How to Protect your Hair While Swimming

How to Protect your Hair While Swimming

December 14, 2018

How to Protect your Hair While Swimming

In a previous blog post, we discussed how you can wear Endless Hair Extensions while working out. In this blog post, we’re going to dive deeper (no pun intended) and talk about how you can protect your hair while swimming. Even if you don’t work out, these tips and routines are still helpful for going to the beach or lake if that’s your thing. Whatever your hair routine is - heavily or minimally processed - it’s important to understand your hair type to best care for it before, during, and after swimming. Let’s jump right into this.

While each hair type needs its own individual routine and treatment, exposure to chlorine, fresh water, and salt water can do some serious damage if you’re not careful. We hope this detailed guide will help you best care for your hair in different water types and know what to do if you’ve damaged your hair already while swimming and/or what to do after a dip to keep your hair looking and feeling beautiful.

What does Salt Water do to your Hair?

When your hair is well-hydrated, everything’s perfect: it’s easy to manage and looks great, the two ideal qualities you want for your hair. The thing is, too much salt water (after a long day at the beach) will actually draw the water out of your scalp and hair and leave it rough and dehydrated so your hair is parched, frizzy and untameable. This is even truer if your hair is dyed or processed. When your hair is exposed to salt water for an extended period of time, the loss of moisture leads to flaky scalps, split ends, and breakage. Dry and brittle hair, as we all know, is very difficult to brush and style. 

What does Chlorine do to your Hair?

Since chlorine is one of the harshest chemicals your hair can come in contact with, you should always take steps to protect your hair from chlorinated water to avoid damage. It’s essential that you take the right steps before, during and after taking a swim in chlorine as it can wreck even the healthiest of hair.

When your hair is exposed to chlorine, it’s stripped of its natural oils and can break the protective cuticles which cause parched, brittle hair that is a target for split ends and breakage. Unfortunately, your scalp can also be affected by chlorine and can cause irritation by stripping it of its natural oils resulting in dryness and dandruff.

If you’re one to process your hair, even if it’s just highlights, covering your greys, or using hot tools, you need to be careful because chlorine will speed up fading and strips away hair color resulting in a dull, lifeless mane. If you swim regularly, you’ll know that pool water is known for turning your blonde hair green so it’s important to care for your hair a little extra after getting out of the water.   

What does Fresh Water do to your Hair?

Unsurprisingly, fresh water is the best and safest water that your hair can come in contact with as it’s considered “soft water” and is naturally occurring. Not only that but fresh water contains lower levels of calcium and magnesium, making your hair less susceptible to damage.

What about Hard Water?

When fresh water has a high mineral content, it’s considered “hard water” and can leave behind a buildup of film causing your hair to look dull, cause discoloration, and distort the texture making it hard to brush and style. Lakes and even showers can have hard water. Hard water can act like salt water and chlorine and irritate your skin and dry out your scalp so it becomes itchy, and flaky. It’s a good idea to know the best routine for your hair type in relation to the water you’re using to wash your hair with. Knowing that hard water can really wreck your hair, it’s crucial that you use the right products so you can keep your hair looking and feeling beautiful even after taking a dip.

Now that we’ve covered the different water types and the damage they can cause and why, let’s talk about some hair care tips to keep your hair healthy before, during, and after swimming.

Before the Swim:

Tip #1: Don’t use Hot Tools as Much

Even if you’re not swimming, this is a great practice to follow to avoid damaging or stressing your hair out. If you’ve spent a few hours in the water, and exposed your hair to UV rays and repeatedly washed your hair afterwards, using hot tool only increases any damage to your hair. If you’re bent on using hot tools, invest in a good heat protectant. 

Tip #2: Use Chlorine Hair Protection Products

Use leave-in products formulated for swimmers to get UV protection, replenish your hair with moisture, and help guard against discoloration and fading. Apply some in your hair before taking a swim in the pool or ocean.  

During the Swim:

Tip #1: Cover your Hair

For the best protection, you can always wear a swimmer’s cap (you can find stylish ones don’t worry) when you swim to avoid having your hair coming in contact with any water. If you don’t want to use a swim cap, we recommend at the very least to tie your hair up to get as very little water contact as possible.

Tip #2: Rinse your Hair

If you can’t bear wearing a swim cap, rinse your hair quickly before and right after you get out of the water to guard against the water stripping your hair of moisture. Then, re-apply a leave-in treatment after rinsing off and before going back to swim.

