Swimmers know that sticking to a regular workout schedule is good for your health, but terrible for your hair. Routine exposure to chlorinated swimming pools drys out your hair. It seems that no matter what shampoo you try, the chlorine just sticks.
You can tell that the chlorine is still on you because you can smell it, and your hair becomes dry and brittle.
Are you wondering how you can get the health benefits of swimming without having the stereotypical “swimmers’ hair”?
Goodbye Chlorine makes hair care products for swimmers that remove chlorine. You can now get all the chlorine out of your hair by using our shampoos, conditioners and styling products. These products will get the chlorine out and keep your hair looking and feeling healthy.
How can you keep your hair healthy when swimming regularly?
Use special products like Goodbye Chlorine’s hair care products for swimmers. They instantly remove chlorine. You can now get all the chlorine out of your hair by using our shampoos, conditioners and styling products. These products will get the chlorine out and keep your hair looking and feeling healthy.
Here’s our swimmers’ guide to keeping your hair healthy.
Before and after swimming. 5 minutes.
How to keep your hair healthy while swimming daily.
Get your hair wet before swimming.Your hair is like a sponge, and can only soak up so much water. Getting your hair wet in the shower makes it harder for the swimming pool water to get into your hair.
Wear a swimming cap.A swimming cap acts as a physical barrier between the pool water and your hair. It’s not a foolproof solution to keeping the chlorinated water off of your hair, but it helps.
Swimmers’ Shampoo, for Swimmers’ Hair.Use swimming-specific products like Goodbye Chlorine’s shampoos and conditioners after swimming. They are highly effective at removing chlorine.
Finish with styling products made for swimmers. These products will remove any residual chlorine left on your hair from the previous steps and keep your hair looking good all day long.
Finish with styling products made for swimmers. These products will remove any residual chlorine left on your hair from the previous steps and keep your hair looking good all day long.
Wear a swimming cap. Latex swimming caps act as a physical barrier between your hair and the swimming pool water. It won’t completely keep your hair dry, but it will help keep the water from continually washing through your hair.
How do you keep your hair healthy after swimming?
There are two things yo need to do to keep your hair healthy after swimming:
Get the chlorine off of your hair. Chlorine damages your hair. It’s important to get it off immediately after swimming.
Hydrate your hair. Chlorine damages your hair by drying it out. Returning moisture to your hair is critical to keeping it healthy after swimming.
Our anti-chlorine conditioners both remove chlorine and return moisture lost to chlorine exposure. If you want more chlorine-removing power first use our shampoo. Keep in mind our anti-chlorine shampoo is highly effective and we recommend using it sparingly as needed after swimming. If you have very difficult hair, you may want to try adding our anti-chlorine spray which is our strongest chlorine-removing product.
How do I take care of my hair if I swim every day?
Preventing chlorine from damaging your hair is the best thing you can do to keep your hair healthy if you swim every day. Wet your hair before swimming, then use an anti-chlorine conditioner underneath a swimming cap. This is the best way to prevent chlorine from damaging your hair. Of course it’s impossible to completely keep the chlorine off your hair while swimming, so using an anti-chlorine conditioner after swimming will remove chlorine and condition your hair.
Wear a swimming cap. A latex swimming cap acts as a physical barrier between your hair and the swimming pool water. It won’t keep you hair completely dry, but it will help to keep the swimming pool water from continually washing over your hair.
After swimming, the most important thing is to get the residual chlorine off of your hair. Chlorine is drying and repeated exposure to chlorine will damage your hair. First try using an anti-chlorine conditioner and if you need more chlorine-removing power consider using a shampoo or spray.
Avid swimmers know how damaging chlorine is to their hair. Repeated exposure to chlorine will make your hair dry and crunchy. It’s important to get the chlorine off of your hair immediately after swimming. Anti-chlorine conditioners and anti-chlorine leave-in conditioners are the best products to use after swimming.
First, they protect their hair while swimming by wearing a latex swimming cap.
Secondly, they remove the chlorine from their hair immediately after swimming.
Repeated exposure to chlorine will make your hair dry and brittle. Keeping the chlorine off is the only way to keep it healthy.
Is pool water bad for hair?
Yes, chlorinated pool water is bad for your hair. Chlorine is alkaline, which makes the outermost layer of your hair (cuticle) rise. This in turn exposes the oils that protect your hair shaft to the chlorine. The chlorine then dries out your hair shaft making your hair brittle.
Does chlorine ruin your hair?
Repeated and prolonged exposure to chlorine will ruin your hair if you don’t properly care for it. Swimmers will protect their hair from chlorine by wearing a swimming cap, and remove the chlorine immediately after swimming.
