Spring has arrived. And, before you know it, it will be summertime. Many of us like to stay cool any way we can, including a nice dip in the pool.
But, you should take the necessary precautions to prevent your hair from turning green after going swimming.
Green hair is fun to have during Halloween or teens giving themselves a unique look to stand out from their friends. However, when it’s undesired, green hair is not such a fun color.
Why Blonde Hair Turns Green in Pool Water
It is said that ‘blondes have more fun’. However, when they exit a swimming pool, blondes have more trouble too; green hair!
Contrary to popular belief, chlorine is not to blame. The culprit is copper.
Some pools use copper-based algaecides to prevent the growth of algae. The metal copper can also be found in pools that use well water.
The green hair tint is caused by the hairs’ reaction to the copper. It commonly happens in those that have bleached or naturally blonde hair.
The chlorine oxidizes the copper, which then binds to the proteins in your hair strands. The metal will produce a green tint in the hair.
But, guess what? Copper can be found in your home water too. Especially if your home uses copper pipes. Using a special water filter usually helps to remove the copper from your home.
How To Prevent Green Tint Hair
There are a couple of things you can do to prevent getting green hair after swimming. One is to use a protective waterproof swimming cap. You should also take a sample of your pool water to your local pool store to have it professional checked for copper.
You should rinse your hair immediately after you get out of the pool. And make sure to use a gentle shampoo such as ‘Scalp Protection Shampoo’ to wash your hair.
I recommend using a good moisturizing hair conditioner as well. Our ‘Scalp Protection Conditioner’ will prevent the copper from attaching to the hair strands and turning it green.
By the way, if you already have green tint hair, a lemon juice rinse can be quite effective.
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