Have you been looking for a conditioner that removes chlorine from your hair? Then you’ve found the right place. Goodbye Chlorine makes conditioner and other products for chlorine hair.
Regular swimming is excellent for your health. Are you beginning to feel the mental and physical benefits from swimming? If so, you may have also noticed your hair isn’t feeling so great. Let’s look at some ways to battle the condition known as “swimmer’s hair”. You may need a conditioner for chlorine hair.
Read on. This article will help you choose a conditioner for chlorine hair (or swimmer’s hair as it’s commonly called).
Swimming and the consequences of Swimmer’s Hair
Since the invention of chlorinated swimming pools, swimmers have battled with the damaging effects of chlorine. It is so common, that some ELITE swimmers surrender to “swimmer’s hair” and shave their heads. Some wear the lingering chlorine odor as badge of honor. It’s proof of swimming for 2-3 hours a day.
Elite athletes who are in the pool more than 5 times per week should use our ELITE products. Our conditioner for chlorine hair is for elite athletes who have prolonged exposure to chlorine. It is gentle and removes chlorine without using harsh chemicals. It also restores moisture, balances pH, assists in comb out and protects. Buy our anti-chlorine conditioner with shampoo and receive a discount here. We also offer a larger discount with our anti-chlorine value bundle here.
Anti-Chlorine Shampoo and Conditioner Value Bundles
Anti-Chlorine Shampoo and Conditioner value bundles are the best way to buy our shampoo and conditioner. Whether you are an elite athlete, a recreational swimmer, a kid who loves to swim, or someone with chlorine sensitivity we have a product that is right for you.
Our customers are people who like the idea of clean pools, spas and showers, but loath the damage caused by chlorine. Dry crunchy hair (otherwise known as “swimmer’s hair“), and itchy skin are common complaints associated with chlorine damage.
Chlorine sanitizes our public water supply. In small amounts, chlorine is a public health miracle. However, chlorine accumulates on your hair and skin. It forms a tight bond, and is difficult to remove with regular personal care products. In fact, strong chemicals can make swimmers’ dry crunchy hair worse. Our products are made to gently release and remove chlorine without the use of harsh chemicals.
Exposure to chlorine damages hair. It’s a condition that’s commonly called: “Swimmer’s hair”. In extreme cases, swimmer’s hair will even have a green tint.
When you hair is healthy it is shiny, smooth and slightly acidic. Your hair feels smooth because the outermost layer of your hair shaft (the cuticle) lies flat. The cuticle interlock around the hair shaft and seal in moisture.
But after swimming, your hair cuticle rise and feel rough. Once your hair cuticle rise, the chlorine can remove the oils around your hair shaft. To make matters worse, the chlorine forms a tight bond to your hair and is very difficult to remove.
To solve the problem, avoid harsh chemicals. Instead, find products that are gentle and made for swimmers.
Protect Your Hair Before Swimming
One of the best strategies is to protect your hair before swimming. Here is a great article:
There is a little more satisfying than getting out of the pool after a hard workout. And there is nothing more annoying than smelling like the pool once you get back home–or worse yet–to the office.
Maybe you’ve put up with chlorine damaged hair (commonly called “swimmer’s hair“) and are looking for a solution to fix it? Swimmer’s hair is caused by the accumulation of chlorine in your hair. You can read our post here about how to restore your hair after it’s been severely damaged by chlorine.
Chlorine Damages Your Hair
In a weak dilution, chlorine is a great pool sanitizer. It sanitizes everything in the pool–including you. Your hair is particularly vulnerable to damage from chlorine. After swimming repetitively, and without removing the chlorine, your hair will turn dry and brittle.
While swimming, chlorine forms a strong bond to your hair. It’s an alkaline solution and as it forms this strong bond, it turns your hair alkaline. And you guessed it, the natural state of your hair is acidic.
When healthy, your hair cuticle lie flat and interlock like scales holding the moisture in your hair shaft. Chlorine exposure causes your hair cuticle to rise up. Then the chlorine can reach further into your hair shaft and strips the natural oils. This is why after swimming your hair feels rough, dry, and crunchy.
But no matter how hard you try, chlorine is going to get to your hair while swimming and you need a special anti-chlorine product to get it off.
