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How to Keep your Hair From Turning Green in the Chlorine

There’s nothing better than getting a new swimsuit and feeling like a hot mom.  Strutting myself through the aisles of pool loungers. Only to get home and realize my beautiful, expensive blonde hair is now green.

Like, is this real life? How in the world?  Apparently, when we go swimming, we are diving into a pool of metal.  One specific metal found in pool water, copper, has it out for gets oxidized by the chlorine, grabs onto your hair, and turns it a green color.

Luckily, blondes aren’t doomed to green hair forever!  There are some preventative measures you can take to keep your hair safe and healthy during these summer months.

Green Summer Hair

Rinse Your Hair Before Swimming

Before you go for a dive, wet your hair with tap water.  If there’s an outdoor shower, rinse your hair under it.  Or, you can simply use a garden hose.  Just don’t rinse it in the chlorine.  If you don’t want to take any risks, you can also apply a leave-in conditioner to create an added barrier between your hair and the chlorine.

Clean Your Hair After Swimming

After you get out of the pool for the day wash your hair immediately.  Make sure you use shampoo and conditioner to seal in as much moisture as possible.  Chlorine is a serious buzz-kill.  It dries out hair faster than a blow dryer and straightening iron ever thought about.

Getting Green Out of your Hair

If you forget to rinse your hair to prevent the green, don’t worry.  You’re not stuck with green hair forever.  This is going to sound odd, but apply tomato juice, lemon juice, or vinegar (or another acidic liquid) to your hair and let is set for about 10 minutes.  Then, rinse with cold water and repeat.

This 20 minute cycle should remove all of the green from your hair.