8 Shampoos That Will Save Your Hair From Sun & Chlorine This Summer

The one thing that wrecks a perfect day by the pool is the aftermath — that moment when you get out and try to comb through your hair. With your ends sticky and tangled, you're mentally kicking yourself for dipping your head underwater. Chlorine in the pool and salt in the ocean can coat hair, making each strand feel brittle and dehydrated, but the worst thing you can do is haphazardly throw your hair up in a topknot. Instead, take the time to get those chemicals out the right way.

According to Linda de Zeeuw, stylist at NYC's Rob Peetoom Salon, that process starts with a clarifying shampoo. "Most professional hair brands have created products designed specifically to protect the hair from the chlorine, sun, or salt damage," explains de Zeeuw. "While the shampoo is not always the end-all fix — it's best coupled with a good leave-in conditioner or a detangling spray — it will definitely make a huge difference."

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Ahead, find the pro's guide to the best chlorine-removing shampoos. Stock up now, and quickly rehab any damage done over the weekend.

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Bounce Curl Enzyme Gentle Clarifying Shampoo


This gentle clarifying shampoo — designed specifically for curly types — cleanses strands from root to tip, leaving hair clean, shiny, and full of bounce factor.
Bounce Curl Bounce Curl Enzyme Gentle Clarifying Shampoo$22.99 $19.99 Buy

Tresemme Ultimate Hydration Shampoo


Help can come from the drugstore, according to celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan, who loves this big bottle of Tresemme shampoo. "I love this shampoo for all hair types — anyone looking for a quick fix after chlorine, salt, and sun dehydration," she tells us. "It is super moisturizing, but washes out clean."
TRESemmé Tresemme Ultimate Hydration Shampoo - 22 Fl Oz, 22 Oz$15.95 Buy

Moroccanoil Clarifying Shampoo


Celebrity stylist Bryce Scarlett (Margot Robbie's red-carpet go-to guy) tells us that his top pick for rehabbing summer damage is Moroccanoil's ocean-blue bottle, the Clarifying formulation. "This shampoo gently strips hair of buildup caused by salt or chlorine without drying it out," he says. "I've found that it works on all hair lengths and textures, and basically deep-cleans the scalp to rehab dull, greasy, or limp roots."
Moroccanoil Clarifying Shampoo$26.00 Buy
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Malibu C Swimmers Wellness Shampoo


If you were on your high-school swim team, this Malibu C label may look familiar. It was created specifically to help competitive swimmers — who are in and out of the pool every day — keep their hair healthy out of the swim cap. "It's a gentle shampoo that prevents hair damage and discoloration caused by the pool," explains de Zeeuw. "So, if you're blonde, it will lift out any green and keep your color vibrant and shiny."
Malibu C Malibu C Swimmers Wellness Shampoo$16.00 Buy

Kérastase Soleil Shampoo


The damaging trifecta — sun, chlorine, and salt water — are practically undone by this Kérastase shampoo. "It's an anti-damage shampoo that actually fortifies your hair after sun exposure, leaving it stronger after one shower," explains de Zeeuw. Try f0llowing it with the brand's Masque Après Soleil Hair Mask to get each strand extra smooth.
Kerastase Hair Bain Après Soleil Shampoo$33.00 Buy

Christophe Robin Purifying Shampoo


The dryness or buildup you feel after squeezing pool water out of your hair is caused by offset pH levels, which is where this purifying shampoo comes into play. Marjan loves that it restores any chemical imbalance in the hair, creating healthier strands as a result.
Christophe Robin Purifying Shampoo with Jujube Bark Extract$38.00 Buy

Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo


You don't want to use this stuff every day, but after hopping in the pool, it will be your godsend — especially if you have thick hair that's prone to frizz. "This is an amazing detoxifying shampoo," says Marjan. "It removes mineral buildup in the hair, but it is pretty stripping, so you don't want to overdo it if your hair is fine."
Bumble and bumble Bb.Sunday Shampoo$26.00 Buy

Ouidad Water Works Clarifying Shampoo


Another good pick for natural hair is a clarifying shampoo that cleans away buildup without stripping the hair of moisture. This one from Ouidad reboots curls after weeks of co-washing or a long day of swimming.
Ouidad Water Works Clarifying Shampoo$10.00 Buy
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