How to Remove Chlorine From Hair

If you enjoy swimming, you are subject to getting chlorine in the hair unless you wear a swimmer's cap. The chlorine keeps the water bacteria-free, but it can be damaging to your hair. This makes it important to properly wash your hair immediately after swimming to minimize chlorine damage. Washing your hair directly after swimming will help avoid the green hair tint that is caused by chlorine, along with brittle, dry hair that is caused by the chemical content of the chlorine.

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Wash chlorine out of your hair with baking soda.

Step 1

Rinse your hair with plain water immediately after swimming if you are unable to wash it entirely. Also rinse the hair before swimming as this will reduce the amount of chlorine water that is absorbed into hair.

Step 2

Squirt a dollop of shampoo into your palm along with 1 tbsp. baking soda. Work the shampoo and baking soda mixture into your hair, lathering it well. Let the mixture sit for about two minutes, then rinse.

Step 3

Mix a combination of 1 quart water and 1/4 cup white vinegar in a bottle or jar, and rinse the hair with this solution. Let the vinegar water sit on the hair for two minutes, then rinse with clear water. This restores the natural acidity of your hair that the chlorine stripped away.

Step 4

Condition your hair with a thick, deep conditioning treatment to restore moisture. This will reduce the dryness that is commonly associated with chlorinated water. Let the conditioner sit for about five minutes then rinse the hair.