Skin & Haircare Tips For Triathletes Who Hate Chlorine

Yes, you can train for a triathlon AND have gorgeous hair & skin!

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Chlorine is my nemesis. I don’t know about your gym, but as soon as I walk into the pool area, my eyes start to water from the insane amount of chlorine that’s in the water. I have now started putting on my goggles BEFORE I even leave the locker room. Take that chlorine.

But alas, my victory is short lived as the chlorine fights back by sucking the life out of my skin and hair. And my swim cap is no help as it always manages to rip and break my hair whenever I put it on or take it off. And not to mention how dry my skin feels after swimming. Sigh. So what’s a girl to do?

I’ve tried lots of those fancy leave in conditioners, strengthening and moisturizing shampoos and hair masks that said they’d leave my hair silky and smooth.The thing is, all those products work pretty well, but I’d rather be spending my money on some new triathlon gear or a new workout outfit… not shampoo and body lotion.

So, I scoured Pinterest, did lots of Google searches and tested a bunch of things out.

And the winner is…

Coconut oil & honey.

Sounds like a sticky mess, right? Yes, it may be a bit sticky, but it’s a little miracle serum! I used  this recipe but adapted it since my hair is so long. I melted 1/2 cup coconut oil and 1 Tbsp honey together in a small saucepan (you could also use the microwave) and then let it cool down for 1-2 minutes and then massaged it into my hair from tip to roots. (If you have oily hair, then I’d probably only put it on the bottom half of your hair). I’m sure a cute little squirt bottle would help make the application process much easier, but I just poured the mixture onto my head right from the saucepan. Classy, I know.

Once your hair is evenly coated, clip it up in a bun and cover it with a shower cap. I didn’t have a shower cap so I wrapped plastic wrap around my head and let it sit for 20 minutes. Actually, I lost track of time and left it in my hair for 30+ minutes, which ended up being just fine. Guess my hair needed all that extra moisture!

Triathlete skin and hair tips | TwoTri.com

Obviously the next triathlete beauty tip I need to figure out is how to get rid of those lovely goggle marks…

Rinse out the remaining oil and shampoo and condition your hair as usual, making sure you wash out all of the excess oil. (If you don’t get out all the oil then your hair will be greasy and there’s really no way to fix that other then washing it again. But if you know of a way, let me know!!!) Repeat this treatment once a week.

I wish you could feel my hair because noticed a HUGE difference after just one treatment! It’s so soft and not as frizzy.

Triathlete Skin and Hair Tips | TwoTri.com

Triathlete Skin and Hair Tips | TwoTri.com

And now for my favorite skin tip:

Coconut oil & Sugar

I melt 1/2 cup coconut oil and let it cool for about 1-2 minutes. Then I add 1/2 cup sugar to make an all natural exfoliating scrub. (This scrub is even easier to make in the summer because it’s so hot here in Nashville, that my coconut oil is liquid already!) Use while you shower and your skin will feel so soft that you won’t even need to use lotion!

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I may seem a little obsessed with coconut oil, but it’s a little miracle fruit! Coconut water has a ton of electrolytes and a natural sweetness. It’s a great substitute for sugary sports drinks. I’m also in love with these coconut recipes:

Coconut Blueberry Steel Cut Oats – A delicious breakfast that will give you the fuel you need to train for your triathlon. Make extra… you’ll want leftovers!

Almond Meal Cookies with Chocolate and Coconut – If you’re craving a cookie, make these. They are a healthier version of your usual chocolate chip cookie, using coconut oil instead of butter and almond meal instead of white flour. They are chewy, and coconuty and chocolatey and SOOOO good! The perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Coconut Milk Strawberry Ice Cream – With only THREE ingredients, this is an ice cream you don’t have to feel guilty about eating. The best part is that you don’t need an ice cream maker to whip this up!

Baked Coconut Shrimp BBQ Salad – A perfect light dinner to enjoy on the patio once the weather starts warming up.

Watermelon Coconut Breeze – This refreshing drink is packed full of electrolytes and vitamins. It’s pretty and delicious! Perfect for after a tough triathlon workout!

Do you have any triathlon beauty tips? Let’s hear them!


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Trainer DaveyTrainer Davey is an Orange County personal trainer at heart, but has since moved to Nashville and taken on the new challenge of triathlon training. Of course, he misses his home of Surf City...but Music City ain't so bad either!View all posts by Trainer Davey →

  1. May

    wow…I gotta try this asap! thanks for the tips and loooove the before and after pics 🙂

    • Jess

      haha! Thanks May! Love ya!

  2. Ellen

    Do you use a special swim shampoo or just regular shampoo? Your hair is gorgeous!

    • Jess Anderson
      Jess Anderson08-24-2013

      Thank you so much Ellen! I use whatever shampoo is on sale 🙂 Right now, I’m using Herbal Essences Hello Hydration. During the summer, we swim in a salt water pool and in the lake so the chlorine isn’t as much of a problem, but come winter, I’ll be using this hair mask about once a week. Do you have a favorite shampoo?

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    format of cv05-22-2014

    Excellent post. I’m experiencing a few of these issues as well..