… chlorine is going to get to your hair while swimming and you need a special anti-chlorine product to get it off.
We make an anti-chlorine spray that neutralizes chlorine. It can be used on your hair and skin before using a shampoo and conditioner. We recommend this product for avid swimmers or someone who already have severely damaged hair or dry skin caused by chlorine.
All of our products remove chlorine instantly. If you are a recreational swimmer in a pool or hot tub less than 5 time per week check out our standard anti-chlorine shampoo and conditioners.
Protect Your Hair Color from Chlorine Bleach Out
We’ve used our knowledge of formulating anti-chlorine products for the most demanding athletes and brought them home to you. If you color your hair and would like to protect your hair color from chlorine bleach-out (either from the shower or pool) then take a look at our Protect line of products.
Whatever your level of chlorine exposure, we have a product that’s right for you. Our product lines are made with different strengths.
Experiments running chlorine gas through a cylinder of tomato juice turns the mixture “almost completely white within five minutes”. When old newspaper clippings are exposed to bleach “the paper is dramatically whitened within twenty minutes”.
“This spectacular change is a result of the chemical action of chlorine, acting as an oxidizing bleaching agent on the pigments … “
They go on to explain that a bleaching agent “is a substance that can whiten or decolorize other substances”.
As ingredients in scouring cleansers and dishwashing products
The bleaching of hair (emphasis added)
THE BLEACHING of HAIR??!! Yikes!!
Yes, chlorine is a bleaching agent and it will “destroy chromophores (thereby removing the color)”.
Have you ever noticed how your swimsuit gets lighter with use, or how if you aren’t careful with the laundry, so-called bleach spots will appear on your clothing? These are living examples of how bleach removes color.
This same chlorine bleaching action will remove the color from your hair.
Professional cut and color can cost $50.00-$150.00 every month. That’s an expense you don’t want ruined by a trip to the swimming pool, or by overly chlorinated showers.
The best way to keep the chlorine from bleaching your hair color is to remove chlorine from your hair immediately after swimming. This is easier said than done, however. While you were swimming, chlorine created a tight bond to your hair–so tight that normal soaps and shampoos are ineffective at removing it.
Have you ever smelled like chlorine after swimming and showering? This is the evidence that the chlorine has stuck around.
So how do you get the chlorine off after swimming?
The way to get chlorine off after swimming is to use professional products that are formulated to reduce chlorine. Reduction is a fancy word for breaking the tight bond chlorine has formed.
Using products like Goodbye Chlorine’s Shower Gels, Shampoos, Conditioners and styling products are the way to go. All of these products will gently remove the chlorine after swimming. They reduce the chlorine and gently remove any residual chlorine rather than trying to strip it away.
Goodbye Chlorine Shampoo is shampoo gentle enough to use every day. It’s highly foaming, smells great and leaves your hair soft and manageable. Of course it reduces and removes the chlorine from your hair which will stop the chlorine from bleaching your hair.
Goodbye Chlorine Conditioner is a rich conditioner that adds moisture back into your hair. It has plenty of “slip” and will assist with combout for people who have difficult to manage hair. It will also reduce and remove chlorine that may have been left behind after shampooing.
The ELITE Anti-Chlorine Conditioner by Goodbye Chlorine is a hair conditioner like none other. Really, it’s that unique. Yup, and we’re not just saying that because we make it. Read on, and we’ll make our case for the best conditioner a swimmer ever had.
Does your hair feel crunchy and smell like chlorine?
Are you tired of the damage chlorine does to your hair and skin? We are grateful chlorine is IN the pool, but that’s where we would like to keep it. Unfortunately, while swimming, chlorine forms a strong bond with your hair. And since normal hair products don’t release chlorine, the pool chlorine begins to accumulate on your hair. After swimming day in and day out, your hair becomes damaged and brittle–otherwise known as “swimmer’s hair“–not to mention it becomes permeated with a chlorine odor.
Accumulation of chlorine causes swimmer’s hair.
This accumulation of chlorine is what causes swimmer’s hair. When your hair is healthy, it is acidic and this acidity causes the cuticles to lie flat. The cuticle is the outer layer of your hair. It’s a scale-like structure that locks together and holds moisture in your hair shaft. But chlorine is alkaline. When chlorine accumulates on your hair it changes the pH of your hair and your cuticles lift. When the cuticles lift, your hair feels rough, dry and becomes brittle. This is what’s known as swimmer’s hair.
