30 July 2021 (updated)

Detoxifying Kids Pool (and Beach) Hair

As much as we love our little swimmers, detoxifying kids' hair after too much chlorine or sand can challenge even the most seasoned parents. Here are some tips to keep their hair from turning green and chlorine-free after a long day of swimming.

While it can be tempting to let your kids use “whatever shampoo is left in the pool shower” after they swim, it's probably not going to really help you get all the chlorine or sand out of their systems. But with just a little effort and some good conditioner, you can transform your little swimmer's hair.  Best of all, this process doesn't have to be hard or expensive.

Detoxifying Kids Pool (and Beach) Hair

There are two types of parents – the ones who shower their children diligently after the pool, giving precise pool hair care, with a range of cleansing and conditioning products, and those who consider the pool to be the shower for the entire three months of summer. Chlorine kills germs! It has to kill dirt! And stimulate follicle growth!

I will not reveal which parent I am…just don’t look at my kid’s hair…  Though your eyes are strangely drawn to it because it’s green and crispy...

What Is a Hair Detoxifying Treatment?

A hair detox treatment deep cleanses and conditions the hair and scalp after the use of harsh chemicals over time. Most likely your kid’s hair is not suffering from the effects of color, perms, or relaxers, but chlorine is a harsh chemical that takes its toll on hair, so the same hair detox treatments can apply.

How Do I Detox My Kid’s Hair and Scalp?

There is a range of products available for a chlorine hair detox. You can spend quite a bit of money on shampoos and hair masks, but cheaper products exist as well. Just be careful about the chemicals. Inexpensive shampoos often used additional chemicals that could defeat the goals of the detoxifying kid’s hair.

Detoxifying kid’s hair is also possible with home remedies. Here are three suggestions for a deep cleanse, that will restore follicles, and soothe the scalp without chemicals:

1.) After swimming, dilute a tablespoon of baking soda with water and run it through your hair, creating your own clarifying shampoo.

2.) Mix two parts apple cider vinegar with one -part water and apply to your hair. Let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing. Enjoy that vinegar smell and then follow up with a conditioner!

3.) Bentonite clay has a mud-like consistency and when you mix 1 cup of clay with 1 cup of water and ½ cup of apple cider vinegar, it forms an all-natural hair mask to restore moisture when detoxifying kid’s hair.

Wait, But How Do I Get Sand out of My Kid’s Hair?

This was a new one for me, as I started to despair that each of my children had developed a strange and horrifying scalp condition, I realized, oh that’s beach sand. The outdoor shower at the beach house may not be providing the needed to remove hair sand after six hours of bodyboarding and being thrown by waves.

First, wash and rinse thoroughly. This might seem obvious, but the kid learning to bathe independently may need extra help when it comes to removing beach sand from the hair. After washing and towel drying – go through hair carefully with a fine-tooth comb. Do you own a quality lice comb from experiences you’d rather not remember? Even better! Carefully comb sand out of hair. This can be tedious work so if you feel you need extra help, wait until the hair is dry, grab some baby powder, spread generously onto hair and scalp, and then shampoo and rinse again.

Summer is time to let things go…if your kid’s hair was one of those things, detox with ease! No one wants scary hair, at least until Halloween.

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