How long should you wait to dye your hair after swimming? Two days…

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  • To dye your hair after swimming you should wait two days. And during those two days, rinse your hair with tap water at least every four hours, to remove the remaining chlorine and other chemicals from the chlorinated water.
  • If you’re going to bleach your hair after swimming, you should wait a week and wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner with keratin at least three times.


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 Have you ever been swimming at the pool, and wanted to know how long you should wait to dye your hair afterward? 


Well, it’s pretty clear.

If you’ve been swimming at the pool you should wait two days to dye your hair.

 You’ll also have to wait two days to apply hair dye if you’ve gone for a dip in the ocean./su_highlight]


Of course, active waiting is one thing and passive waiting is another.

What do I mean by that?


That if you went swimming today, and you want to dye your hair, you need to wait two days before applying the dye. But you will also have to take care of your hair during the wait.

How should you care for your hair? I’ll tell you about that below.


Why should you wait two days to dye your hair after swimming?

woman looking at the pool

Because both salt water and pool water contain chemicals that are unfortunately deposited on the hair, drying it out. And evidently, in your case, these chemicals have probably ruined the color of your hair. That’s why you feel that almost uncontrollable urge to dye it right away.


But my recommendation as a professional is that   you wait two days to dye it .


And during those two days, you should remove as much chlorine, minerals, and copper sulfate as possible from your hair fiber.

How can you remove these from your hair?

woman in the shower

It’s very simple.  You should rinse your hair with tap water to remove as much chlorine, salts, and minerals as possible before you dye your hair. 

Why shouldn’t you use shampoo?


Because most shampoos contain sulfates, which are detergents. If you wash your hair with shampoo, you will only detract more moisture and nutrients from your hair. And your hair has already suffered wear and tear from chlorine and the sun when you went swimming.


So, I propose you wait two days to dye your hair if you went swimming. This way, you’ll naturally detox your hair. And my advice is that  every two or three hours, wet your hair with warm tap water, letting it run through your hair for a few minutes. 

It’s also important to let your hair dry naturally.

Once two days have passed since you went swimming, you can apply the dye. What if your hair is still dry and dehydrated? Four hours before applying the dye, you can apply an argan oil mask and then rinse it out.


Now if you want to bleach your hair after swimming, things get more serious. And now I’ll tell you why.


To bleach your hair after swimming you’ll have to wait a week

bleaching powder

Why? Because the chlorine in the pool water dries out your hair, leaving it more porous.  If you add the action of the chemicals in the bleach mixture to that porous hair, which is already weak from the chemicals thanks to the chlorine and the sun, you’ll ruin your hair .


That’s why, in this case, I recommend that after swimming you wait a week to bleach your hair. And  you should wash your hair at least three times using shampoo and conditioner with keratin. 


In addition, I recommend you apply a moisturizing avocado mask to repair your hair. The first time you wash your hair after swimming, you can apply this mask and leave it on overnight.


What do you need?

  • An avocado
  • Shower cap



  • Open the avocado and remove the stone. Separate the avocado pulp and blend it into a paste.
  • On your dry hair, apply the avocado paste, leaving three centimeters from the roots without avocado. Spread it through your hair lengths and ends.
  • Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave the mask on overnight.
  • The next morning, wash your hair using the keratin shampoo twice.



If you’ve been swimming at the pool or even in the sea, it’s ideal to rinse your hair for two days with tap water. Then after 48 hours, you can color it.

Now, if you want to bleach your hair, you should wait at least a week whether you went swimming at the pool or in the sea. During that week, it’s essential you repair your hair before bleaching it.

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