Five big ideas to fix and prevent swimmer’s hair:
Do your best to keep chlorine off in the first place. You most likely already do this, but it is worth mentioning for those who don’t. Wet your hair before swimming and wear a swim cap. Both provide some protection against chlorine. Since your hair absorbs water like a sponge, wetting it first makes it more difficult for the pool water to be absorbed. A swimming cap provides a physical barrier between the pool water and your hair. As they say, an ounce of prevention goes a long way.
Neutralize chlorine. Not all personal care produces are created equal. Use products that are swimming-specific and check that they are formulated to neutralize chlorine. Since chlorine forms a strong bond with your hair and skin, formulations that release the chlorine bond will work best.
Add Moisture back into your hair. Chlorine lifts the hair cuticles and strips the moisture from your hair. Hair conditioners that contain a lot of moisturizers–and a variety of them–will work best.
Restore pH. Chlorine is alkaline and causes your hair cuticles to lift exposing the inner hair shaft and allowing moisture to escape. After moisturizing, it is important to lower the pH of your hair. When you do, your hair cuticles will lay flat and lock in the moisture. Your hair will look shiny and feel smooth.
Remove residual impurities. Search for products that neutralize and gently wash away chlorine.
First of all, it is formulated to neutralize chlorine. It effectively reduces chlorine on contact. Just work the conditioner through your hair like you would any hair conditioner.
Second, the Original Hair Conditioner Plus contains tons of conditioning oils including: Olive Oil, Coconut Oil and Rice Bran Oil as well as many other ingredients that both condition and nourish your hair.
And third, the conditioner is formulated to begin returning your hair to it’s natural pH. This is important so your cuticles will lay flat and make your hair healthy and shiny.
Best of all, our hair conditioner was formulated by ELITE swimmers who know a thing or two about dealing with the damaging effects of chlorine. Our brand is your guarantee of the quality and effectiveness of our products.
The Original Hair Conditioner is truly amazing and should be every swimmer’s essential hair care product.
In the most basic sense, chlorine hair is hair that has been severely damaged by chlorine and may have a greenish tint. Swimmer’s who spend hours in the pool or who swim every day are subject to the damage caused by chlorine if they don’t work to prevent it.
Chlorine is a great chemical for keeping our pools sanitized–and thank heavens for that. Nobody wants to swim in a filthy public swimming pool. However, chlorine is highly toxic. It is even deadly in high concentrations. Just to give you an idea of how deadly chlorine gas can be, it has been used in chemical warfare.
Obviously, the concentration of chlorine in swimming pools is much lower (only about 1 ppm), but you’ve probably notice some of the side effects: red eyes, coughing, dry skin, and even chlorine hair.
Chlorine damages your hair after prolonged swimming. It’s attracted to organic matter–and you guessed it–your body and hair is a giant chlorine magnet. Chlorine forms a strong bond to your hair and the more you swim through the water, the more chlorine bonds to your hair.
The chlorine is alkaline which makes the cuticle of your hair lift. When your hair is healthy and shiny, the cuticle lies flat and locks moisture into your hair. When your cuticle lifts, more chlorine can strip the moisture from your hair and they cycle continues. Because your hair cuticle have lifted is one reason why your hair feels dry, brittle and rough after swimming.
Wet your hair before swimming: Take a shower and soak your hair with tap water. Your hair acts like a sponge. By soaking your hair with tap water, it will absorb less pool water.
Don’t use regular shampoo: Because regular shampoos are formulated to remove dirt and grease, they don’t work well for swimmers.
Use natural oil: Adding a little natural oil to your hair before you swim provides some protection from the chlorinated water.
Better yet, use swimming-specific conditioner: Use a small amount of swimming-specific conditioner. It will provide a little protection between our hair and the pool water.
Wear a swimming cap: Wearing a swimming cap provides the best protection between your hair and the swimming pool. It keep the pool from constantly washing through your hair and minimizes the damaged caused by chlorine.
It is impossible, however, to keep chlorine off of your hair. The pool water will rinse out oils and conditioners, and no matter what swimming cap you wear, pool water will find its way inside. It’s a good idea to use a swimming-specific shampoo and conditioner after swimming to remove the chlorine that has attached to your hair and prevent the long-term buildup of chlorine.
