How to Get Chlorine out of Hair

After the summer ends, chlorine damaged hair is a frequent reason why people visit the hairdresser. If you are wondering how to get chlorine out of hair or how to get green out of hair from chlorine, this article will help. But first, what does chlorine do to your hair?

What Does Chlorine Do To Your Hair

Chlorine is a pool conditioner used to prevent the growth of bacteria and keep the water clean and sanitary. Chlorine is a very harsh chemical, and while the amounts used on a swimming pool are safe… your hair may disagree. Chlorine is incredibly drying and will strip natural oils from your hair very quickly. As well as color and expensive keratin treatments.

When you get into the pool, chlorine filled water soaks into your hair. This dries the hair and and chlorine damaged hair becomes fragile. If you don’t protect your hair from chlorine the end result is chlorine damaged hair: dry hair, breakage and split ends. Even occasional exposure to pool water, particularly when combined with sunbathing, can cause a lot of damage.

What does chlorine do to your hair if you are blonde? It can turn it green! It’s not actually the chlorine turning your hair green though. It just dissolves the copper salts that are frequently used in plumbing, which are green. This can turn your hair green from swimming, sometimes very quickly if you have bleached or very porous hair. Not a good look if you got fresh highlights for your holidays!

How To Remove Chlorine From Hair

After reading this you are probably wondering how to get chlorine out of hair as quick as possible. Chlorine chemically bonds to your hair and gets inside the hair shaft. If you are a frequent swimmer, you’ll probably need specialist products to get rid of it. If your hair smells of swimming pool even if it’s dry, you need to use a shampoo for swimmers.

But before we talk about how to get chlorine out of hair, let’s talk about prevention. Before you go into the pool, there are two things you should be doing:

  • Wet your hair with fresh water
  • Apply products that protect your hair from the sun and chlorine

Soaking your hair with fresh water means chlorinated water can’t enter the hair shaft. This means your hair will absorb much less chlorine and will not get so much damage. There will also be less chlorine to remove afterwards.

Specialist products with an oil or silicone base act as a barrier between your hair and the pool water. This means chlorine has no chance to bind to your strands. Most of those products also protect against sun damage to your hair (yes, it’s a thing). If you just got fresh highlights before a holiday, this sort of hair care swim caps are like an insurance policy for your hair color and health.

Bestseller No. 1
AquaGuard Pre-Swim Hair Defense 5.3 oz (1 pack)
  • Better than Shampoo - it stops chlorine damage before it starts!
  • Prevents green hair; Protects natural color
  • Smooths and protects from dryness and brittleness
Bestseller No. 2
Ultraswim Chlorine Removal Moisturizing Shampoo - 7 oz - 2 pk
  • UltraSwim Gently removes chlorine and chlorine odor.
  • Chlorine strips your hair of life - leaving it dry, brittle and unmanageable.
  • UltraSwim is uniquely formulated to remove chlorine and chlorine odor from hair while it replaces lost...
Sale $3.50Bestseller No. 3
Ion Swimmer's Leave-in Conditioner - 8 oz.
  • Detangles and helps manageability
  • 100% Vegan
  • Restore strength and shine
Bestseller No. 4
TRISWIM Chlorine Removal Shampoo
  • TRISWIM SHAMPOO is specifically formulated to remove Chlorine, Salt Water, Bromine (hot tubs), and Chlorine...
  • Moisturizes with Aloe Vera, Vitamin A & Pro Vitamin B5.
  • TRISWIM SHAMPOO effectively eliminates the straw-like feeling and "green pool hair."
Bestseller No. 5
Solpri Swimmers Chlorine Swim Shampoo Body Wash and Conditioner with Vitamin C set 8 Fl. Oz. Each (16 Fl Oz Total)
  • STOP THE ITCH: Vitamin C kills chlorine & chlorine odor on hair and skin instantly. Meaning no more itchy...
  • Sulfate Free, Paraben Free, Dye Free, Synthetic Fragrance Free
  • REPAIR SKIN DAMAGE FROM CHLORINE: Vitamin C promotes collagen production and fights free radicals in your...

And if you are a frequent swimmer, use a swim cap. It won’t keep your hair dry, but it will reduce the amount of chlorine it gets exposed to. Soak your hair with drinking water, add a suitable chlorine barrier product and using a swim cap on top. This way your hair will be conditioned when you finally have a shower to get rid of the pool water.

