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Swimmers’ Hair and Skin Care: Recommendations, Tips and Deals

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Goodbye Chlorine manufactures anti-chlorine products for swimmers’ hair and skin. Click here to see our entire product line, or our buyer’s guide.

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Who is this for?

If you’ve arrived to this page, you are probably wondering how to remove chlorine from your body and hair. If so, you’ve found the right place.

We are experts at removing chlorine and on this page we will give you our product recommendations, tips and tell you how to purchase our products at the best discount.

Chlorine is Sanitizing and Damaging

Chlorine is sanitizing and drying. After prolonged and repeated exposure, it will damage your hair and skin. How much chlorine irritates you depends on how sensitive you are to it. For instance, if you have light blonde and fine hair, the chlorine may turn your hair a greenish tint. Or you may have sensitive skin, and exposure to chlorine will cause you to develop a rash. This condition is commonly known as “chlorine rash”.

Because everyone is a little different, there’s not a one-size-fits-all solution to dealing with chlorine. In this article we will give you all of our best information, so you can make a good decision about which products will work for you.

Recommendations for your Body

  1. Shower Gel – Our shower gel is perfect for gently removing chlorine from your body after swimming. This product works well for most people and is our most sought after product. It gently removes the chlorine that has stuck to you while swimming. You will notice after using this product you no longer smell like chlorine which is proof the chlorine is gone.
  2. Lotion – Chlorine drys out your skin and our lotion returns this lost moisture to your skin. It also contains chlorine neutralizing agents in case you missed some spots in the shower. If you have problems with dry skin after swimming, you’ll love our lotion.
  3. Soap – We recommend using our soap at home between swims. Our soap is highly emollient (moisturizing) and washes off easily. It contains chlorine neutralizing ingredients to make sure the chlorine stays off.
  4. Spray – If you have super-sensitive skin and want our strongest chlorine neutralizing product, then our anti-chlorine spray is for you. It can be used on your hair and skin before showering. Rinse off before using our other products.

Recommendations for your Hair

  1. Conditioner – This is the product we recommend for everybody and this single product works well for most people. Yes it may seem a little weird not using shampoo after swimming, but consider this: Your hair has already been cleaned by the chlorine, and you’ve lost lots of moisture. What you need is to very gently remove the chlorine and return some of the lost moisture to your hair. Our conditioner does all of this. We recommend first trying only our conditioner after swimming and see how it works for you.
  2. Styling Protectant / Leave-in Conditioner – If the chlorine really dries out your hair or if you use heat to style your hair, then you may consider our styling protectant and leave-in conditioner. It can also be used as a pre-treatment before swimming if you wear a latex cap.
  3. Putty – If you use a hair wax or hair gel, then you may consider using our hair putty. It is a strong hold hair wax that also contains chlorine neutralizing ingredients. The big bonus to this product is that it also adds some oils back into your hair and keeps it looking healthy and feeling good. A pro tip: it can also be used as a pre-treatment before swimming if you wear a latex cap.
  4. Shampoo – Ours is a highly-specialized shampoo that removes chlorine in the most difficult hair. Our shampoo isn’t for everyone, but if your hair doesn’t play well with chlorine and you need to get it out, then consider using our shampoo. If you are more of a ‘normal’ hair person, then try using only our conditioner.
  5. Spray – This is our strongest chlorine removing product. If the chlorine turns your hair green, or if chlorine causes severe damage to your hair you may consider using our spray, then follow with our conditioner and possibly our styling protectant.

Prevent Chlorine From Damaging Your Hair

The old saying goes: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. And it’s true. Although there is no foolproof way to keep chlorine off your hair, these tips will help minimize the damage.

  1. Tap Water – Before swimming soak your hair in the shower. You hair will absorb the shower water and make it much harder for the pool water to get in. Think of your hair like a sponge. Once your hair absorbs this water it’s much less likely that more will get in. And yes, shower water does have chlorine in it, but much less than the pool water.
  2. Pre-treatment – After wetting your hair, apply our anti-chlorine conditioner, styling protectant, or hair putty. These products will all help to create a barrier to the pool water. Don’t bother with this step if you don’t wear a latex swimming cap.
  3. Latex Swimming Cap – Wear a latex swimming cap. It acts as a physical barrier and helps keep the swimming pool water away from your hair. This won’t completely keep the pool water out, but it willreduce the amount of pool water that gets on your hair.

Best Product Deals

We sell our products exclusively on our website. The best discount is to buy our bundled products.

  1. Better Together – For people who want to buy shampoo and conditioner combos.
  2. Great Value Bundles – For people who want shower gel, shampoo and conditioner combos.
  3. Recommended Bundles – For people who would like to follow our recommendations on this page.
  4. Super Bundle – For people who want just about everything we offer, and want to get our best deal.

Other Useful Information

Check out our shipping and handling and return policies. If you have questions, please contact us.

