How Does Anti-Chlorine Shampoo Work?

For swimmers by trade and frequent pool-goers, the effects of chlorine are worth considering. You’ve likely heard that swimming in a pool can turn blond hair a greenish hue. But, many don’t realize the full extent of chlorine’s adverse effects on hair of all shades, lengths, and textures. 

In this article, we’ll discuss how to offset the effects of chlorine on hair with anti-chlorine shampoo, a unique product that can nourish your locks after a long day at the pool. We’ll also cover the long-term effects of chlorine on hair, including dryness, breakage, and frizziness. 

What is Chlorine?

Chlorine is a chemical element that works as a disinfectant. It’s widely used to kill bacteria in swimming pool water, keeping it safe and germ-free for swimmers. Chlorine reduces swimmers’ risk of catching waterborne illnesses. 

Will Chlorine Ruin My Hair?

Chlorine can ruin your hair over time by robbing it of its natural oils, leaving it dry, weak, and brittle. Additionally, many people who swim regularly experience scalp redness and irritation from chlorine. 

Hair is naturally porous, meaning that it can absorb and retain moisture. So, when exposed to chlorinated water, it will absorb the chlorine. Frequent chlorine exposure is also known to make hair strands more porous than usual. This causes hair to be more prone to breakage and damage.  

Does Chlorine Discolor Hair?

Chlorine doesn’t directly discolor hair. Instead, the copper found in pool water oxidizes when it’s exposed to chlorine and water. The oxidized copped can then attach to the proteins in hair, giving blond hair a green tint. 

How Bad Is Chlorine for Your Hair?

Chlorine is very bad for your hair if you’re frequently exposed to chlorinated water. Without protection from anti-chlorine shampoo, chlorine can inflict significant damage on your hair. 

Does Chlorine Water Cause Hair Loss?

Chlorine water doesn’t cause hair loss. This was confirmed by a study published in the Journal of Dermatology, which found that professional swimmers didn’t have higher rates of hair loss than non-swimmers.

However, in this study, the swimmers were likelier to have coarse, damaged hair than the non-swimmers. 

Does Wetting Your Hair Protect It From Chlorine?

Wetting your hair protects it from chlorine to an extent. If you thoroughly rinse your hair with non-chlorinated water before heading to the pool, it fills the hair shafts with chemical-free water. 

Rinsing your hair before swimming decreases the drying and weakening effects of chlorine on hair but doesn’t eliminate them. For complete protection against the effects of chlorine, especially for those who are regularly exposed to chlorinated water, an anti-chlorine conditioner is a more reliable solution than wetting your hair. Swimmers can also use Trihard’s Pre & Post Swim Conditioner, a product that’s specifically formulated to prevent chlorine-related damage, dryness, and itchiness. 

How Do You Remove Chlorine From Your Scalp?

You can remove chlorine from your scalp by washing it thoroughly with anti-chlorine shampoo. The anti-chlorine shampoo contains powerful purifying ingredients that remove built-up chemicals. 


Swimmers Shampoo from Trihard is a highly-rated anti-chlorine shampoo featuring proprietary cleansing technology with red algae, dead sea minerals, and botanical extracts. The formula can be used after chlorine exposure to prevent and treat itchiness, irritation, and breakage. It’s a safe, effective way to remove chlorine from your scalp for softer, healthier hair. 

Trihard also offers an Extra Boost formulation for swimmers seeking a powerful, refreshing boost. This product contains extra menthol for a cooling effect on the scalp. Consider purchasing both as a bundle to address your changing needs: the classic version is ideal for gentle use, while the Extra Boost formula can tackle stubborn irritation after your longest days at the pool and help prevent sweat post-swim while regulating body temperature.

Does Any Shampoo Remove Chlorine From Hair?

Yes, specially-formulated shampoos remove chlorine from hair. 

Anti-chlorine hair care products are essential sports care products for aquatic athletes but can also benefit casual swimmers who suffer from scalp itchiness and hair breakage. Trihard’s Swimmers Shampoo features a gentle formula that’s alcohol-free, cruelty-free, vegan, paraben-free, and GMO-free. The following key ingredients work together to remove chlorine and salt water from hair while soothing the scalp:

  • Magnesium Chloride, Dead Sea Salts, Red Algae - eliminate pool chemicals and odors
  • Argan Oil, Shea Oil, Keratin, Jojoba Oil, Red Algae - hydrate dry hair post-swim
  • Aloe Vera, Menthol, Red Algae - relieve irritated scalp post-swim
  • Menthol - provides energizing effect

Wash ASAP to Remove Chlorine From Hair

Along with using Trihard’s hair care products for swimmers, wash your hair as soon as possible after swimming. The longer you wait, the higher your risk of experiencing hair dryness and scalp irritation. Many pools include showers and even poolside shower heads for a prompt rinse. 

Do Swimmers Need Special Shampoo?

Swimmers need special shampoo to prevent scalp irritation and hair damage, including split ends and breakage.

Special anti-chlorine shampoo can also help make swimmers’ hair more manageable, as chlorine tends to cause dryness, frizziness, and coarseness. Many swimmers find it useful to create a complete hair care routine to nourish their strands before and after hitting the pool. So, in addition to the Swimmers Shampoo, Trihard offers a Pre & Post Swim Conditioner as an added protective layer against the effects of chlorine exposure.

The Pre & Post Swim Conditioner contains glycerin and Trihard’s proprietary cleansing technology to reduce chlorine absorption, reducing the risk of dryness and breakage before it occurs. This unique conditioner also contains jojoba oil, almond oil, shea butter, red algae, and dead sea minerals to hydrate and soften hair while restoring texture.

Anti-chlorine shampoo and conditioner from Trihard help swimmers maintain a healthy scalp with smooth, hydrated hair. Trihard products are ideal for people on the move with constant exposure to chlorine. Professional athletes such as Ironman World Champion Lucy Charles, Tess Cieplucha, Catie DeLoof, and Kira Toussaint believe in our products and consider them perfect for their regular self-care routines.

Browse Trihard’s complete product line to create your anti-chlorine hair care routine.

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