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Can Chlorine Cause Hair Loss?

With the summer season here, there’s nothing quite like a refreshing dunk in the pool to cool off. However, there may be some who won’t step foot into pool waters because they are worried about the damaging effects of chlorine on their hair. While chlorine can turn your hair green and dry out and weaken hair strands, the chemical does not cause hair loss or balding.

To reduce the effects of chlorine, wash your hair before and immediately after swimming to remove any chemicals. By washing the hair before, you are letting the strands absorb non-chlorinated water which can help protect them. Rinsing off afterwards is also important to remove any chemicals and to help keep your hair healthy. These two steps can help protect your hair and prevent it from drying out.

If you are experiencing sudden hair loss, you should consult with your physician immediately to rule out any medical conditions. If you are interested in learning more about hair loss, Bosley Medical can tell you more about the causes of hair loss and the treatment options available to you, at no cost.

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