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Hair Care for Swimmers

Updated on November 18, 2010

Swimming in pools can really do a number on your hair; so much chlorine has been known to even turn blonde hair green. Not only does chlorine do damage to the hair it also makes the hair take on a strange/bad odor. So what is the best method for taking care of your hair if you are a swimmer? There are a few tips to keep your hair from being completely damaged by chlorine.

GET WET BEFORE - Before getting in the pool rinsing your hair or simply getting it wet will help to keep most of the chlorine out of your hair.So it is suggested that you get your hair wet before getting in the pool.

COVER UP - Covering up during swimming is important and helps to keep chlorine out of the hair to a certain extent. Even with a cap it is still possible to get chlorine in the hair.

CHLORINE REMOVAL SHAMPOO - There are several different types of chlorine removal shampoos and conditioner on the market the most popular is UltraSwim. UltraSwim works well at removing chlorine and making your hair feel good especially if used with the conditioner. However shampoo alone works well too and helps to get that chlorine smell out.

GET WET AFTER - Immediately after swimming rinsing your hair can also help to cut down on the amount of chlorine left on your hair. So even if you are not able to shampoo your hair you should always rinse out as much as possible immediately after swimming.

Swimmers have different methods for taking care of their hair and these are a few tips that can help save hair from the harsh chemicals in the pool. Doing just one will help but putting them all together can ensure that your hair stays in the best condition.


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    • Triplet Mom profile image

      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      Thanks coolhairmike!

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      coolhairmike 7 years ago

      Another great line of hair care products for swimmers is by Malibu Wellness. They have a three pack deal of swimmers shampoo, conditioner and swimmers after swim solution packets for less than $30 at Not only will these products remove chlorine and mineral salts from your hair, they will also prevent the dreaded green hair syndrome. They also just came out with a skin care kit geared specifically for swimmers...Great stuff!

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      Triplet Mom 9 years ago from West Coast

      I am so glad that it worked for you. Thanks for letting me know!

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      LyndseyLou 9 years ago

      I bought UltraSwim shampoo and conditioner and its great! My hair still has a hint of chlorine, but it's not nearlyas strong. I also really like the fact that it was very inexpensive! Thanks!

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      Triplet Mom 9 years ago from West Coast

      Thanks Shawna. I have heard great reviews from Ultraswim and its nice to hear positive feedback from a user.

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      shawna.wilson 9 years ago from Arizona

      I was on a swim team for most of my childhood and always used Ultraswim shampoo. It worked really well. Great information!

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      Triplet Mom 9 years ago from West Coast

      I would love to know how it works for you and what your husband thinks once you start using it.