What happens if you don’t wash your hair after swimming?
If you swim one time, and don’t wash your hair you probably won’t notice much difference. If you swim frequently, however, and don’t wash your hair then your hair will become dry and brittle.
What is the best shampoo to get the chlorine out of hair?
Shampoo that is made for removing chlorine is the best for getting chlorine out of your hair. Goodbye Chlorine makes four strengths of chlorine-removing shampoo fit for your purpose:
ELITE – for elite athletes who are in the swimming pool more than 5 times per week . Goodbye Chlorine – for fitness fanatics who are in the swimming pool up to 5 times per week. Swimmer Kids – for kids who love to swim. Protect – for health nuts who want extra protection from chlorine.
These shampoos are highly effective at removing chlorine. It is recommended to use these products sparingly as needed. Use in combination with other products such as rinse-out and leave-in conditioners.
What is good shampoo for removing chlorine?
Look for shampoos made specifically for swimmers. These products have ingredients that reduce and remove chlorine. Our shampoos are highly effective at removing chlorine. We recommend you use them sparingly and as needed after swimming.
Does clarifying shampoo remove chlorine?
Clarifying shampoos do remove chlorine, but not nearly as well as products made for this purpose. Clarifying shampoos use ingredients that are made to remove product buildup, and mineral deposits on the hair. Chlorine, however, is a special beast. It forms a strong bond with your hair and instead of trying to strip it away, it’s better to use products that reduce chlorine and wash it away.
Our shampoos are highly effective at removing chlorine. It is recommended you use them sparingly and only as needed.
Should I shampoo after swimming?
We recommend you use products such as a swimming-specific conditioner every time after swimming. These products gently remove chlorine and add some moisture back to your hair that was lost to the chlorine exposure. Use anti-chlorine shampoos sparingly and as needed, but not necessarily after every time you swim. Our shampoos are highly effective at removing chlorine. Check out our recommendations here.
Should I wash my hair everyday after swimming?
We recommend most people use a conditioner made for swimmers every time after swimming. The reason is, the chlorinated swimming pool water is great at cleaning your hair, but it also drys it out. So the problem after swimming isn’t clean hair. The problem is chlorinated, dry hair.Anti-Chlorine Conditioners remove chlorine and moisturize your hair, so generally, this is the best solution.
Swimmers use anti-chlorine conditioners more than shampoos. Swimming pool chlorine both cleans and drys out your hair. For this reason, swimmers need products that remove chlorine and add moisture back into their hair. Avid swimmers reach for anti-chlorine conditioners because it solves both these problems.
Chlorine is alkaline, and makes your hair cuticle rise. This makes your hair feel rough and “sticky” and hard to comb through. It’s important to remove the chlorine after swimming and replace the moisture lost to chlorine damage. We recommend trying an anti-chlorine conditioner after swimming, or possibly an anti-chlorine shampoo and conditioner.
How do you get rid of sticky hair after swimming?
To get rid of sticky hair after swimming, first remove the chlorine and then lower the pH of your hair by using a pH balancing conditioner. Our anti-chlorine conditioners manage both these problems.
Does apple cider vinegar remove chlorine from hair?
Apple cider vinegar does not remove chlorine, but don’t be discouraged, read on.
Most people like to use apple cider vinegar because it makes their hair feel smooth. Using apple cider vinegar virtually eliminates split ends and fly-away hair. This is because apple cider vinegar is acidic (has a low pH). Your hair cuticle lift when exposed to alkaline substances like chlorine, this is why your hair feels rough after swimming. Acid washes make your hair cuticle lie flat. This is why your hair feels smooth after using a vinegar rinse.
After swimming, try using an anti-chlorine conditioner to remove chlorine and add some moisture back into your hair. Then after using the anti-chlorine conditioner, use an apple cider vinegar rinse. This is a terrific combination after swimming.
How do you wash your hair after swimming?
We recommend using an anti-chlorine conditioner after swimming. The act of swimming does a great job of cleaning your hair. But there are two side effects:
1. Chlorine has stuck to your hair. 2. Chlorine has stripped oil from your hair (dried it out).
You may be swimming 3 or 4 times a week and wondering how elite swimmers who are in the pool 9 to 12 times per week manage all of the chlorine exposure? The typical portrayal of swimmers with slim bodies, wide shoulders and frizzy hair is nearly accurate. It used to be that they had frizzy hair. Now they are able to keep their hair looking healthy because of some innovative products made for them like our shampoo for swimmers’ hair.
