Beauty Hair Hair Products & Tools 10 Shampoos That Will Remove Chlorine (And Green Color) From Your Hair By InStyle Editors InStyle Editors Facebook Instagram Twitter Our editors and writers comprise decades of expertise across the beauty, fashion, lifestyle and wellness spaces in print and digital. We prioritize journalistic integrity, factual accuracy, and also having fun with every story we share. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on July 26, 2022 @ 08:15AM Pin Share Tweet Email Trending Videos Photo: Lumina/Stocksy A dip in the pool is the ultimate relief from hot weather, but for your hair, it can be the source of a ton of stress. While it's known for drying out hair, making it feel stiff and brittle, it also comes with the risk of having lighter hair colors — especially blonde — take on an unexpected green tone. But why exactly does this happen? Research shows that the culprit is hard metals, like copper, found in water. When chlorine enters the picture, it oxidizes the metals, which then attach themselves to the hair shaft and turn the hair green. Fortunately, there are some shampoos out there that can completely rewind that effect; they're called chelating shampoos, and they remove the build-up on your hair. We put together a list of our 10 favorites that do just that. How to Protect Your Hair From Chlorine 01 of 10 Paul Mitchell Shampoo Three Chlorine Removing Cleanser Courtesy Buy Now While some clarifying shampoos may be too harsh for certain hair types, that's not the case here. Paul Mitchell Shampoo Three offers a deep cleanse that can remove chlorine, salt — even excess dry shampoo — without compromising your texture or shine. Bonus: It smells amazing. 02 of 10 Ultraswim Chlorine Removal Shampoo Courtesy Buy Now Talk about a cheap thrill — just $6 is all you need to rid your hair of any chemicals that could cause your luxe dye job to shift in shade. For a color-safe post-cleanse, Ultraswim also boasts an Ultra Repair Conditioner ($10) for chlorine exposed hair — in case you were wondering. 03 of 10 Babo Botanicals Swim & Sport Shampoo Ulta Buy Now Gentle like a lamb, but with lion-esque strength — a nourishing blend of botanicals effectively cleanses the chlorine out of your strands, while moonlighting as a body wash. 04 of 10 Pureology Hydrate Shampoo Ulta Buy Now This sulfate-free shampoo is gentle enough to use on a regular basis, pool day or not, but the bonus is that its pumped up with antibacterial ingredients to remove metals, minerals, and chlorine from hair. 05 of 10 TriSwim Shampoo Swim Outlet Buy Now Even if your bottle blonde has started to take on a green tint, it's not too late for TriSwim's formula to reverse the unwanted effect. It adds moisture back into dry hair and is made with chamomile and watercress to heal and soothe an itchy scalp. 06 of 10 Malibu C Swimmers Wellness Shampoo Amazon Buy Now Touted as the official hair care of USA Water Polo, Malibu C products are formulated with swimmers in mind. As such, its aptly-named Swimmers Wellness shampoo aims to remove pool elements (read: chlorine and copper) from strands, stopping green hair in its tracks. 07 of 10 Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Triple Detox Shampoo Amazon Buy Now Haircare brand Living Proof tackles our hair woes — including unintentional green color — using science-backed solutions. For instance, its Triple Detox Shampoo is formulated with chelating agents and activated charcoal that restore hair's vibrancy while removing dirt and oil. 08 of 10 Color Wow Dream Filter Pre-shampoo Mineral Remover Sephora Buy Now Although not a shampoo exactly, this pre-'poo spray is the one to three minute prep your strands need before cleansing. Not only does it remove buildup, minerals, and pollutants, but it also combats dullness to get you hair commercial-worthy gloss. 09 of 10 Biolage Colorlast Shampoo Ulta Buy Now With a name like "Colorlast," you can bet that this shampoo works ace on color-treated tresses. Its low pH formula aims to keep color from fading, whether that be from exposure to the sun, pool, or any other environmental stressors. 10 of 10 Ouiad Water Works Clarifying Shampoo Courtesy Buy Now Curly-haired peeps take note: Although most clarifying shampoos can leave your curls feeling a little too clean, this vitamin-rich formula keeps them from getting parched, and maintains their definition. It removes buildup and chlorine without stripping hair of moisture.