Prolonged exposure to chlorine can cause all sorts of damage to your hair, from frizzing and split-ends, to long-term issues such as dryness and an itchy scalp. Fortunately, there are a range of products available that are not only designed to remove chlorine from your hair after your swim, but claim to heal the damage it leaves behind.
Whether you want to apply a conditioner before you dive into the pool to prevent the damaging effects of chlorine, or invest in an after-care shampoo that will strengthen your hair, we’ve got you covered with a round-up of some of the best shampoos and conditioners that will keep your hair chlorine free.
Best shampoos for chlorine
UltraSwim Chlorine Removal Shampoo
Made to be suitable for all hair types, including hair that’s been dyed or chemically treated, this shampoo is gentle but effective. It claims to remove the chlorine (and any pool odour) after one use, restoring and repairing any chlorine exposed hair.
Due to the ingredients which are rich in humectants, moisturisers, Vitamin E and aloe vera, it’s designed to leave you hair soft and conditioned, and is light enough to use after every swim.
TRISWIM Moisturizing Chlorine Removing Shampoo For Swimmers
As well as tackling chlorine, TISWIM also works to neutralise and remove bromine, salt water, hard water minerals and chemical odours from your hair, whether you’re on a daily swimming regimen, exploring wild waters, or simply lounging by the pool.
Recommended by United States Masters Swimming and Canada Masters Swimming, it’s a reliable go-to for the avid swimmer. Made paraben and gluten-free, and not tested on animals, you can use the product completely guilt-free.
Sink or Swim Chlorine Removal Shampoo Bar
A simple, solid, shampoo bar for fuss-free swimmers who care about the environment. Sink or Swim have done away with over-packaging with this product, and claim the bar lasts much longer than a bottle of liquid shampoo.
These hand-made bars are SLES-free and available in eight variations to suit different hair types. Simply circle the bar gently over wet hair once or twice (depending on hair length) and massage from roots to the end of the hair before rinsing out.
Paul Mitchell Shampoo Three
Designed to remove chlorine build-up, Paul Mitchell Shampoo Three also prevents that dreaded green hair which can be caused by the chlorine mixing with the copper in the water, which then attaches to the protein in your hair. The product can be used after swimming, or combined with condition treatments to simultaneously increase inner hair strength.
Joico K-Pak Clarifying Shampoo
Made for those who not only swim frequently but live in hard water areas, the Joico K-Pak Clarifying Shampoo aims to remove all traces of impurities from your hair, leaving it looking (and feeling) clean, healthy and vibrant.
It not only reconstructs damaged air with its ingredients of amino acids, aloe and vitamin E, it also protects the hair from further issues. Particularly helpful for those with heavily-styled hair, it allows for easy combing and improved manageability.
Aubrey Organics Swimmers Shampoo
Suitable for all hair types, this swimmers shampoo claims to normalise your hair’s pH, with a clean-rinsing formula that removes built-up impurities. The organic rice extract works to remove chlorine and minerals, while the organic jojoba oil and quinoa protein deep-conditions and protects the hair.
It’s also formulated to prevent discoloration of hair that has been exposed to chlorine or salt water, and leave you feeling fresh thanks to the almond apricot scent.
John Freida Detox & Repair
Infused with antioxidant-rich green tea and nourishing avocado oil, John Freida Detox & Repair will get to work on dry and damaged hair, ensuring it remains healthy while giving it a silky shine. For optimal results, you can twin this product with the Detox & Repair conditioner, which should assist with the immediate revitalisation of your hair.
Aveeno Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo
Suitable for sensitive skin, the Aveeno Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo is a gentle cleanser, clinically proven to relieve an itchy scalp. Made from skin-moisturising properties such as colloidal oats, and botanical ingredients, it hydrates the hair while removing any build-up.
Shea Moisture African Black Soap Bamboo Charcoal Shampoo
For a gentle but thorough cleanse that aims to remove chlorine build-up from your hair while also protecting your skin, the Shea Moisture African Black Soap Bamboo Charcoal Shampoo has a packed blend to help your hair. Made with ingredients like Tea Tree Oil, Bamboo Charcoal and African Black Soap, it’s used to soothe the skin while ridding your follicles of dirt and unwanted oils, allowing your strands to grow strong and healthy.
OGX Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo
OGX have gone for a combination of classic and contemporary using an ancient remedy that’s been brought up to date with a luxe formulation, removing the build-up of unwanted oils to ensure your hair is clean, chlorine-free and cared for. There’s also the added bonus of a fresh and fruity fragrance.
What are the best conditioners for chlorine?
Ultra Swim Dry & Damaged Ultra Repair Conditioner
For a complete chlorine-removal treatment, the Ultra Swim shampoo can be combined with this repair conditioner. It aims to further restore chlorine exposed hair, fix overall damage, replenish lost moisture, and tackle any tangles and split ends. If applied before your swim, it can also reduce the amount of chlorine absorbed by your hair.
Kit & Caboodle Dry & Damaged Conditioner
Specially designed to protect hair from chlorine damage, this conditioner also aims to shield from salt and UV. Once applied it will get to work on weakened hair, which is boosted by its key ingredient Baobab protein which should help to hydrate and repair. This conditioner is used to reduce static, and control hair frizz after a long swim.
Philip Kingsley Swimcap Water Resistant Mask
An all-rounder, the Swimcap mask is formulated to both deeply condition hair and shield it from any damage once hair becomes vulnerable in chlorine or salt water. Its formula is designed to help reduce breakage, as well as halt colour-fade and general dryness, while working to improve the elasticity and general bounce and shine of your hair.
Packed with mega-proteins such as keratin and nutrients, the Triswim conditioner is the Official Hair & Skin product for United States Masters Swimming. It aims to leave your hair in its healthy and shiny state even after it’s been exposed to harsh elements such as chlorine, bromine, salt and sun, which naturally dry out your hair.
Free from animal testing, this product is both paraben-free and gluten-free, and leaves behind a natural peach and orange blossom scent.
Reef Anti Chlor Conditioner
An eco-conscious option, the Watery shampoo and conditioner combo is cruelty free and vegan, and stored in a bottle that is made from 50% recycled PCR and 50% virgin plastic. Once applied, it is designed to repair hair that has been damaged by chlorine, while working to detangle split ends and reduce dryness, ultimately strengthening and hydrating your hair.