Updated: May 23, 2020

My guests often ask me why their hair turns green after swimming. Below, I have given you a few reasons why this happens and some ways to prevent or, if need be, fix this issue:

Cause of the Green – Chlorine and copper- based algaecides or other copper items in the pool cause a chemical reaction that turns your hair green. Have you ever noticed a copper penny that has turned green? Yup – same type of chemical reaction. Fortunately, you can get non-copper-based algaecides for your pool and prevent getting green hair!

Prevention – Obviously, there will be times when you can’t control what chemicals are used in the pool. However, you can be proactive by spraying your hair with leave in conditioner. This will act as a barrier and will protect your hair color. Or, if you forgot the conditioner, make use of the “Shower before entering the Pool” showers. Simply wet down your hair with this non-chlorinated water. The hair cuticles absorb the water and create a barrier that prevents absorption of the pool chemicals.

Fixes for the Green Monster – So, your hair turned green, what can you do now? Well, my favorite treatment is Malibu Wellness. I always have it in stock, so pick up a few packets at your next appointment. If you haven’t had a chance to pick up the Malibu Wellness, fruit fresh and baking soda added to your shampoo may work in a pinch. This is a bit harsh on your hair, so I recommend coming in for a Split End Mender treatment to repair the damage.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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