After the Swim:

Tip #1: Opt for a Soft Cloth to Dry your Hair

While your natural inclination might be to jump out of the pool and begin drying your hair off with the nearest beach towel, the materials of these towels are rough. It’s best, then, to use a soft t-shirt or microfibre cloth instead and simply pat your hair dry after a swim.  

Tip #2: Don’t brush your Hair Right Afterwards

You might be inclined to brush your hair right after drying it as well. It’s best to avoid doing this too unless a beachy look is intended because wet hair is more prone to breakage and brushing through it while wet puts tension on the hair strands, causing more breakage. Wait a few minutes for your hair to dry in the sun before brushing through it with a wide tooth comb.  

Tip #3: Apply a Deep Conditioning Hair Mask

The biggest asset you have for protecting your hair is moisture and funnily enough, when you’re in the water, the moisture and nutrients are being sucked out of your hair so that it becomes thirsty and lifeless which is why you need replenishing. DIY hair masks, leave in conditioners, and hair oils are all great ways to give your hair a jump-start. Apply jojoba oil, olive oil, or Coconut Oil all over your hair, comb oil through, then tie it in a top knot. Leave the oil treatment in for 20-30 minutes or let it sit overnight for an extra surge of moisture before washing your hair normally the next morning.

You can also give your hair extra moisture while in the shower. Apply a little extra conditioner to your ends but don’t rinse it out right away and instead let it sit an extra 10-15 minutes before washing it out in cold water to seal the hair cuticles and decrease frizz and add shine.

While the above information is a lot to take in, try and slowly implement these hair care tips and regimens until it’s fully part of your daily hair routine and your hair looks and feel beautiful all year round in and out of the water!

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FREE standard domestic shipping (3-5 business days) and calculated worldwide shipping offered. Your Endless Hair Extensions are shipped from our warehouse located in Florida. 

You also have the option of picking priced USPS Priority Mail, UPS® Ground, USPS Priority Mail Express, UPS Next Day Air Saver®, UPS Next Day Air®, and UPS Next Day Air® Early

It will take 1 business days to process your order, regardless of the shipping option selected at checkout. We ship Monday through Saturday, excluding Sundays and holidays. We cannot guarantee Saturday delivery, even if your shipping is upgraded to express. You will receive a confirmation e-mail with the tracking link once your order ships.

Please note that if an inaccurate or incomplete address(es) are provided, or if there are unverified details with your order, it potentially will delay processing by an additional 1-2 business days. Please be sure to double check your shipping and billing information prior to checking out to ensure any possible delays are avoided. 

Your package will not require a signature unless asked to. Most packages will be delivered to the mailbox or front door of the address provided. It's up to the delivery courier to decide if the package is safe being left in the open. If they decide it is unsafe, they will hold the package at a local post office or re-schedule another delivery. Our best recommendation is to input a shipping address where you know your or someone else will be available to accept the package (a work address or a friend's address).

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You will receive a confirmation e-mail once your order has been processed to the e-mail address provided at the time of checkout, which can take up to 48 hours. You will receive a second e-mail once your order has shipped, which will include your tracking number and a link to follow the journey of your package. If there is a problem with your tracking number or package delivery, please contact the courier directly prior to contacting us. Please allow 1 - 4 days for the tracking information to show. In some rare case, the tracking information may not update but you will still receive your order. Please contact us after the estimated delivery time.

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International customers (outside of the United States) are responsible to pay any applicable inbound duties, taxes, and any other fees which your local Customs authority deems appropriate. These fees are paid to your local carrier or government and are not collected by Endless Hair Extensions, and thus cannot be refunded. 

We ship international packages DDU (duties and taxes unpaid), meaning that these fees are not included in the price of the goods you purchase from our website. All applicable fees must be paid by the recipient in order to receive the parcel. As we are unable to advise the amount of what these fees might be, we recommend contacting your country's customs office or tax agent for respective charges and rates on a package coming outside of your country.

Please note that DHL pays on your behalf for any duties and taxes that are due on the goods, as soon they enter the country. This simple process ensures that the courier can deliver your package in shortest possible transit time. The goods are released to you only upon the full repayment of any duties and taxes that were paid on your behalf. On some occasions, you may receive an invoice from DHL after the delivery of goods, for the charges they have paid on your behalf at the destination, plus a small administration fee. 

