Mixed Hair Care : 4 Chlorine Removing Shampoos for Curly Hair

Whether it’s summer or spring break, pools are always the center of our amusement. Though cool and refreshing, pool water is not the good for your hair. Riddled with chemicals to treat and clean the water, these high power compounds dry out the skin and hair with frequent exposure resulting in damage.

Chlorine is a sanitizing agent used in public pools and water treatment. According to Poolcenter.com, public pools generally use 1 – 3 parts per million (ppm) Chlorine in water to sanitize and keep it at a safe level the same pH level of the eye and mucus membrane.

Chlorine can be very drying on the skin and hair, chlorinated pool water penetrates the cuticle by uplifting them with a pH level of 7.2 – 7.6, hair has a pH level of 4 – 5.5. (please see 3 Tips for Swimming with Curly hair for more information) When we swim our hair is absorbing chlorine water, stripping strands of the necessary protective moisture. If chlorine is not removed from the hair will develop split ends, straightening of curls, and color fade.

This post will be focused on shampoos, rinses, and hair cleansers and clarifiers that work best for chlorine removal and moisture retention. Remember, you never want to cowash your hair after swimming, cowashing is washing hair with conditioners and will not remove the chlorine from your hair’s cuticle layer. You need a shampoo with penetrating surfactants which can remove and push out anything that made its way in.

*All shampoos mentioned in this article are sulfate free


1 . Eden Body Works – Peppermint Tea Tree Shampoo



Highly rated by customers, this Peppermint Tea Tree Shampoo by Eden Body Works lives up to it’s promise. This shampoo works an

invigorating, clarifying, cleansing shampoo that increases scalp circulation for refreshed, renewed feeling. Removes all traces of dirt and oil build up [..]

The ingredients this shampoo contains work well together to cleanse and fill the cuticle in one product. Peppermint provides clarifying properties by penetrating and providing an invigorating cleansing experience. Pushing out product and radical elements leaving the hair feeling cleansed and refreshed. Glycerin fills up the empty spaces in the cuticle and seals preventing harmful elements inside access.

Peppermint Tea Tree Shampoo recommends that you use a generous amount of product, to get the full effect. So light handed product users may want to shampoo a second time for a nice stimulating cleanse.


2 . Creme of Nature – Pure Honey Moisturizing Dry Defense Shampoo


Pure Honey is the most recent line of Crème of Nature, focused on hydrating dry and damaged hair. With the consistency of a fine honey this shampoo promises to

cleanse, detangle, and restore moisture […]

With ingredients like Pure Honey, Coconut Oil and Shea Butter, this shampoo will replenish hair with nourishing moisture stripped away by chlorine. Shampooing twice should result in a cleansed scalp and hair with soft fibers and a healthy shine.


3 . Design Essentials – Oat Protein and Henna Deep Cleansing Shampoo

Design Essentials presents their first lather shampoo containing the dynamic mixture of Oat Protein and Henna to deeply cleanse as well as enhancing volume and manageability.

Design Essentials says

Our Oat Protein & Henna Shampoo contains two key natural botanicals: Hydrolyzed Oat Protein- a natural humectant proven to condition and increase hydration; and Henna –adds volume, shine, and strengthens hair making it more resilient to damage and breakage. Great for fine, thinning, or limp hair textures.

Recommended to be used weekly and safe enough for daily use. Customers have rated this shampoo very effective and cleansing, and it has even been given the thumbs up for loc and braid usage.


4 . CurLUXE – Jojoba Mint Cleansing Tea


A different take on a cleansing shampoo, CurLUXE offers a Jojoba Mint Cleansing Tea created for naturally kinky curls. The Jojoba Mint Cleansing Tea contains Peppermint and Jojoba oil and promises to

“cleanse, revitalize, and moisturize your hair.”

with 100% natural ingredients.

With main ingredients like Aloe Vera and  Peppermint this tea will feel light weight and provide clean and nourished hair. Peppermint penetrates the scalp and cuticles to remove product build up and provide an invigorating stimulation. Aloe Vera fights product build up while providing nourishment and pH balance to the scalp. With chlorine’s pH being higher than our hair’s pH balancing ingredients are necessary. 

As it is a cleansing tea, do not expect a lather or suds to form when using. If necessary repeat the cleansing process for maximum results.



This list only contains shampoos, products such as conditioners, leave ins, and styling creams should follow the same line as the shampoo. As products are generally formulated with certain pH’s to balance and neutralize your own hair’s pH.

So which product was your favorite of the list? The Jojoba Mint Cleansing Tea is a must try for me. Check back later to see my review of each product and my opinions on their ability to cleanse.


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