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

Alyssa François | 08 September 2018

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 at the top of your list after a day swimming in a pool of chlorine. Chlorine, if not rinsed out properly from your hair using a swimmers shampoo or a product that rids your hair of the chemical, can wreak havoc on your locks. Anyone who has taken a dip into a pool without a swimmer’s cap knows the after effects of chlorine-filled locks: dryness, tangled locks and if it’s color-treated, it might have even turned a brassy shade of green, too. To help you to get rid of this issue, we are sharing a list of some shampoos that’ll work if you can’t get your hands on a swimmer’s shampoo.

Swimmer’s Shampoo Alternatives for Chlorine-Free Hair

1. Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo

The name says it all. This 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. Keep in mind that any clarifying shampoo will leave your hair feeling squeaky clean, so be sure to follow up with either a moisturizing conditioner or a deep conditioner to replenish any lost moisture.


2. Dove Nutritive Solutions Intensive Repair Shampoo

Let’s say you have hair that’s prone to damage where swimming in a pool might seem like you’re rubbing salt into a wound (so to speak). Post dive, wash your hair with this shampoo by Dove 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 the purple shampoo. It’s up to you and how much shampoos your hair can tolerate in one sitting.


How to Prevent Hair Damage While Swimming

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.

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