8 Swimmer’s Shampoos to Use 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 swimmer’s shampoo is so important!

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

1. Suave Essentials Daily Clarifying Shampoo for Swimmer’s Shampoo

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The right shampoo is important for long-lasting hair color.

It’s so important to make sure you’re taking care of your hair properly after taking a dip in the pool. Keep scrolling for some of our favorite shampoos that’ll help restore your hair if you can’t get your hands on a specific swimmer shampoo.

The name says it all. Suave Essentials Daily Clarifying Shampoo and Conditioner isn’t exactly a swimmer’s shampoo and conditioner set, but it’s designed to rid your hair from anything that’s in it whether it be dirt, product buildup, or in this case, chlorine.

2. Dove Nutritive Solutions Clarify & Hydrate 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 Clarify & Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner. 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. Nexxus Blonde Assure Purple Shampoo

If you have blonde hair, it may be in your best interest to use a purple shampoo as your swimmer’s shampoo to maintain your color. However, post-swim you need to focus on getting the chlorine out first.

First, try washing hair with a swimmer’s shampoo or a clarifying shampoo. Then, follow up with a purple shampoo afterward. 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. Nexxus Blonde Assure Purple Shampoo and Conditioner is a great option! It’s up to you and how many different shampoos your hair can tolerate in one sitting.

4. TRESemmé Pro Pure Damage Recovery Shampoo and Conditioner

TRESemmé Pro Pure Damage Recovery Shampoo and Conditioner is perfect if you’re dealing with visible signs of damage from chlorine. This set is formulated to help recover hair, making it more smooth and manageable. Plus, it doesn’t include any sulfates, parabens, or mineral oil.

5. Dove Amplified Textures Hydrating Cleanse Shampoo and Dove Amplified Textures Super Slip Detangling Conditioner

Dove Amplified Textures Hydrating Cleanse Shampoo and Dove Amplified Textures Super Slip Detangling Conditioner are perfect if you have wavy, curly, or natural hair that needs a little moisture pick-me-up after a day at the pool. The shampoo is gentle and removes build-up, but uses aloe to help restore moisture and shine. The conditioner is infused with coconut milk, which helps leave you with healthy, easy-to-comb hair.

6. Nexxus Keraphix Damage Healing Shampoo and Conditioner

Dealing with severely damaged strands? If you can;t get your hands on a swimmer’s shampoo, use Nexxus Keraphix Damage Healing Shampoo and Conditioner. This set uses an exclusive PROTEINFUSION blend with Keratin Protein and Black Rice, which helps strengthen and heal visible signs of damage. This shampoo is gentle, so it won’t be too rough on your hair either.

7. Dove Coconut & Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner

Dove Coconut & Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner is inspired by the Hawaiian rituals of using coconut water, which known for providing hydration. This set is a great option if you’re in need of intense nourishment. Just because chlorine dries out your strands doesn’t mean they have to stay like that.

8. TRESemmé Keratin Repair Shampoo and Conditioner

TRESemmé Keratin Repair Shampoo and Conditioner is designed with smart Bond Plex™ technology, which helps to repair and smooth your hair. This is a great set to use if your hair is feeling brittle, dry, and just overall pretty damaged from pool water.

While using the proper shampoo and conditioner is very important after swimming, there are a few things you can do to help prevent your strands from being damaged in the first place.

Wear a Swim Cap

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.

Use a Leave-in Treatment

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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.

Next time you go for a dip, you can prep your hair beforehand. You can do this by using a leave-in conditioner like, Nexxus Scalp Inergy Paraben-Free Leave-in Conditioner or oil, like coconut oil. 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.

For protection for natural hair, use SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Leave-In Conditioner. This leave-in conditioner is perfect for those looking to repair their natural hair. It helps moisturize and support the elasticity so hair resists breakage when detangling. Plus, it helps control frizz too.

Whether you’re opting for a repairing shampoo and conditioner set, a moisturizing set, or a leave-in product, there are many ways you can help restore your the health of your hair.

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