Chlorine, along with other chemicals, protects swimmers from exposure to bacteria while in the pool. Although swimmers are used to the chlorine in pool water, dealing with the effects of chlorine exposure to their hair is more problematic. Spending time in the pool can result in "swimmer's hair," damage to the hair caused by continuous chlorine exposure resulting in odorous and dry, brittle hair. In some cases, the hair may change color. Regular shampoos are not equipped to deal with this problem, so a chelating shampoo is needed. A chelating shampoo removes mineral deposits from the hair.
UltraSwim Chlorine Removal Shampoo
UltraSwim is known for not only moisturizing the hair while stripping chlorine from it, but it also strips the hair of copper deposits which causes the greenish cast that affects light-haired swimmers. It also offers a conditioner to further assist with dryness and hair breakage.
Triswim Chlorine-Out Shampoo
This product is part of the its popular hair care regimen. which also offers a conditioner. Known for removing chlorine, bromine and other chemicals, it also contains keratin and organic aloe vera to replenish the hair. It is also paraben-free.
Malibu C Swimmers Water Action Wellness Shampoo
Malibu C Swimmer Water Action Wellness Shampoo is a popular alternative for swimmers who prefer vegan products. It is sulfate-, gluten- and paraben-free, while still able to remove chlorine and other impurities from the hair. This shampoo is also free of diethanolamine (DEA) and propylene glycol. Both are popular ingredients in chelating shanpoos.
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Ouidad Water Works Clarifying Shampoo
Technically considered a clarifying shampoo, casual summer swimmers turn to this product as a gentle way to remove the chemicals while keeping a pleasant scent. Even with ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, another popular ingredient in chelating shampoos, this product is not considered as harsh as the others.
Lynn Farris has been conducting management studies, writing technical articles and contributing to local newspapers since 1984. Having traveled throughout the world, Farris now lives in Costa Rica, teaches English and writes a column for the "National Examiner" on Costa Rica. Farris holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in speech communications and psychology from Case Western Reserve University.