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Smells Like Chlorine on Twitter

smells like chlorine on twitter

The familiar smell of chlorine at the pool brings back strong memories for many. Smelling like the pool? A completely different story.

Here are some tweets that will shed some light on what people think about the smell of chlorine.

Our work is not done here.
You can now take one of your criteria of the list. Our new slogan: Making more relationships.
Where should we begin? Maybe here?
Very cool, now just leave the smell  at the pool.

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Anti-chlorine soap or Anti-chlorine spray?

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Goodbye Chlorine offers anti-chlorine soap, anti-chlorine shower gel, anti-chlorine shampoo, anti-chlorine conditioner, anti-chlorine spray and anti-chlorine styling products. Whew, that’s a mouthful. Which one should you use and why?

I just want to get the chlorine off!

If you’ve spent any time in a chlorinated swimming pool, you already know that chlorine has a way of just sticking around. You may have tried showering and washing multiple time, but somehow you just end up smelling like chlorine.

Your skin may feel dry or itch, and when you sweat a chlorine odor oozes from your pores. Your hair may turn dry and brittle (otherwise known as swimmer’s hair)–or even worse turn a shade of green.

Until now, swimmers have tolerated these negative effects of chlorine.

Your hair may turn dry and brittle (otherwise known as swimmer’s hair)–or even worse turn a shade of green.

What products should I use to get the chlorine off?

In order to get the chlorine off, you should use products formulated to reduce and gently remove chlorine. Goodbye Chlorine’s experts have spent years perfecting formulations that all work to remove chlorine from swimmers after leaving the pool.

Anti-chlorine Soap

As you may already know, regular soap doesn’t do a very good job of getting the chlorine off. Our soap works best at home between swims to help continue removing any residual chlorine you may have missed at the pool. Of course you can use our soaps at the pool, we just find shower gel more convenient to carry. Our soap works because it’s contains special chlorine reducing agents that break the chlorine bond.

Pro tip: Use special soap for swimmers.

Anti-chlorine Shower Gel

Anti-chlorine shower gel is our go-to after swim product. It can be used on your skin and hair. It’s highly effective at removing chlorine and gentle enough to use every day. Make sure you have some in your swim bag at all times.

Anti-chlorine Shampoo

Goodbye Chlorine shampoo will help keep your hair looking healthy. It’s a gentle shampoo and helps tame hard to manage hair. Like all of our products, our shampoo effectively removes chlorine from your hair.

Here is another great read: Keep your summer hairstyle looking good.

Anti-chlorine Conditioner

Our conditioner is swimmer’s secret weapon to keeping their hair looking “normal”. No longer do swimmers have to look like platinum blonde porcupines. Our conditioner moisturizes your hair, and provides plenty of slip to assist with comb-out. You won’t believe how easy it is to maintain good-looking hair when regularly using our conditioner.

Anti-chlorine Spray

Our spray is best used if you have fine blonde hair, or a hyper-sensitivity to chlorine. Use our spray on your hair and skin and follow with our shower gel, shampoo and conditioner. Our spray works well if you are trying to repair damaged “swimmer’s hair”.

Our spray works well if you are trying to repair damaged “swimmer’s hair”.

Anti-Chlorine Soap
Anti-Chlorine Spray for Swimmers
Anti-Chlorine Spray

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Anti-chlorine Styling Products

Goodbye Chlorine has developed styling products that neutralize chlorine, protect and add style to your hair.

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Swimming Every Day? Three Chlorine Protection Tips You Need to Know.

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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.

Goodbye Chlorine is committed to manufacturing high-quality personal care products that make swimming more enjoyable by combating the damaging effects of chlorine. Shop for all of our chlorine removal products here.

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How do swimmers get the chlorine off?

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You may have noticed that after swimming you smell like chlorine. No matter how hard you try the chlorine just sticks to you. You may have tried different types of soap, body wash and shampoo, but the chlorine just sticks. Many swimmers have tried D.I.Y. home remedies such as tomato juice, vinegar and even ketchup. But these methods don’t seem to work either. Help! Do you just want to get the chlorine off? Keep reading.

How do swimmers deal with chlorine?

Well,  some swimmers do put up with dry itchy skin and even the chlorine smell.  But if you would rather leave the chlorine in the pool and have hair that looks normal, then keep on reading.

Chlorine smells.

No doubt about it, chlorine smells. You can smell a swimming pool from a block away. Going to a swim meet? As you walk around looking for the pool, sometimes your nose is better than a GPS. Yup, that’s the pool, smells like chlorine.

Chlorine sticks.

Chlorine creates a strong bond with your skin and hair. As you swim, it tries to sterilize everything organic, and you are the largest chlorine magnet in the pool. Quite simply, chlorine loves swimmers and it creates a strong bond with them. After swimming, swimmer’s hair and skin are very clean, however, they also have lots of chlorine on them.

Chlorine is toxic.

