Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Cheap, effective way to remove chlorine from hair

Check out my disgustingly crispy, frizzy hair.  That is the result of many swimming sessions at the local pool this summer.  Usually, I like to wash my hair straight after a swim but sometimes I forget to take my shampoo and conditioner.  Overtime, chlorine builds up in the hair anyway, and you need a special shampoo to get rid of it.

I didn't want to spend any money on a shampoo that I'd only use a few times... Ok, well the truth was, I actually did want to go out and buy a specific chlorine removing shampoo but all the shops were closed... *sobs*!  Anyway, I turned to Google to see if there was anything I could do to effectively remove chlorine from my hair, and I found a few things I could try.  The method I am telling you about is method #3 from this website:  I chose the baking soda method simply because I already have baking soda at home, and it seemed to take up the least amount of time to do.  Hello, I'm not called lazy for no reason!

What I used:  baking soda, water

What I did:  I filled a small glass about one third full with baking soda, and added some water - enough to turn it into a not-too-thick paste.  I jumped in the shower, wet my hair, turned off the shower and started using the paste I just made to wash my hair.  I made sure to scrub it all over.  I spent a good 2-3 minutes doing this.  I then turned the water back on and rinsed my hair thoroughly before shampooing and conditioning my hair as normal.

Result:  I am pleased to report that I no longer have crispy, chlorine scented hair!  This method worked extremely well for me and I'm actually grateful that I saved a few dollars.  When it came time to blow drying my hair, my hair no longer felt like it had been at the beach all day.  The "salt" feeling had completely gone and my hair was back to being soft, light and bouncy.

Thank God that the shops were closed, and that I had to resort to Google.  Google really does have the answer to everything!


  1. You might also want to look into using an antioxidant to eliminate chlorine. For example, check out They have a bunch of articles discussing this topic.

    1. Thanks! I did read up about using vitamin c but I had none on hand. I will check out the link :)

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