9 Best Shampoos to Use After a Day in the Pool
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Nothing says summertime like a day—or night—spent lounging around poolside. As luxurious as dipping in and out of your personal body of water can make you feel, it can have the opposite effect on your mane. It doesn’t matter if you plan on soaking in a salt or chlorine treated pool—both are damaging. Salt can cause hair to be dehydrated, resulting in brittle locks. Chlorine can be drying in the short-term but can also create longer-lasting damage, like a change in your hair color and even hair loss. Fortunately, you can combat its effects (chlorine oxidizes metals that occur in water, and that chemical reaction is responsible for turning strands that telltale green) with these super cleansers. Your strands shouldn’t prevent you from going full cannon ball, just make sure to suds up after you swim. Here are the best shampoos to keep your mane strong, no matter the elements.
TRISWIM Chlorine Removal Shampoo: $12.99
This is the holy grail of post-pool shampoos—stock up for everyone because it’s your new beach house staple. Like the name suggests, TRISWIM will remove any type of chemical residue from locks so you’re safe from salt, chlorine and icky green. It also helps with dandruff and is enriched with vitamins and keratin to keep locks looking tip-top year round.
UltraSwim Chlorine Removal Shampoo: $3.96
This shampoo not only removes chlorine but all oxidized metals, such as copper deposits (remember, that’s what’s causing you to go from platinum to pea-green) and it contains enough moisture to be used after every swim.
Klorane Sun Radiance Nourishing Shampoo with Ylang-Ylang Wax: $15
This shampoo relies on ylang-ylang wax – known for its sun-defying properties – to remove any salt, sand, chlorine and sunscreen for totally refreshed–aka no longer sun-stressed locks.
Paul Mitchell Shampoo Three: $11.50
Remove all product, chlorine and iron/mineral build-up with this paraben-free shampoo, specifically formulated for swim.
Aveda Sun Care Hair & Body Cleanser: $22
This cleanser gently removes all residue (from the pool or otherwise) while adding much needed hydration. Made with corn-derived chelator, babassu, tamanu oil, neroli, ylang-ylang and wild-crafted cistus, this will turn your shower into a spa—and because you can also use it on your body, it’s perfect for packing light.
Ion Swimmer’s Shampoo: $12.99
This sulfate-free vegan shampoo restores shine, while preventing “swimmer’s green” and damage caused by exposure to sun and water.
Pureology Purify Shampoo for Color-Treated Hair: $20.28
Detox locks without stripping color thanks to Pureology—this is a must if even the thought of vacation is enough to make your summer highlights shrink.
Malibu C Swimmers Wellness Shampoo: $11.50
Use this shampoo daily to guard against pool and spa chemicals, including chlorine and bromine, as well as hard water minerals like copper, calcium, and magnesium.
Moroccanoil Clarifying Shampoo: $26
Protect your mane from environmental impunities—including chlorine/pool byproduct. Instead, feed it natural botanicals and essential oils for a thorough, restorative cleanse.
Fake it till you make it! THESE salt sprays are even better than the beach.
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