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 just in time for school.
[Editor’s Pick!] UltraSwim Chlorine Removal Shampoo
Found at: Amazon, Bed, Bath & Beyond, CVS, Target, Walgreens, Walmart, Ulta Beauty
Price range: $5–15
Heads up: You can feel the difference after just one wash thanks to the Vitamin E and aloe that help recondition her hair. It’s super kid friendly, too, meaning no tears!
Good to know: Ultraswim conditioner also available.
Found at: Amazon, Fairy Tales Hair Care, Ulta
Price range: $8-17
Heads up: Designed for little fishies who practically live at the pool, this organic shampoo helps remove chlorine, salt water and that green tinge that sometimes creeps into hair.
Good to know: The fruity extracts help give hair an overall deep clean, and put the shine back into dull braids.
Found at: Amazon, Malibu C, Walmart
Price range: $30-36
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 percent vegan, sulfate-, paraben- and gluten-free.
Good to know: Malibu conditioner and weekly hair treatment also available.
Found at: Amazon, SwimOutlet.com
Price range: $6–$24
Heads up: This one’s good to keep chlorine in check if you’re at the pool, but won’t get to shower until later after pizza with friends. Spritz hair a couple of times after a quick rinse to remove the funky chorine smell and be on your way. Shampoo hair as normal later. Fragrance- and sulfate-free.
Good to know: You can spray it on your skin, too.
Found at: Amazon, SBR Sports, Inc., SwimOutlet.com, Walmart
Price range: $11-40
Heads up: This one has it all! Its special formula plus added vitamins and moisturizers are gentle on the hair, but über-tough on chlorine, salt water and yucky chemical odors. Plus, it also works as an everyday shampoo.
Good to know: The chamomile and watercress help with dandruff or dry, itchy scalps, too!
Remove Chlorine Naturally
Looking to try a natural option for her hair? Jackie Salas, hair stylist at Unisex Stylists 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, you can also try an easy at-home treatment using baking soda,” says Salas. 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. “You can do this once, twice or even three times a week, and it’ll make a difference.”
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