Its something that everyone with blonde has has experienced at some point in their life particularly if living in Queensland...
Chlorine Green Hair!
We have 5 simple steps for you to prevent and resolve green hair so you never have to hide it again.
Lets start with a bit about hair in general. Hair is porous just like a sponge or paper towel, and when your hair experiences extreme conditions like colour, heat, sun etc your hairs outer layer (cuticle) becomes damaged and therefore becomes more porous. Porous hair absorbs quickly.
Now lets talk about swimming. Despite my references about chlorine green, its not necessarily the chlorine itself that causes your hair to go green, it is in fact a chemical reaction from the metals in the water, in particular copper, iron and manganese, which are then oxidized by the chlorine, and your hair being porous soaks up this water.
Maintain healthy hair with regular trims, treatments and minimise damage from heat and chemicals.
Soak hair in clean water before swimming, this will therefore soak up less of the oxidized water.
Apply a conditioner or hair mask to your hair to act as a barrier, but you'll also get the benefit of hydrating your hair at the same time.
Weather you choose to wet hair or coat it in conditioner, its always beneficial to tie your hair up to minimise the amount of hair getting wet whilst swimming.
Rinse thoroughly with clean water immediately after swimming.
Something else to keep in mind too, if you have a lot of silicone build up in your hair from the products you use, you use bore water or have copper pipes in your house, these things can make your hair more susceptible to green.
Wash with a deep cleanse shampoo, don't forget to moisturise afterwards.
Visit the salon for a Malibu Hard Water Cleanse.
Use a toner with a red/pink base to counteract the green - I do recommend having this done professionally cause you could end up in strife if you get the mix wrong.
DIY 1 - a mix of shampoo and bicarb soda mixed into a paste and applied to the hair, it acts as an abrasive, I wouldn't recommend it as it can be damaging, however, it has been known to work.
DIY 2 - again not recommended but has been known to work, is applying ketchup or tomato sauce to the green bits to counteract, but if you're not careful, you could end up with red stained hair.
Prevention is key here, and your hair will thank you. Slip, slop, slap for your hair next time you swim.
Leave your comments below, how have your resolved this in the past?