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It is the responsibility of the buyer to make sure that she or he enters the shipping address correctly. We do our best to speed up processing and shipping times, hence there is a very small time gap to cancel/change your order or to change the address of your order. If you decide to cancel your order or change your shipping address, please write to us at info@endlesshairextensions.com as soon as you place your order. We will do our best to make the change, however, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so, as there are varying time limits in which we are able to do so.

If it's too late for our team to cancel your order, you can return your order to us once you've received it. For more information on how to return your order click here. The only thing we can do is wait to see if the package gets returned back to us. If it does get returned back to our warehouse, we can then ship it to the correct address or provide you with a full refund.

Extra Shipping Charges: If you upgraded your shipping and the package was returned to us due to an incorrect address and if you would like a refund, you will not be reimbursed for the upgraded shipping fees.

RETURNS AND EXCHANGES

MAY I RETURN OR EXCHANGE MY ENDLESS HAIR EXTENSIONS?

Yes! We are happy to accept your set back for an exchange or refund within 60 days, as long as they haven't been worn or altered or installed. Please read our Return Policy and then e-mail info@endlesshairextensions.com when you are ready to proceed with your return or exchange. You must contact us prior to sending your return to obtain an RMA number and confirmation of such a return or exchange. Please note that refunds for extensions returned without contacting us cannot be guaranteed.

DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR THE SHIPPING OF MY RETURN OR EXCAHNGE?

Yes, customers wishing to return or exchange their extensions will be responsible for all return shipping costs. We recommend that you send your return with a tracking option because Endless Hair Extensions will not be responsible for lost packages. Note: please indicate "RETURN, NO DUTIES" on the package, otherwise the package may be returned to you.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY EXCHANGE?

We will send you the different extension(s) after we have received, inspected and confirmed that the returned hair extension(s) were not worn or altered. All customers must contact us after sending the package back and provide us with the tracking information of the set being sent back, in order for us to place the order for your exchange. It takes 1 business day to process all orders from the moment we place it in our system. US orders take 3-5 business days to be delivered with standard free shipping, and international orders may take anywhere from 6-20 business days. For more shipping details, please click here.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY REFUND?

A full refund will be provided to the original method of payment after we have received, inspected and confirmed that the returned hair extensions were not worn or altered. All customers must contact us after sending the package back and provide us with the tracking information in order for us to process the refund. Note: most financial institutions will take an average of 3-5 business days to process the refund, however, it could take longer. Please allow up to 7 business days for your financial institution to reflect the refund on your statement prior to contacting us. For more information, we recommend contacting your credit card provider.

HOW DO I INITIATE A RETURN OR EXCHANGE?

We're sorry to hear your Endless Hair Extensions were not a good match! In order to initiate a return or exchange, please e-mail info@endlesshairextension.com with your order number and the following information, and we'll be happy to provide you with our return address and an RMA label if you qualify for a return. 1. Please read about our refund policy here or our exchange policy here. 2. By purchasing our product(s), you by default agree to our refund/exchange policy and guarantee that the item has not been worn or altered. Please e-mail us and copy/paste the following statement: "I, (insert your full name), agree to the Endless Hair Extensions refund/exchange policy and understand if Endless Hair Extensions finds that the item has been worn or altered, I will not receive a refund, and I will have to pay the needed shipping fees in order to get my worn or altered item back." Also, if you have any feedback as to why you are returning your set - we'd love to hear it! Customer feedback is what helps our company learn and grow.

WHAT IS THE RETURN/EXCHANGE PERIOD?

We will provide a full refund or exchange on unworn and unaltered hair extensions within 60 days of the date that you receive your Endless Hair Extensions.

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If you have previously experienced lost or stolen packages where you reside, we encourage you to instead have your package delivered to a work address to ensure that you receive it safe and sound. 

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Please note that Endless Hair Extensions charges state sales where applicable at the rate applicable for the county of the purchaser. These collected taxes are mandated by the local state governments and Endless Hair Extensions in no way benefits from this and directly pays this amount collected to the state.

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Please note that Endless Hair Extensions charges a 20% VAT on all orders shipped to a country within the European Union (EU). These collected taxes are mandated by the Dutch government and Endless Hair Extensions in no way benefits from this and directly pays this amount collected to the government. 

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We do ship to military addresses. All mail is shipped via USPS to a military base who is then responsible for delivering the package to your final destination. For military orders, delivery times can be upwards of 15-20 business days. 

At check-out, please select United States as the country, and in the state drop-down menu, you will have the option to select one of the following: Armed Forces America, Armed Forces Europe, or Armed Forces Pacific.