Sale $4.48Bestseller No. 1
Speedo Silicone Solid Swim Cap
  • Lightweight, latex-free silicone provides durable performance and optimum fit
  • Designed to securely hug the head to reduce drag
  • Excellent stretch, pliability, and durability
Sale $8.00Bestseller No. 2
Aegend Solid Silicone Swim Cap, Comfortable Fit Swim Caps Swimming Cap for Men Women Adults Youths, 3D Ergonomic Design, 3 Sizes, 11 Choices
  • 【Best Material for Swim Cap - Fit for adults】 Made from the latest advanced silicone, it is super NON-SLIP...
  • 【3D Ergonomic Design - Fit for adults】 Take 3D stereo design based on the American head type. This design...
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Sale $4.22Bestseller No. 3
Speedo Silicone Long Hair Swim Cap
  • Lightweight, latex-free silicone provides durable performance and optimum fit
  • Easy on-and-off design won't snag hair
  • Extra space allows long hair to be tucked inside without compromising a smooth fit
Sale $2.69Bestseller No. 5
TYR Lycra Swim Cap
  • Designed with the recreational swimmer in mind
  • Extremely comfortable without pulling or snagging
  • Available in 6 colors

Best Shampoo For Swimmers

If you are a frequent pool user, invest in a swimmer shampoo instead of your regular shampoo to neutralise the chlorine. Wash your hair as soon as you are out of the pool so chlorine doesn’t have time to do damage. There are many brands which claim to offer the best shampoo for swimmers, here are our favourites.

Bestseller No. 1
TRISWIM Chlorine Removal Shampoo
  • TRISWIM SHAMPOO is specifically formulated to remove Chlorine, Salt Water, Bromine (hot tubs), and Chlorine...
  • Moisturizes with Aloe Vera, Vitamin A & Pro Vitamin B5.
  • TRISWIM SHAMPOO effectively eliminates the straw-like feeling and "green pool hair."
Bestseller No. 2
UltraSwim Dynamic Duo Repair Shampoo and Conditioner, 7 Fluid Ounce Each
  • ULTRA SWIM DYNAMIC DUO REPAIR Shampoo and Conditioner 7 OZ/Bottle - Total 14 Ounces
  • Nourishes and Repairs dry, damaged hair
  • Dry and Damaged Hair Formula
Bestseller No. 3
Ultraswim Chlorine Removal Moisturizing Shampoo - 7 oz - 2 pk
  • UltraSwim Gently removes chlorine and chlorine odor.
  • Chlorine strips your hair of life - leaving it dry, brittle and unmanageable.
  • UltraSwim is uniquely formulated to remove chlorine and chlorine odor from hair while it replaces lost...
Sale $0.01Bestseller No. 4
Babo Botanicals Swim & Sport Shampoo & Wash, Cucumber Aloe Vera, 8fl.oz. - Best Swimmers Shampoo; Removes Chlorine; Purifies & Hydrates; Best Swimmers Shampoo; Organic Aloe Vera
  • Replenishes hydrates and purifies hair scalp and skin after pool, playground or beach
  • Corn-derived chelator removes chlorine, salt, pollution, and grime
  • Soothing organic aloe vera and cucumber moisturize and comfort scalp and skin
Sale $0.87Bestseller No. 5
Fairy Tales Sun & Swim Lifeguard Clarifying Shampoo - Daily Kid Summer Shampoo - 12 oz
  • Gently removes chlorine green, sea salts and minerals. Great for swimmers and beach goers of all ages. Color...
  • Perfect for ocean, lake and pool swimmers! Gentle fruit extracts leave hair restored and silky soft.
  • Orange flower natural extract, grapefruit and lemon gently cleanse damaged hair

If you don’t want to buy a new shampoo, there are chlorine-removal spray products you can use in the shower. Rinse your hair well after you leave the pool, and spray it generously with the product. Then shampoo as usual. This type of spray works by cancelling the chlorine which is then washed away by regular shampoo.

Bestseller No. 1
SwimSpray Chlorine Removal Spray - 6 oz
  • Completely Eliminates Chlorine Odor and Irritation from Hair and Skin
  • 100% Natural Vitamin C Formula
  • Fragrance- and Sulfate- Free
Bestseller No. 2
SwimSpray Chlorine Removal Spray (1)
  • Chlorine Removal Spray
  • 100% Natural with Vitamin C
  • Fragrance-Free
Bestseller No. 3
Malibu C Leave-In Conditioner Mist, 9 fl. oz.
  • Tames frizzy, tangled locks while preventing color fading.
  • Contains plant proteins that penetrate deep into hair shaft to instantly hydrate and detangle, revealing...
  • Restore manageability with this weightless, pH balanced thermal protector that also defends against UV damage.
Sale $6.03Bestseller No. 4
Swimmer's Soap by Newton Bay - All Natural Aloe Bar Soap to Gently Wash Away Chlorine (2-Pack of 4 Ounce Soap Bars)
  • SOAP FOR SWIMMERS! Our ultra moisturizing aloe vera soap feels incredible after a pool session on your skin...
  • 100% ALL NATURAL, MADE IN THE USA - Our swim soap is handmade in North Carolina. We don't use "melt and pour"...
  • INGREDIENTS YOU CAN PRONOUNCE - Complete Ingredients List (Vegan, All Natural): Olive Oil, Water, Coconut Oil,...
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Enjoy Clarifying Spray, 10 Ounce
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If you swim often in a pool that is very high in chlorine you may not be able to remove chlorine from hair effectively by washing. There are intensive chlorine removal sachets that you can use every few swimming sessions. They are a powder that you apply to shower rinsed hair, and leave on for a few minutes. They are less practical to use than a spray or a shampoo for swimming, but if you are wondering how to get chlorine out of hair this method always works.

