Swimmer’s Shampoo: 3 Shampoos to Use Post-Swim and How to Prevent Damage

Refresh your locks after a dip in the pool. 

Whether you just came back from vacation or a swimming lesson, your hair care should be a top priority after a day swimming in a pool of chlorine. Chlorine can wreak havoc on your locks if not rinsed properly. Anyone who has taken a dip into a pool without a swimmer’s cap knows the after-effects of chlorine-filled locks. You often have to deal with dryness, tangled locks and if it’s color-treated, it might have even turned a brassy shade of green, too. That’s why finding a swimmers shampoo is so important!

To help you to get rid of this issue, we are sharing a list of some shampoos that help if you can’t get your hands on a swimmer’s shampoo.


1. Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo

The name says it all. Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo isn’t exactly a swim shampoo, but it is designed to rid your hair from anything that’s in it whether it be dirt, product buildup, or in this case, chlorine. Pair it with the matching Suave Daily Clarifying Conditioner for the best results.

2. Dove Nutritive Solutions Intensive Repair Shampoo

If you have hair that’s prone to damage, swimming in a pool might seem like you’re rubbing salt into a wound (so to speak). Post dive, wash your hair with Dove Nutritive Solutions Intensive Repair Shampoo and follow up with the coordinating Conditioner to repair your hair while also cleansing it. If you’re a frequent swimmer, consider adding this shampoo to your hair care routine. Continuous use strengthens the hair making it resilient to damage.

3. Bed Head by TIGI Dumb Blonde Purple Shampoo

If you have blonde hair, it may be in your best interest to wash hair with a purple shampoo to maintain your color. However, post-swim you need to focus on getting the chlorine out first. Try first washing hair with a swimmer’s shampoo or a clarifying shampoo. Then, follow up with a purple shampoo afterwards. Alternatively, you can wash with your swimmer’s shampoo the first day and when it’s time for your next wash, you can treat your hair with a purple shampoo. Bed Head by TIGI Dumb Blonde Purple Shampoo is a great option! It’s up to you and how many different shampoos your hair can tolerate in one sitting.

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Add a pre-treatment, a leave-in conditioner or coconut oil to your hair before swimming to prevent hair damage caused by chlorine.

For some, wearing a swimmer’s cap is far from fashionable. Real talk: Many of us will forgo the cap while swimming and run the risk of having damaged hair. Damaged hair isn’t cute though and can cost you a fortune to repair in the long run.

Next time you go for a dip, you can prep your hair with an oil like coconut oil or your favorite leave-in conditioner before swimming. These hair care products can act as a barrier protecting your hair from the damaging effects of chlorine. If you have color-treated hair, you can opt for using a serum to help protect your color while swimming.