9 of the Best Shampoos For Removing Chlorine From Your Hair

Jul 23 2021 - 1:40pm

The sun isn't the only thing you should be protecting your hair [1] from in the summertime. We're officially in the midst of swimming pool season, and whether you're a seasoned swimmer or you just like to take an occasional dip in the water every now and again, a day at the pool (and the chlorine you're bound to come in contact with) can do some real damage to your hair [2] if you're not careful.

"Chlorine is a disinfectant, so it strips the natural oils from the hair, making it prone to breakage," celebrity hairstylist Chad Kenyon [3] told POPSUGAR. "It's known to dry out the hair, leaving it looking fried and brittle. So before you get into a chlorinated swimming pool, it's so important to rinse your hair with fresh water, as your hair will absorb the fresh water first and slow down the absorption of the chlorine."

If you can't rinse your hair beforehand, Kenyon recommends washing your hair with a bond-building shampoo (and following up with a conditioner) to get the chlorine out of your hair. You can also opt for a clarifying shampoo to really rid your hair of all kinds of product and buildup. And if you're looking for some options to keep your hair chlorine-free all summer, keep reading.

Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo

One of Kenyon's favorites for ridding the hair of chlorine is the Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo [4] ($14-$28), which "uses the brand's proprietary technology to relink the bonds in the hair for stronger, healthier hair."

UltraSwim Chlorine Removal Shampoo

The UltraSwim Chlorine Removal Shampoo [5] ($5) easily removes all traces of chlorine (including its odor) while helping to keep the chemical from leaving a tint on lighter hair colors.

Ouidad Water Works Clarifying Shampoo

For curly-haired people, the Ouidad Water Works Clarifying Shampoo [6] ($10-$50) works to gently break down buildup in the hair without compromising your texture or drying out the curls.

Malibu C Swimmers Wellness Shampoo

The Malibu C Swimmers Wellness Shampoo [7] ($16-$27) is a divine two-in-one that not only keeps your hair free of the damaging effects of chlorine, but it can also double as a moisturizing body wash.

Odele Clarifying Shampoo

For the fragrance-averse, the Odele Clarifying Shampoo [8] ($12) uses a dermatologist-tested, sulfate-free formula to wash away residue from products, pollutants, hard water deposits, and chlorine without stripping oils from the hair.

Sun Bum Detox Shampoo

The Sun Bum Detox Shampoo [9] ($10) is a beach-bag must have that uses ingredients like apple cider vinegar to wash away impurities and free the hair from the potentially harsh effects of salt water and chlorine.

Nexxus Clean and Pure Clarifying Shampoo For Nourished Hair

The Nexxus Clean and Pure Clarifying Shampoo For Nourished Hair [10] ($12) uses a lightweight, hydrating, salon-quality formula to rid the hair of oil and product buildup. Additionally, the formula is also protein heavy to add moisture and essential nutrients back to the hair.

R+Co Oblivion Clarifying Shampoo

Ingredients like witch hazel and tea-tree oil are the stars of the R+Co Oblivion Clarifying Shampoo [11] ($27), which work together to purify both the hair and the scalp and get rid of unwanted product buildup.

Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo

Take a day off from buildup (read: pollutants), and let the clarifying Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo [12] ($10-$27) do the work for you. We recommend incorporating it into your Sunday night beauty ritual. The brand suggests applying it before applying heavier masks or treatments and skipping it if you have dyed hair.

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