Summer is about having fun and taking a load off from school, work, or just from the cold. We are all ready to get our feet wet in the ocean or more so in the pools. Yes, we are more apt to getting into pools during the summer and while that’s fun, it’s harsh on our curls, coils, and waves. The main culprit…chlorine.
“Chlorine is the chemical most often used to keep swimming pools and jacuzzis free of bacteria that can be hazardous to humans. Chlorine kills bacteria through a fairly simple chemical reaction.” –How Stuff Works
Chlorine keeps water’s pH level between 7 and 8 with an optimal level of 7.4. That is the pH level of human tears. Despite such levels that would seem great for humans, chlorine can be extremely harsh for our hair. Chlorine is overly drying (hence most of us are super ashy when we get out of the pool), and it has the sneaky habit of stripping our hair of its natural oils. It literally dissolves the oils that keep our cuticle layers together.
See the rest of my article (and my Curly Summer series) at Naturallycurly.com