Q: I have wavy/sort of frizzy hair! I would like to get it permanently straightened (or what ever you call it) but I go
swimming a lot in the summer. Would it fry my hair with all the chemicals that would be in the pool and in my hair?
A: The potential interaction between a straightening process and chlorinated pool water depends largely on the type of straightening
that is done. Hydroxide relaxers and thio-straighteners both leave the hair more porous than it was before and therefore absorb more
moisture. When exposed to chlorinated water from swimming pools, etc. the hair will soak up the chlorinated water which can further dry out the hair.
Thermal restructuring contracts the cuticle layer of the hair as a part of the process of
straightening. This makes the hair resistant to water, and less apt to soak up chlorination. Just remember to talk to the professional
about your specific habits before you have such an expensive process done, in case the particular brand of straightening chemicals used
by your chosen salon have additional interaction warnings with such chemicals as chlorine from pools.
If you do opt for a straightening service, you should know that the best course of action is to
rinse your hair with clean water after exiting the pool and use a conditioner to soothe and protect the hair after each time you go swimming.