We all know that chlorine in pools is so harsh it strips the hair of its natural oils and moisture. What's more, according to Hair Foundation, chlorine “causes severe damage to hair keratins. Thus, chlorine in the swimming pool can both lighten and weaken hair.” Relaxed hair is even more susceptible to keratin damage, as the hair fibers have already been chemically altered. Over time this can cause excessive dryness, increased porosity and breakage. Before you jump in the pool here are a few tips and tricks that I’ve learned to help protect my relaxed hair from unnecessary damage caused by chlorine and saltwater.