We love the low impact cardio & resistance training that swimming provides. We love the amazing refreshed feeling after a great session in the pool. But we don’t love chlorine turning our fresh highlights green or leaving our ends brittle. We’re guessing you don’t either so here are the hair care products we’ve road-tested for you so you can keep on freestyling in the water without worrying about ruining your locks.
Pro tip: always rinse you hair in the shower before diving in the pool. This will help your hair absorb the fresh water and significantly less of the chlorinated pool water. Once your swim sesh is over cleanse twice from roots to ends with a clarifying shampoo, follow with a hydrating conditioner through the ends and finish with a nourishing oil.
Renowned as holy grail hair care for swimmers Paul Mitchell is a cult fave for removing chlorine without stripping your hair of natural oils. Gently cleanses to remove chlorine, iron and minerals we promise you’ll never experience green highlights again! Paraben free but not advertised as colour safe so you may prefer to opt for their Shampoo Two if concerned about your coloured hair or experience excess oil.
Yours for £11.95 (300ml).
Not just for sun protection this colour safe formula will rid your locks of any trace of chlorine & chemicals as well as product build up. No drying effects thanks to hydrating ingredients like tamanu oil & certified organic coconut oil. The blend of certified organic oils mean this shampoo smells delicious with hints of ylang ylang.
£19.50 for 250ml.
Head Educator of Living Proof Europe & celebrity hairdresser Stephanie Stevenson says the Restore Shampoo will “replace any lost moisture and with OFPMA molecule which will protect the hair against chlorine entering as it creates a protective coating that is hydrophobic meaning water & moisture repellant. Perfect for swimming!” It’s also sulfate & silicone free and safe for coloured locks.
£24 for 236ml.
This luxe cream will purify your hair of hard water minerals, chlorine, copper & product to reveal refreshed, smooth tresses. Enriched with fruity acids we loved the extra shine for hair you can’t help but keep running your fingers through.
£14.50 for 300ml.
Moroccan or Argan oil products are amazing for restoring moisture into your hair to counteract the drying effects of chlorine. This baby will remove any hard minerals & impurities that leave your hair lifeless. It’s also colour-safe, sulphate & paraben free instead infused with argan & avocado oils, keratin, lavender & jojoba extracts so it smells dreamy too.
£18.95 for 250ml
Don’t forget to hydrate your hair post swim & shower. This award winning oil is perfect for all hair types to deliver intense hydration without weighing it down or leaving your locks greasy. It also controls frizz and offers heat styling protectant – perfect! The lightweight formula combines maize, argan, camellia & pracaxi oils to nourish and leave hair feeling like silk.
£39.50 for 100ml.
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