Why Normal Shampoo Doesn’t Work
Normal shampoo doesn’t release the strong chlorine bond has with your hair. A swimming-specific shampoo like these do. Normal shampoo is also designed to remove dirt while swimming specific shampoo is gentle and designed to gently remove impurities such as the neutralized and residual chlorine.
Strong detergent shampoos will only make chlorine hair worse. A swimming-specific shampoo is best for removing chlorine after swimming.
How To Fix Chlorine Hair
The best way to fix chlorine hair is to use ELITE Conditioner. If you have chlorine hair–and we mean chlorine hair of the worst kind, then follow this procedure:
Rinse your hair thoroughly with warm tap water.
Apply a generous amount of ELITE Conditioner to your hair. Work through well. Massage the product gently into your hair.
Once your hair becomes detangled, gently comb the product through.
Wrap in a damp towel and let sit for 10 minutes.
Rinse and repeat if necessary.
ELITE Conditioner is different than any other conditioner you’ve used and here’s why:
Adds Moisture: It is formulated with coconut oil, olive oil, rice bran oil, mineral oil and vegetable glycerine which add moisture back into your hair.
Replaces Critical Nutrients: It adds nutrients back into your hair that will help make your hair strong and shiny.
Helps Rebalance pH: Because pool water is alkaline, it makes the hair cuticle stand up. This gives your hair a gritty feeling. Chlorine Plus works to neutralize the pH which relaxes the cuticle allowing it to lay flat again. When the cuticle scales interlock, they trap the moisture in your hair. It will leave your hair looking shiny and feeling smooth.
Removes Impurities: Chlorine Plus conditioner contains Aztec Clay. Aztec Clay works well to remove impurities like residual chlorine. This works much better on damaged hair than using strong detergents or clarifying shampoos.
ELITE Conditioner also works well as a solo product to maintain and protect healthy hair. If you only want to carry one hair product to the pool, we recommend this one.
If you are like other people who are swimming every day, you are probably wondering: How do I get the chlorine off?
Although simmers are happy the chlorine keeps the swimming pool sanitized, they would rather not have it on their skin and hair once they leave the pool.
It’s an age-old problem swimmers have dealt with. Read on, and we’ll give you our top Three Chlorine Protection Tips You Need to Know.
Protect Your Hair Prior to Swimming
Wet your hair completely in the shower before swimming. You hair is like a sponge. Let it soak up as much tap water as possible. Yes, most tap water has some amount of chlorine in it, but much lower levels than the swimming pool. Once your hair is soaked with tap water, the pool water has a more difficult time getting to your hair.
Apply a natural oil such as coconut oil or a hair conditioner to your wet hair. This will provide another level of protection from the pool water. Better yet, use a swimming-specific conditioner that works to neutralize chlorine.
Wear a swimming cap. While soaking your hair and applying an oil or conditioner gives some level of protection, a swimming cap provides a physical barrier. Pool water will still get underneath the swimming cap, but it will prevent the pool water from continually washing over your hair which greatly reduces the damage chlorine will cause.
Remove Chlorine After Swimming
One of the most important things to do, is to get the chlorine off immediately after swimming. While swimming, chlorine creates a strong bond to your hair. The best way to get it off is to use a swimming-specific shampoo or conditioner. These swimming-specific products are formulated to neutralize and remove chlorine.
Our favorite product is ELITE Conditioner. After years of trials, we perfected the conditioner. It has special ingredients to neutralize chlorine and return moisture to your hair. The conditioner also has nutrients necessary to rebuild hair that has been damaged by chlorine. ELITE Conditioner also provides excellent slip so you don’t further damage your hair when combing it out.
Use Chlorine-Neutralizing Products Away from the Pool
If you are swimming every day, then the battle with chlorine doesn’t end at the pool. Think about products that will gently neutralize chlorine, and moisturize your hair (and skin) away from the pool. Use swimming-specific soap, shampoo, conditioner and styling products at home as well.
One of our favorite products is Amaz’g. It’s a detangler plus chlorine neutralizer, heat protector, and leave-in conditioner. It’s one of the best products to use if you want to keep your hair protected from the chlorine.