Of course we’d all agree that chlorine is a good thing as long as it’s in the swimming pool making our water safe and clean. The problems with chlorine begin once we get out of the pool.
Have you notice that your swimsuit color fades quickly? Or your skin feels dry after swimming? Or your hair dries out and feels crunchy? These are all positive proof that chlorine exists in the swimming pool. Did you need proof other than the smell of chlorine?
Speaking of smell, you also probably noticed that you smelled like chlorine hours after swimming. This smell is chlorine that has transferred onto your hair and skin. Chlorine forms a tight bond with your body, and is quite difficult to get off without the right products.
You may have tried extra long showers or even washing two or three times, but the chlorine just has a way of sticking around. You may have even thought that chlorine could be the reason that you give up the sport completely.
Don’t fret. It used to be that willpower alone was the only way to beat chlorine, but now there are products that make quick work of it.
Dry crunchy hair (and quick color fading), otherwise known as “swimmers’ hair” is caused by chlorine. The alkaline water makes your hair cuticle lift exposing your hair shaft and causing your hair to feel rough. The chlorine can then attach to your hair shaft which strips the natural oils from your hair causing it to become brittle.
In order to return your hair to the way it was before you were swimming, shampoo for swimmers’ hair needs to do two things:
Remove the chlorine, and
Return you hair to its normal pH.
All of our products remove chlorine. More technically speaking, they reduce the chlorine and then gently wash it away. Our shampoo for swimmers’ hair is made to rebalance the pH of your hair and help it return to it’s natural balance.
If you want to get rid of the damaging effects of chlorine after swimming, it’s important to use swimming-specific products like Goodbye Chlorine.
Our shampoo works well with our hair conditioner and we offer them in a value bundle.
If you are unsure which brand to buy, please see our buyer’s guide.
Swimmers’ shampoo is one of the go-to products avid swimmers use to win the battle against chlorine. Read on and we’ll show you two great swimmers’ shampoos as well as some other products you may want to try.
Does your hair feel dry and crunchy? Are you wondering how some avid swimmers are able to keep their hair looking terrific while yours looks like the stereotypical “swimmers’ hair”? Maybe you’ve thought to yourself, “They have magic hair that looks beautiful no matter what happens to it?”
You’ve come to the right place. No, these swimmers don’t have magic hair. Read on and learn how you can keep your hair looking good AND be an avid swimmers as well.
Chlorine is the most widely used sanitizer for swimming pools. It’s inexpensive and effective. One one hand it’s great at keeping our swimming pool water clean, on the other hand it damages swimmers’ hair and skin.
It’s the negative side of chlorine that swimmers have to battle with. The lingering chlorine odor, the drying effects of chlorine that causes crunchy hair and dry skin are the things you have probably experienced.
First and foremost, we make products that neutralize chlorine. Some products attempt to use harsh chemicals to strip the chlorine away from your hair and skin, but we’ve taken a different approach. Instead, we use ingredients that reduce chlorine and gently wash it away. It’s a better approach because the swimming pool contains enough chemicals without having to deal with more harsh chemicals once you get out of it.
Chlorine Damages Your Hair
Chlorine is a harsh chemical and swimming pools are slightly alkaline. This wreaks havoc with your hair. First the alkaline environment causes your hair follicle to lift. This exposes the shaft of your hair to the chlorinated water. The chlorine can then wash over and attach to your hair shaft and strips away the natural oils of your hair. This combination causes what is called “swimmers’ hair”. When your hair is in this condition, it feels rough and breaks easily.
The dry, brittle and crunchy hair is what the stereotypical swimmer looks like. But it’s not necessary to look like that anymore.
Our Swimmers’ Shampoo Gently Removes Chlorine
Our swimmers’ shampoo contains the chlorine neutralizing ingredients as we mentioned before, and is made to be very gentle so it won’t create any further damage to your hair. If you follow with our swimmers’ conditioner and swimmers’ styling products you will find that your hair will stay looking and feeling great no matter how often you swim.
Here are two products that are great for swimmers. Use the ELITE line if you are swimming more than 5 times a week and the Goodbye Chlorine line if you are swimming up to 5 times a week. They are very similar products, but the ELITE line is made for people who are in the swimming pool more frequently. See our buyer’s guide to view all of our product brands.
Swimming World’s college intern Olivia McKelvey raises the question: Is Chlorine Hurting Swimmers More than it is Helping Them?
Her conclusion is there are some real and at least annoying health consequences of swimming, but the health benefits outweigh the problems. Avid swimmers have dealt with these issues since the use of chlorine in swimming pools.
She outlines three issues: 1. Asthma or “Chlorine Cough”, 2. Dry skin and 3. Decaying teeth.
