Shampoo for swimmers: What you should be using after every session in the pool

Arianna | 11 August 2016

You don’t have to sacrifice beautiful hair just because you love the pool. 

Are you an avid swimmer? If so, then we bet you’ll know the havoc chlorine can wreak on your delicate tresses. It’s certainly no secret that getting in regular pool-time can cause your hair to become dry, damaged and brittle (even if you do wear a swimming cap!). But don’t worry: you don’t have to purge your favourite workout in order to get your hair back into its tip-top shape. Instead, just use a shampoo for swimmers and you’ll be on your way to healthy-looking hair in no time!

Discover our picks of the best shampoos, below, and remember to pop one in your gym bag the next time you go head to the pool.

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Shampoo for swimmers: TIGI S-Factor Health Factor Shampoo
Shampoo for swimmers: TIGI S-Factor Health Factor Shampoo. Credit: Kiefer McGinn

TIGI S-Factor Health Factor Shampoo (250ml, £15.50*)

For hair that’s been left dry and unmanageable after swimming, opt for the TIGI S-Factor Health Factor Shampoo, which works to miraculously strengthen hair against brushing and styling for virtually no breakage, even on damaged, processed hair.** How, you say? Well, the healthy hair complex contains shea butter, vitamin E and beautifying oils, and the formula helps to leave hair looking – and feeling –healthier!

Psst! This shampoo can also be used on coloured hair!

Shampoo for swimmer: Toni&Guy Cleanse Shampoo For Dry Hair
Shampoo for swimmers: Toni&Guy Cleanse Shampoo For Dry Hair. Credit: Kiefer McGinn

Toni&Guy Cleanse Shampoo For Dry Hair (£6.49*)

Sometimes, swimming can cause hair to feel rough – and let’s face it, everyone wants soft, smooth hair, right? Enter the Toni&Guy Shampoo For Dry Hair – which not only helps to hydrate and nourish, it also gently cleanses your locks to get rid of that excess chlorine. The end result is that your hair looks and feels softer, as well as being much more manageable – bonus!

Shampoo for swimmers: Dove Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo
Shampoo for swimmers: Dove Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo. Credit: Kiefer McGinn

Dove Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo (250ml, £2.69*)

Are you constantly battling roughness and frizz due to exposure to chlorine? Meet your new hair hero: the Dove Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo. This ultra hydrating shampoo for swimmers helps to smooth up to 100% of roughness and controls frizz.*** We know, it sounds too good to be true! Perfect for those of you with fine or thin hair, this shampoo will add back moisture without weighing your hair down – all thanks to being formulated with weightless Nutri-oils.

Tip: Why not go one step further to protect your tresses and try the VO5 Give Me Moisture Hot Oils (£4.29*)? Use this once-a-week treatment to help restore moisture and add a fabulous shine to every strand of your tresses. Did we mention it helps to remove 75% more chlorine than shampooing alone?

Which shampoo for swimmers will become your new favourite?

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.

**When used as a shampoo and conditioner system.

***To experience comprehensive benefits, use with Dove Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner.