse, rinse with your normal acv/water mix (from scalp to ends!)
  • * after the water rinse, apply tomato paste all over your hair (straight from a can. make sure it’s not crazy with sugars and preservatives). let it sit for 20-30 minutes and rinse (very time consuming, but works!).
  • ** if you can, it’s best to wash & condition immediately after leaving the pool. i know that’s not always possible! that’s why we have a few rinses to do instead πŸ™‚
  • *** you should also consider putting the hair rinse all over your body, too. the rinses can combat the chlorine all over; not just your hair!

we can talk about chlorine and swimming pools at a later date… maybe in the next TnT?

any tips & tricks i missed? any you’ve used? lemme know!

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33 thoughts on “keeping no-‘poo hair safe from chlorine & salt water

  1. Great tips, thanks πŸ™‚
    I’ve been no poo for 6 months now. I have very long, thick hair.
    I started out with the bicarbonate of soda/cider vinegar routine, and it was great initially but after a while started to get a very itchy scalp – research told me it was probably the sudden swing in ph causing this so I stopped with the vinegar first. I gradually weakened the bicarbonate solution further and further over time and now I’m on water only! Use a natural bristle brush to keep the natural oils distributed and my hair’s looking great (people I tell are generally amazed I don’t use anything but water on my hair, “you’d never guess by looking” is the usual reaction).
    I can be a bit lazy (OK, very lazy) with beauty routines (part of the reason to go ‘natural’ I say!) so I don’t brush everyday (or even rinse it every day!) but it’s still in better shape than it was with shampoos and conditioners – in fact, when using shampoo I couldn’t get a comb through without lashings of good conditioner afterwards, now it combs through so easily it’s still a surprise to me! (Wood comb, no plastic = no frizz!)
    Will be venturing back to the pool very soon (I was too worried about the chlorine undoing all the good work previously!) and trying out the tips above..
    I’ll let you know how it goes πŸ™‚

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