Did you know the first chemical agent used in warfare was chlorine gas? Yes, it is a very toxic substance and can kill you. Itis deemed safe if used at levels prescribed for use in pools, but like any chemical, accumulation can raise these levels far above what health experts would like. Have you noticed how your eyes burn after exposure to the swimming pool, or how your skin gets dry and itchy. This is the effect of accumulation.

When chlorine accumulates on your hair, it will cause it to be dry, brittle and unmanageable. This is commonly called “swimmer’s hair” or “chlorine hair”.

What do you need to get chlorine off?

The key to getting chlorine off is to use products that break the chlorine bond and gently wash it away. You don’t need a strong soap, but you need a gentle soap designed to get the chlorine off.

Use these swimming-specific products to get the chlorine off after swimming:

  1. Soap or shower gel for your skin.
  2. Shampoo and conditioner for your hair.
  3. Chlorine neutralizing spray for your hair and skin if the chlorine is exceptionally bad.
  4. Styling products.
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How Swimmers Protect Their Hair from Chlorine

How Swimmers Protect Their Hair

Men’s Hair Expert David Alexander gives his advice and 5 tips on how swimmers protect their hair in his article: How to Avoid Swimmers Hair in the Pool: Say Goodbye to Swimmers Hair.

He’s noticed, “I know several guys who spend their summers swimming and then buzz their heads to remove the damaged hair. That’s fine, but unless you want to end up giving yourself a buzzcut, maintaining your hair while swimming is important.”

How Swimmers Protect Their Hair from Chlorine:

  1. Saturate your hair with a mixture of water and conditioner before you swim.
  2. Wear a swim cap to help protect your hair from the chlorine.
  3. Swim in salt water rather than a chlorinated pool if possible.
  4. Clean your hair after swimming. He recommends a conditioning shampoo. (Goodbye chlorine has shampoo and conditioner on sale.)
  5. Keep your hair trimmed regularly to keep your hair looking healthy.

Looking for personal care products made for swimmers? Our products get the chlorine out.

Swimmers enjoy the benefits of our chlorine removal products:

  1. Effectively neutralize chlorine.
  2. Gently washes away chlorine.
  3. Restores and hydrates returning moisture to the hair and skin.

You can find products like our Original Hair Conditioner for swimmers, the #1 hair product we recommend, and our handmade chlorine removal soaps. All of our products are handmade with pure ingredients, and as a result, they are very high quality. They are also gentle enough to use daily.

David gives some sage advice about how swimmers protect their hair from chlorine. We hope to make it a little easier.

Read the entire article here: How to Avoid Swimmers Hair in the Pool Say Goodbye to Swimmers Hair By David Alexander Men’s Hair Expert

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Protect Your Hair Color Before and After Swimming

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Your summer plans will undoubtedly include spending time at the pool, and when you do, it’s important to protect your hair color before and after swimming.

Sable Yong at StyleCaster offers up some great tips for protecting your color and keeping your hair looking good.

She writes about what to do before, and after swimming.

Sable Recommends This After Swimming

Wash it out. Rather than shampooing before swimming (which makes no sense), it does help to wash your hair with a bit of clarifying shampoo directly after swimming in a pool. The chlorine and other drying chemicals lingering in your hair will do more damage if left in, so removing it throughly will prevent that damage altogether.

We agree! And there is no better product on the market to instantly remove the chlorine from your hair than our Original Shower Gel for swimmers.

Read Sable’s post to read all of her hair color protection tips, and remember, pack Goodbye Green’s shower gel for swimmers with you this summer when you head to the pool.

Although Sable has great advice, here are four of our best tips:

Protect Your Hair Color Before and After Swimming

  • Wet you hair in the shower before swimming.
    Take a shower and getting your hair wet before swimming. It is one of the best things you can do to protect your hair. By doing so, your hair absorbs tap water and then is more resistant to absorbing pool water.
  • Use a leave-in conditioner.
    Put a small amount of leave-in conditioner on your hair before you get in the pool. The best conditioner to use is our hair conditioner. It is formulated to neutralize chlorine, so it will create a barrier between the chlorinated pool water and your hair.
  • Wear a swim cap.
    If you do put a conditioner on your hair before you get in the pool, you should also wear a latex swimming cap. Not only will this help keep the conditioner in your hair, it will also act as a physical barrier to keep the pool water off your hair.
  • Use Goodbye Chlorine conditioner after swimming.
    Our best tip is to use our conditioner after swimming. It should be the only thing you need to keep your hair looking great. Our conditioner restores moisture, releases chlorine and gently cleans your hair. We have formulated our conditioner with Aztec Clay which bonds to impurities and carries them away. Think of our conditioner as the inverse of a conditioning shampoo. It’s a cleaning conditioner. Our hair conditioner is formulated for swimmers and it should be the only product you need to keep your hair looking great after swimming. If you must, then use our shower gel to shampoo your hair.

Goodbye Chlorine makes products for swimmers. We manufacture soap, shower gel, conditioner and styling products for swimmers. They all work to eliminate chlorine.