Malibu Swimmers Wellness treatment Kit
  • Protect and preserve shine and hair color with a kit specifically designed for swimmers
  • containing a daily wellness shampoo (free of sodium thiosulfate and other harsh ingredients common to many...
  • plus weekly natural treatments, for incredible lasting results

How To Get Green Out Of Hair From Chlorine

Now you know how to get chlorine out of hair, and how to prevent it getting there on the first place… but if you are reading this is probably because your hair is green from chlorine. Asking how to get green out of hair from chlorine is a bit misleading, as the greenish color actually comes from mineral deposits on your hair. So even if you get all the chlorine off your hair, it will still be green.

What you need to do is cancel the green hair out so it looks blonde. Some of the best shampoo for swimmers are also chelating shampoos. This means they remove metals and minerals from hair, and with them the green color. Chlorine can also turn hair brassy due to oxidation of the color, so this type of shampoo is also good if your blonde is turning brassy.

Bestseller No. 1
Kenra Clarifying Shampoo, 10.1-Ounce
  • Restores hair's natural radiance by removing dulling deposits and build-up
  • Brightens highlighted, bleached, or gray hair
  • Maintains the look and feel of healthy hair for individuals using hard water and well water
Bestseller No. 2
Malibu C Hard Water Wellness Collection
  • Gentle vegan formulations that effectively detoxify to restore balance and clarity
  • Freshly-activated antioxidant complex for weekly use that gently, yet effectively, draws out hard water...
  • High performance hair regimen developed to deliver a deep clean without over-drying
Bestseller No. 3
Hairprint - 99% Plant-Based/All Natural Chelating Shampoo (8 fl oz/240 ml)
  • A Simple + Effective Hair Wash Designed To Remove Buildup On The Hair Caused By Modern Hair Care Products +...
  • 80% Of US Municipal Water Is Hard Water + All Well Water Is Hard. Hard Water Causes Mineral Build Up On Your...
  • Pure, 100% Plant-Based, Low Suds, No-Foam, Scent-Free Hair Wash Made From Leaves, Bark, Seeds, Roots, Oils,...
Bestseller No. 4
Ion Hard Water Shampoo, 33.8oz
  • Hard Water Shampoo (33.8oz) helps prevent the build-up of minerals in your hair (Iron, Magnesium, Copper) that...
  • Purifying solution that reduces dryness and damage while adding shine and moisture
  • Helps to increase hair manageability and to prevent and help to reverse discoloration
Bestseller No. 5
Paul Mitchell Shampoo Three,10.14 Fl Oz
  • Helps remove chlorine and impurities. Paraben Free,Vegan
  • Increase inner strength and prevent immediate re-deposit
  • Excellent before deep conditioning

If you don’t want to buy a shampoo for swimmers then the alternative is a clarifying treatment. Those treatments come in a sachet full of little crystals that you mix with water. The resulting paste is then applied to your hair and left for the recommended time, and that’s how to get green out of hair from chlorine. Bring a sachet with you on holidays in case you suffer from a green hair from the pool emergency.

Sale $0.48
Malibu C Hard Water Weekly Demineralizer 12-pk.
  • Malibu C Hard Water Weekly Demineralizer 12-pk.
Ion Crystal Clarifying Treatment
  • Treat hair before and after chemical service to ensure better results
  • Sulfate, Gluten, Paraben, Alcohol, Phthalates, Soy Free
  • Removes heavy build-up and residue from the hair

Some people swear by natural methods, such as ketchup (the red will cancel the green in our hair) but they have a tendency to smell funny. A mix of white vinegar, tomato juice and lemon juice will accomplish the same results, but can leave your hair feeling very dry.

You may need to get your hair bleached to remove the green, but that should be last resort. Usually a bleach bath is more than enough to remove the copper residue that is turning your hair green, and you don’t need to bleach your entire head again.

How to get chlorine out of hair is a frequent question in summer, but regular swimmers also get pool green hair. No matter if your a bleach or natural blonde, your hair can go green in the pool if you are not careful.

Do you have any other tricks about how to remove chlorine from hair? Let us know in the comments.

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