Is icky chlorine build up wreaking havoc on your kid’s hair? You know, the crunchy, waxy kind that creeps up at the end of the summer? Try one of these shampoos that’ll turn her mop of straw into soft, silky locks—and send her from the pool right back to school.
[Editor’s Pick!] UltraSwim Chlorine Removal Shampoo
Found at: Bed, Bath & Beyond, CVS, jet.com, Target, Walgreens, Ulta Beauty
Price range: $5–10
Heads up: You can feel the difference after just one wash thanks to the Vitamin E and aloe ingredients that help recondition her hair. It’s super kid friendly, too—meaning no tears!
Good to know: Ultraswim conditioner also available.
Fairy Tales Clarifying Shampoo
Found at: Bed, Bath & Beyond, BuyBuy Baby, Ulta Beauty, diapers.com
Price range: $9.50–$13
Heads up: Designed for little fishies who practically live in the pool, this organic shampoo helps remove chlorine, salt water and that green tinge that sometimes creeps into the hair.
Good to know: The fruity extracts help give hair an overall deep clean, and puts the shine back into dull braids.
Circle of Friends George's Swimmers Shampoo
Found at: amazon.com, diapers.com, JC Penney
Price range: $8-15
Heads up: George’s is a tear-free shampoo that helps conquer the battle of brittle hair. Its coconut-derived ingredients break down chlorine build up and replenish the condition of otherwise dry, damaged hair.
Good to know: For a deeper clean, work the shampoo into dry hair first, then leave for a few minutes before wetting, lathering and rinsing.
Malibu Swimmers Wellness Shampoo
Found at: amazon.com, swimoutlet.com, Ulta Beauty, Walgreens
Price range: $11–$19
Heads up: The active ingredients that combat damage caused by harsh pool chemicals and sea salt work well for kids and teens. Plus, this shampoo is 100% vegan, sulfate-, paraben- and gluten-free.
Good to know: Malibu conditioner and weekly hair treatment also available.
Aubrey Organics Swimmer's Normalizing Shampoo
Found at: amazon.com, jet.com, swimoutlet.com, Vitamin Shoppe, Walmart
Price range: $7.50–$11
Heads up: Aubrey’s sweet formula that includes corn syrup, cocunut oil, shea butter and citrus seed extracts helps restore the natural ph balance in hair. No more sun-, sweat-, or salt-stress here—yay!
Good to know: Works well for blondes and is safe for color-treated hair, too.
Triswim Chlorine/Salt Water Out Shampoo
Found at: swimoutlet.com, Walmart
Price range: $9.50–$16
Heads up: This one has it all! Its special formula plus added vitamins and moisturizers are gentle on the hair but uber tough on chlorine, salt water and those yucky chemical odors that build up with all that pool time. Plus, it also works as an everyday shampoo.
Good to know: The chamomile and watercress ingredients help with dandruff or dry, itchy scalps, too!
Looking to try a natural option for her hair? Jackie Salas, hair stylist at Unisex hair salon at the Menlo Park Mall in Edison recommends a DIY alternative. "Swimmer shampoos are great, but if you're attempting to remove chlorine late in the summer and there's already a lot of build up in your child's hair," Salas says, "you can also try an easy at-home treatment using baking soda. Simply mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with some warm water into a smooth paste. Work it into your kid's hair and let it sit for about an hour, then wash out," she adds.
"You can do this once, twice or even three times a week, and it will make a difference."
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