The Best Shampoos to Protect Your Hair from Chlorine This Summer
Long days spent lounging by the pool? Fabulous. Your fresh highlights taking on a greenish tinge? Not so much. Between the metals and chlorine in the water and the constant sun exposure, your locks are most prone to changing color (and becoming brittle) in the summer. Luckily, a chelating shampoo can protect your tresses against all of these common culprits (and even battle the effects of hard water). Here, five of the best.
Paul Mitchell Clarifying Shampoo Three
This salon favorite works double duty to repel any mineral buildup and hydrate strands thanks to chlorine-removing sodium thiosulfate and nourishing coconut oil. The result? Gorgeous, glossy hair—even after a weekend pool party.
Fairy Tales Lifeguard Clarifying Shampoo
Though it’s technically “for kids,” this botanical cleanser works just as well on grown-ups. The gentle formula removes sea salt, chlorine and daily grime without stripping strands of moisture and shine. Pack a bottle for your next family vacation.
Ultraswim Chlorine Removal Shampoo
Specifically formulated to eliminate copper deposits and other oxidized metals that can cause damage, this drugstore pick (and swimmer favorite) is gentle enough for everyday use and safe for all hair types (including permed and color-treated strands).
Malibu C Swimmers Wellness Shampoo
This sulfate-free wash is surprisingly powerful. With chelating agents and nourishing ingredients like Pro Vitamin B5 and flax protein in the formula, it tackles brittle, brassy tresses by removing copper buildup and injecting moisture. It also doubles as a body wash (so you can save space in your shower).
Many curly-haired ladies shy away from clarifying shampoos (for fear of stripping away their natural oils), but this chelating formula is designed specifically with curls in mind. Packed with non-stripping ingredients (like orange flower extract and coconut oil), the low-lathering shampoo removes grime and dulling residue while keeping locks nourished.