Tips For Protecting Kids’ Hair From Chlorine

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When it comes to the summer months and your kids, there’s no doubt that they’re going to be spending time in the pool soaking up as much sun as they can. This means you’re going to have to start diving back into your summer hair care routine and kid’s haircut time. Included in that routine is ensuring that your kids hair stays healthy and happy and chlorine-free as best as possible.

It can’t be prevented once they’re in the pool and spending time splashing around with their friends, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take steps to protect your child’s hair from the damaging effects of chlorine.

Today, we wanted to discuss our top 5 tips for protecting your kid’s hair from chlorine. Whether your child is still young enough that they haven’t yet had their first haircut, or they’ve been doing summer pool parties for a couple of years now, at Sharkey’s Cuts For Kids, we want your child’s hair to be happy and healthy year-round.

places for children's haircuts in ColumbusSoak their hair thoroughly.

The best thing you can do to prevent chlorine damage to hair every time your kid joins their friends for some fun pool time is to soak it. If you’re on top of your game and soaking your child’s hair every day before they enter the pool, you’re able to help prevent chlorine damage. If your hair is already wet from being soaked down, then you’ve taken away its ability to soak up a bunch of chlorinated water instead. Keep the prevention going by being sure to give their hair a thorough rinse off after they’re done swimming for the day right away as well. The less your child’s hair is dry when they’re going swimming, the less it will absorb chlorinated water.

Embrace the power of the swim cap. 

Whether your child has already had their first haircut or they’ve been collecting a rocker-level mane and loving every minute of it, a swim cap can be your best friend. They are one of the most effective ways to prevent chlorine damage to your child’s hair.

Apple cider vinegar is the ultimate swiss army liquid.

If your child is found by the pool and in the pool just about every day of the sunny summer, this treatment can be one of the better ones to protect their hair from chlorine damage. Make apple cider vinegar part of their regular hair routine every night as they’re bathing. Mix one part apple cider vinegar with four parts water and then apply it to their hair. Let it soak for a few minutes, then rinse and condition their hair usually. This will help provide a natural barrier to protect their hair from chlorine when they’re in the water.

Coconut oil is your best friend. 

Literally, it is. Coconut oil is your best friend when it comes to preventing chlorine damage to your child’s hair. If you start applying a small amount of coconut oil before they go swimming, you’ll be able to have a protective barrier around their hair as they’re amid chlorinated pools. This leads us to our next tip.

Pretreat with conditioner. 

There are many types of chlorine conditioners out there that help protect your kid’s hair from the damage that comes with regular exposure to chlorine. However, you can get ahead of those effects by pretreating their hair with swim sprays and swim conditioners. In addition, products like Sharkey’s Cuts For Kids new revolutionary product, Swim With The Sharks, help block the buildup from styling products and minerals like chlorine and others that come from hard water exposure. Treating your child’s hair with this product creates a much-needed barrier against chlorine water, thanks to the natural chlorine neutralizers found within this incredible product from Sharkey’s Cuts For Kids.

products at Sharkey'sSharkey’s Cuts For Kids understands that your kids love their swim time during the hot summer months, and we want to help you be able to keep their hair happy and healthy! Try these five tips to keep their hair strong and protected. 

We provide your child with the safest and fun salon experience possible with our children’s salon. That’s why every haircut is all-inclusive and comes with minicures, video games, balloons, and lollipops. Kids can stream their favorite shows or sit in one of our fun car chairs. 


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Is it your kid’s first haircut? We offer a First Haircut Package which comes with a certificate, photo, and a lock of hair as a keepsake. At Sharkey’s Cuts For Kids, we even have birthday parties and glamour parties, too!

Bring your child into our children’s salon and experience the entertainment, superior kids haircut and styling. Your child will discover what it’s like to have their first haircut in style and with a lollipop!

Book your appointment at or call us at (614) 532-0336. 

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We’re located at 1257 N Hamilton Rd, Gahanna, OH 43230 and can’t wait to meet you and your little shark!

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Amy Onifer
Amy is an "on the go momma" to two spunky and fun loving kids (ages 9 & 8). She came to Columbus to pursue a career in elementary education and decided this was home. She’s an avid traveler, yet can’t master the art of packing. Her philosophy is bring it all because you don’t know if you’re going to need it. If you ever decide to take a trip with her, don’t worry about bringing a camera because she’ll take enough photos of the experience that it will likely crash your hard drive. Before kids, you could find everything neatly organized and straight vacuum lines in her carpet, but these days she's not bothered with worrying about the small stuff. You can catch her belting out her favorite song, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and using her two left feet to bust a move with her family during their frequent impromptu dance parties. She loves living in such a family-friendly city!