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How to Protect Semi-Permanent Color at the Pool

Pools are finally open again and chances are, you’re ready to have some fun in the hot summer sun. But before you throw on that new swimsuit, read these easy steps to help protect your semi-permanent color and minimize damage from chlorine. Let’s dive in! 

Step 1. Rinse Off 

Rinse off before swimming to protect hair color

Following basic pool protocol is good for a lot of reasons. But hitting the showers before you hit the pool actually helps prolong the life of your hair color too! Saturating your mane with clean water makes it harder for chlorine, salt, and other damaging chemicals to permeate your strands, strip away your shade or turn blonde hair chlorine green.

Step 2. Oil It Up

Apply protective oil to hair to protect from chlorine

Grab a protective hair oil (coconut, argan or camellia will do) and apply a light layer of it to your freshly-rinsed strands, taking an extra minute to focus on dry or damaged ends. Doing this will create a protective barrier between your strands and the pool or salt water.

Step 3. Take 5

Step 3: let oil soak for 5 minutes

Give the oil about 5 minutes to soak in. While you’re waiting, grab that waterproof sunblock and slather it on to protect your skin. 

Step 4: Top It Off 

Protect hair with oVertone Bucket Hat

Throw on that adorable dad hat, baseball cap or this amazing oVertone Bucket Hat to protect your mane from color-zapping UV rays. Bonus: you’ll look super cute while also protecting your eyes and face.

Step 5: Stay Hydrated

Hydrate hair when at the pool to protect color

If you’re hanging at the pool all day long, make sure you check in on your hair periodically!  If it feels dry, apply a little more oil to your mane (and sunscreen to your body).

Step 6. Treat Your Strands to Some Post-Swim Love

Post-swim oVertone Remedy Hair Mask for hydration

When you’re done soaking up the sun, head straight to the shower and apply a nourishing hair mask or ultra-hydrating deep conditioning treatment (The Remedy anyone?) This will refresh your color, replenish moisture and repair any damage caused by chlorine, water, and UV rays. 

Step 7: Tone It Up

oVertone Pink Toning Conditioner removes green chlorine hair color

If chlorine has turned your blonde hair green, don’t panic. Reach for our Pink Toning Conditioner and read this blog to get all the info you need on removing unwanted undertones from your mane. 

Got your own color-saving tips? Share ‘em with community by dropping them in the comments.

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6 comments on “How to Protect Semi-Permanent Color at the Pool”

  • Kayla says:

    Can you still swim with it in?

  • Alee says:

    It’s totally safe to go swimming with oVertone, in the pool and in the ocean! But we do recommend taking a few extra steps to make sure your color stays bright and mermaid-y. A great tip is to create a barrier by applying your favorite hair oil to your strands before diving in!

  • Kati says:

    I am absolutely loving your blog! Super informative 🙂
    As a person who loves colouring her hair AND swimming, I’ve had to sacrifice one for the other. Gonna try out these tips this summer.
    But before that, thinking I’m going to take the plunge and order some products!

    Stay Awesome.

  • Maddie says:

    Are their any other ways to protect it, I can’t use oil because I have to wear a swim cap during practice and the oil would make it fall off

  • Alee says:

    Hey Maddie! For the best advice, get with our Color Consultants at – they’ll be able to help out!

  • Staci Davis says:

    Thanks so much for the swimming tips. I had no idea! Just in time for 4th of July cannonballs!! 🧨💥🇺🇸🏊

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