How to Remove Chlorine from Hair

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How to Get Chlorine out of Your Hair After Swimming

Forget summer straw hair.  Forget about the greenish tinge you get from over-chlorinated pools. Natural blondes and those with highlighted hair know exactly what I’m talking about.

Learn how to quickly and easily remove chlorine from hair without spending a fortune on over-priced hair products that don’t work.

This super easy process includes a DIY chlorine-removing rinse that will leave your hair healthy, shiny, and soft.

No more straw hair. No more weird green tinge. Just beautiful shiny hair.

+ You won’t have to weigh your hair down with tons of conditioner and other products to have fantastic hair all year long.

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The Process to Remove Chlorine from Hair after Swimming.

Whether you are a daily swimmer or just love the pool during summer, this process will protect your lovely locks so they’ll look great every day.


Why Removing Chlorine from My hair Became My Mission.

About 8 months ago I broke several bones in my foot and had to give up pretty much all exercise that had anything to do with feet – no running, no walking – not even biking. So I decided to hit the pool, something I hadn’t done since I swam competitively in High School.

I’m a highlighted blonde with waist-length hair and after a month in the pool, my hair was dry and looked like straw + it had a lovely greenish tinge.  Not a cool mermaid green, more swamp water green. Not an attractive look.

I tried everything… slathering my hair with so much conditioner before swimming that I swam in an oil slick, I’m sure my fellow swimmers did not appreciate this method.  It didn’t work.

I tried coconut oil, I tried olive oil, I tried super over-priced chlorine removing shampoo and conditioner.  None of it worked.

So I started my search for a simple DIY routine that would get the chlorine out of my hair and make it healthy, shiny, and smooth.

After a bunch of research, I discovered that there was very little useful information online, most articles had very little information or were written just to sell a product.

So I decided to try a couple of the ideas.  The chlorine-removing products use vitamin C or ascorbic acid to neutralize the chlorine bond.

I also came across a bunch of information about giving up shampoo and commercial conditioners completely.  When I washed my hair I always had to drown my hair in a conditioner, then add oils, and serums, leave-in conditioners, a special product if I wanted to let my hair dry naturally, and a different one if I wanted my hair straight… I had cabinets of products…

And on my mission to remove the chlorine from my hair I bought even more products.

None of them worked.

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Proven Method of Removing Chlorine From Hair

I swim 5 or 6 days a week and I didn’t want to give up swimming but my hair was a mess.

I tried a ton of things that didn’t work. Then I finally stumbled onto a process that works perfectly. It is easy to maintain + inexpensive – no more overpriced specialized products that just don’t work.

Here’s how I keep my hair looking great + I’ve thrown out almost all my hair products & dare I say, even shampoo and conditioner. 

Yep, no commercial shampoos or conditioners. 

Step #1

Before getting into the pool make sure your hair is fully saturated with clean fresh water – apparently once your hair is wet it doesn’t absorb as much of the chlorinated water.

Step #2

Wear a swim cap.

Step #3

Immediately following your swim rinse your hair in fresh non-chlorinated water.

Step #4

Rinse your hair with 16 oz of water mixed with 1/2 T of vitamin C powder.

Step #5

Wash your hair with a hair rinse made with rose petals and chamomile tea.  This replaces your shampoo & conditioner. It’s so simple to make. Check out the instructions below.

Step #6

Let it sit on your hair for a minute or two.  Use this time to spray your body with vitamin C powder mixed with water – I like to add essential oils – to remove the chlorine from your body and swimsuit.

Step #7

Rinse out and you are done.  No shampoo when you get home, no conditioner, just healthy soft, and shiny hair.

The first week this might feel weird as your hair adjusts. You might need to use a little leave-in conditioner or a tiny pea-sized ball of coconut oil if your hair is tangled.  Just use a little less each day until you’ve weaned yourself off the conditioner.




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DIY After-swim Rose and Chamomile Rinse for Blonde or Highlighted Hair

Summer is coming! If you have blonde hair or colored hair you know that long sessions in a chlorinated pool can really do a number on your hair. This simple rinse replaces your shampoo + conditioner routine and leaves your hair amazingly soft and shiny.
Print Recipe


  • .5 C Rose Petals
  • 3 or 4 tea bags Chamolille tea
  • 1/4 t coconut oil
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • .5 t baking soda


How to Make the Rose Chamomile After Swim Rinse

  • Bring 1½ cups of water to a boil, add rose petals, steep rose petals for 5 minutes covered.
  • Bring 1½ cups of water to a boil, add chamomile tea bags, steep for 5 minutes covered.
  • Strain rose petal water and chamomile tea into a glass jar or bottle.
  • Add coconut oil and shake to mix.
  • add rosemary and peppermint essential oils. Shake to mix.
  • Add baking soda and mix to dissolve. The baking soda might fizz a little - nothing to worry about. Let mixture cool to room temperature. DO NOT STORE IN THE REFRIGERATOR.

To Use the Rinse

  • Add just enough of the rinse to a squeeze bottle. Keep remaining rinse in the glass jar. Squeeze mixture onto wet hair to saturate and massage into hair and scalp.
  • Let it sit on hair for a couple of minutes, then rinse.



Helpful tips:

  • If you use this daily this should last about a week to 10 days.  
  • If the ends of your hair are a little dry when you first start using the rinse, apply a little rose oil onto the ends (only the ends).
  • The first couple of weeks your hair may feel a little dryer you can use a leave-in conditioner to detangle hair.
  • After using this rinse for a couple of weeks you might find that you might need to reduce the time you leave this on your hair or reduce the amount of coconut oil in your mix.
  • If you color your hair - don't use this the day before coloring.
  • Don't swim in a chlorinated pool for 2 or 3 days after coloring your hair.  I color mine on Friday and can get back in the pool by Monday.
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