I love to swim. I hate what the chlorine does to my hair. I don't even color my hair, a rare thing in a woman, I know. Imagine how much more angst chlorine causes a woman who does color her hair.
Today I learned that dry, crunchy swimmer's hair is caused when chlorine reacts with the sebum and oils that protect your hair. I also learned you can buy shampoos especially formulated to release the chlorine. My Triswim shampoo and conditioner should be arriving at my door any day. Goodbye chlorine hair!
Just in time for the Olympics, too. I can now watch the swimming events without wondering how the swimmers keep their hair from falling out.
Our Guide to Chemistry, Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D., can teach you more about the perils of exposing your hair to swimming pools: What Causes Swimmer's Hair. Thanks, Anne!
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