Here’s an interesting excerpt from her article, “One particular study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that swimmers are at a higher risk for bronchial hyperactivity (also known as asthma) when they are exposed to chloramines. In fact, other statistics estimate that one-third of all elite swimmers have full-blown asthma, 80 percent of which began after they took up swimming.”
You can read her article in full below.
One of the most common problems swimmers deal with is dry, itchy skin (or sometimes called “chlorine rash”). People with especially sensitive skin will notice it the most, but everyone who swims must deal with dry skin to some extent or another.
Can you smell chlorine on your skin hours after swimming and does your skin feel dry and itchy? Yep, that’s the chlorine. Of course we are all super happy that the chlorine is in the pool, but let’s leave it in the swimming pool after we are finished swimming.
How do elite swimmers deal with this day in an day out? They use specialized products that remove chlorine. Goodbye Chlorine manufactures high quality products made just for swimmers. Our products instantly removes chlorine and is made to keep you feeling and looking amazing.
Take a look at our buyer’s guide here if you are unsure about which brand to buy. We make products depending on how often you are in the pool.
Our ELITE products are made for swimmers who are in the pool more than 5 times a week:
Chlorine Removal Shampoo is a great product to keep chlorine from damaging your hair. Read on and we’ll give you all the details.
Is your hair drying out from swimming regularly? If so, you’re not alone. Ever since swimming pool operators have been using chlorine to sanitize their pools, swimmers have had to deal with the unfortunate side effect called “swimmer’s hair“.
Chlorine was a great discovery for sanitizing swimming pools, and I think speaking for most swimmers we’re grateful for clean, healthy pools. However, it would be great to leave the chlorine in the pool after swimming.
As you have found out, chlorine is tenacious and has a way of hanging around long after you are finished swimming. It sticks to your hair and skin like glue. Have you tried taking showers multiple times only to find that the chlorine smell just stays on you? Yep, that’s not your imagination, that’s actually the chlorine.
You don’t have to put up with these negative side effects any longer. And the dry, crunchy hair that has, in the past, immediately identified swimmers outside of the pool? That’s no longer a problem either.
So how do you avoid swimmer’s hair in the first place? We recommend the first thing you do is wear a latex swimming cap and wet your hair in the shower before swimming. The swimming cap will provide a physical barrier between your hair and the pool water. It’s not foolproof though, and pool water will find its way into the cap.
Using a swimming-specific shampoo like our ELITE shampoo for swimmers is a great chlorine removal solution.
The brand Goodbye Chlorine is for swimmers who are in the pool up to 5 times a week. If you are a recreational swimmer this one is made for you.
We’ve made the ELITE chlorine removal shampoo for swimmers who are in the pool more than five times a week. If you are an elite, competitive swimmer then this one will work best for you.
All of our products, including the chlorine removal shampoo for swimmers, immediately and effectively remove chlorine. Use our products after swimming and you’ll notice that the chlorine has vanished. How will you know? No longer will you experience the lingering and embarrassing chlorine odor, nor will your hair be completely fried from the pool.
If you are an avid swimmer, undoubtedly you have felt the damaging effects of chlorine. You’re not alone. Chlorine seems to have a way of just hanging around when you don’t want it to, and the accumulation of chlorine is incredibly drying to your hair and skin.
This accumulation of chlorine makes your hair feel rough. The science behind this is that the chlorine is alkaline and causes your hair cuticle to lift exposing the hair shaft. Then your hair shaft is exposed to chlorine and more chlorine attaches (and removes the oil from your hair). The combination of the hair cuticle lifting and the chlorine drying your hair is what makes your hair brittle and feel rough.
Using strong chemicals like cheating shampoos only make your hair feel worse. The reason is, these types of shampoos attempt to strip the chlorine from your hair. When you hair is in this fragile state, using these types of strong chemicals is a mistake if you wish to fix your hair.
Special products that keep swimmers’s hair looking good.
If you think critically about swimming in a chlorinated pool, you will realize that you become very clean when swimming. Chlorine is a terrific cleaner, so after swimming you are incredibly sanitized. In fact, you are probably the most clean you will be ever. So it makes sense that after swimming you don’t need strong soap. What you need is simply to get the chlorine off.
Our products are balanced. They are mild, designed to neutralize chlorine and very gently wash away the chlorine. Our moisturizers are made to hydrate your skin. We use pure ingredients like shea butter, coconut and rice bran oil to make sure moisture is returned to your body.
Our products make it easy to manage these damaging effects of chlorine. Check out our shampoos and conditioners. If you would like to know which products are best for you, check out our buyer’s guide.