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Halloween is coming, and if you (or your child) are a swimmer than chances are you already have the makings of a great costume: green, straw-like, messy hair would make for a pretty terrifying witch or scarecrow. My daughter looks like Cousin It from The Addams Family six out of seven days a week (so do I).

When I was younger my hair was very light blond so getting the green out was about a monthly task for my mom, especially in the summer when I was in both the competition pool and the backyard pool.

So what can you do? To be honest, if you or your child are going to continue swimming, it will be a never-ending battle. The good news is that I do have a few products that I find work better than others that I’ve used over the years on myself (and still do), and are great for kids too.

Here are some of my favorites. As I said above some of these are affiliate links – but I promise I have tried each one and still use most of these with great results:

  • Ultra Swim Brand Shampoo & Conditioner (Swimoutlet.com): This was a must have when I was an age group swimmer. It helps strip the chlorine out, I carried it to all swim meets!
  • Ion Beauty Moisture Leave-In Conditioner Spray or Styling Leave-In Conditioner Spray (Amazon) : I came across these products a few summers ago when my daughter’s hair was truly so straw-like it was hard to even touch. The salon my mom uses recommended the styling spray, but then I discovered they actually have a whole line of useful products and they really make great leave-in conditioners that don’t leave a film behind. The spray is more the consistency of water than heavy conditioner. I wash and condition my hair like usual and then spray this one to help brush it out.
  • Paul Mitchell Clarifying Shampoo (Amazon) : I actually started using a clarifying shampoo while I was in the Navy and the hard water on the ship left awful buildup in my hair. I still use it now about twice a week for chlorine removal. There are other clarifying shampoo’s on the market but I like Paul Mitchell’s the best.
  • Good old fashioned baking soda : I keep a Tupperware of baking soda in my shower! Just mix about a handful of it (sounds like a lot, but you’ll need a lot) with a little bit of shampoo about once or twice a week, depending on the extent of the buildup.

I hope this helps everyone! Comment below if you’ve found some method or product that works for you or your swimmer 🏊‍♀️.

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