Sick of that straw hair feeling from all your pool time? Swim-specific shampoos can make a big difference in defending against chlorine.

 

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Sick of that straw hair feeling from all your pool time? Swim-specific shampoos can make a big difference in defending against chlorine and salt water damage. Restore your hair health with one of these products.

Best for …

Long hair

Ultraswim Shampoo

Long locks may cause you to go through shampoo faster, but at only $5 a bottle, Ultraswim won’t break the bank yet it does its job of removing harsh pool chemicals. $4.95, Swimoutlet.com
(or local drugstore)

Pre-pool protection

Reflect H2O Pre-swim

Put this gel on wet or dry hair before you get in the pool and it will seal the cuticles to help lock in moisture. $13.95, Swimoutlet.com

Curly or color-treated locks

Ouidad Water Works

Ouidad has dubbed itself the “curl experts” and made this lemon, grapefruit and orange-scented shampoo to cater to those with color-treated or curly hair. $16, Ouidad.com

Outdoor swimming

Philip Kingsley Swimcap

Comb the “Swimcap” through damp hair before you swim to protect it from salt water or chlorine—it even contains sunscreen to prevent sun damage. $35, Phillipkingsley.com

Maintaining volume

Triswim Shampoo

Triswim uses aloe vera and vitamins to moisturize hair without making it super flat, helpful for those in the pool several times a week. $13.20, Shop.triswimbeauty.com