A common issue with chlorinated water is an increased feeling of dryness in your hair.

If you are regularly exposed to chlorinated water, this can cause damage and noticeable symptoms. With the recent change in our water here in Christchurch, it is quickly becoming apparent that the chlorine is affecting our bodies and hair. 

Hair builds up natural oils to keep your scalp & strands hydrated and moisturised. When you wash your hair, these oils are washed out, a natural cycle of clean and healthy scalps. But for some hair types, chlorine can interrupt this process. Chlorine is absorbed into your hair, which causes the hair cuticle to crack and, as a result, hair strands break off more frequently. Your hair will need a lot more moisture, with a mixture of regular protein as the chlorine is stripping this. 

People who colour their hair, especially with lightening or highlights, are highly likely to see changes, with increased dryness the most common. Those with thin, or already dry or damaged hair will likely notice a change too, with their hair perhaps becoming matter or getting that straw feeling.

Whilst you may not be able to prevent the issue, (unless you install a water filter at your home) there are ways to protect yourself. Hair needs to be treated to prevent reoccurring issues, and you need to be replacing the lost moisture from washing your hair, which is where conditioning after shampooing is key. We recommend using a moisture masque/ leave-in conditioner after towel drying your hair. When moisture & protein balance they will help repair the hair. 

If you find that your hair has a real build up on your scalp, as your scalp can become affected as well as your hair strands, a good trick is to use baking soda and apple cider vinegar to rinse through your hair, leaving for up to 5 minutes. Removing split ends also helps bring shine & softness back to the hair. Smooth your frizz, and seal the ends of your hair. 

And remember – have patience. Products and remedies will not give instant results, which means you have to regularly keep giving your hair what it is lacking to keep it healthy. We also recommend not washing your hair as often as you usually may, so as not to strip your hair’s nutrients.

If you’re still unsure, talk to your stylist who can recommend other solutions to help target your hair’s needs.