Anyone that swims in a chlorinated swimming pool regularly is used to the problem of chlorine build up in hair. One of the best ways to prevent build up is to saturate the hair with water approximately 15 minutes before entering the pool. This allows the hair to absorb this water and not the pool water. While it is true that normal tap water contains some chlorine, it is much less chlorinated than most municipal swimming pools. The shampoos that remove chlorine from the hair best use a chemical from the Dow Corporation called ethylendiamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA). This chemical binds (chelates) with the chlorine and can be washed from the hair. It is also used as a cleaning ingredient in many industries. For those that prefer a more organic solution, use citric acid from fruits or a rice-based chelate.
This popular shampoo for swimmers contains vitamin E, aloe and other conditioners which help add moisture back to the hair. The manufacturer claims that it is gentle enough for everyday use and that it is suitable for all types of hair including permed, lightened and color treated. It contains EDTA. The price as of 2010 is approximately $5 for a 7-oz. bottle. The company also offers a conditioner.
Another popular shampoo for swimmers is TriSwim. The manufacturers of TriSwim have a whole line of products for swimmers. The company boasts its social responsibility by supporting the Challenged Athlete Foundation. These products are not tested on animals. The shampoo contains five agents that assist in containing the chlorine, including EDTA. Additionally, it offers organic aloe vera, vitamins A and E, and pro vitamin B5. It is safe for permed and color treated hair. It has a light citrus fragrance and removes the chlorine smell. The price as of 2010 is approximately $13.50 for an 8-oz. bottle, but the company also sells it in bulk.
Lanza Swim & Sun Daily Chelating Shampoo
This shampoo uses a natural rice chelator which attaches to the chlorine. It is sulfate and EDTA free. It uses a hair protein factor (HPF 30) that guards against 30 factors that cause dry, brittle hair. It uses keratin amino acids, meadowfoam flower seed complex, vitamin C, silicone that penetrates the hair to repel water from entering, cactus flower extract, seaweed and kukui nut oil. As of 2010, the price is $19 for a 6.8-oz. bottle.