Will Chlorine Damage My Hair Extensions?
With Spring and Summer coming in full effect, this is the perfect blog for information on swimming with weave and how to care for your extensions after being exposed to chlorine. The first thing you should know is, you don’t have to be afraid to get your sew-in wet. After reading this blog you can jump head first into the pool with no fear of damaging your weave. You can enjoy wearing extensions in the summer with a little additional maintenance, but the summer fun is well worth the additional time and effort.
It is possible for chlorine to damage hair extensions, but this would only happen if the chlorine levels in the water are extremely high. Normally, if the pool has just been treated and you can smell a harsh or strong chlorine smell, I would wait a couple of hours before jumping into the pool. If you have just recently colored your extensions I would suggest waiting for one to two full week before swimming in chlorine. Bleaching your hair bundles and swimming in chlorine-based water could alter the color of your extensions. Hair extensions and chlorine can co-exist if done in moderation and aftercare steps are followed soon after swimming. Caring for hair extension after being exposed to chlorine is very important because chlorine drains the hydration from hair so following the proper hair care step is necessary.
Knowing how to care for your weave after swimming in chlorine is important to know before diving into the pool. The aftercare process for your weave when swimming in chlorine is required to avoid damaging your extensions. Never allow chlorine to remain in your extensions or natural hair overnight. Leaving chlorine in your hair for a long period of time could cause irreparable dryness and color alteration.
You should always raise the chlorine out of your hair right after swimming. Next, wash your extensions and natural hair under you install with shampoo. If you are washing chlorine from your extensions avoid using a shampoo that dehydrates the hair since chlorine drains the natural oils from your weave. After washing your hair with shampoo apply conditioner and allow it to rest for ten to fifteen minutes then raise with cool water. Once you have washed your weave and scalp thoroughly, towel dry your extensions. Apply a leave-in conditioner to your extensions while the hair is still damp. Remove any tangles with a large tooth comb starting from the bottom of the extension working your way to the track of the extension. Allow your hair weave to air dry and ensure your braids under the install is completely dry as well. After the extensions have air dyed apply a small amount of lightweight oil such as natural coconut oil to your extensions and scalp. Now you are able to style your hair as desired.