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Pool Turned your Hair Green?

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If your hair gets a greenish tint from pool chemicals and chlorine often in your pool, this usually is a reaction between the copper water pipes and chlorine in the pool, use the following recipes to restore your natural color!

Pool Turned your Hair Green?

Chlorine in pool water has a tendency to make hair very porous. As you swim the copper settles into the hair strand, particularly those with lighter hair colors, and then oxidizes, taking on a green sheen.


This issue is not limited to blondes, but it does have a tendency to stand out more in lighter hair colors! Before you go running to the nearest salon for assistance, don’t worry; this dreaded patina is relatively simple to fix, the copper oxidation needs only to be neutralized.

How to Neutralize Swimmers Hair & Remove the Green Tint

You’ll Need:
2 Tbsp baking soda
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tsp mild shampoo

Thoroughly mix all ingredients. Wet hair and massage with mixture; making sure all the ends are coated. Cover hair with a plastic bag or shower cap, and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse, and shampoo as usual!

2nd Remedy:
You’ll Need:
8 Regular Aspirin
Warm Water

Dissolve the aspirin tablets in a glass of lukewarm water, coat hair with the solution, cover with a plastic bag or shower cap and leave the mixture on for 15 minutes, rinse thoroughly and shampoo as usual.

3rd Remedy
V8 Juice– it’s not just for getting out skunk smells! Massage v8 juice into wet hair, let it set about 10 minutes, rinse well and shampoo as usual. The pigments in the tomato juice will greatly reduce any green or ashy effects from chlorine.

4th Remedy:
Lemon Kool-Aid (1 pkg Unsweetened)
Warm Water
1 tbs. Hair conditioner

Add 1 packet of Lemonade Kool-Aid to a plastic cup add hair conditioner while stirring. Mix well. Rinse hair thoroughly to saturate it, apply the mixture to your hair; cover with a plastic bag or shower cap and leave the mixture on for 15 minutes, rinse thoroughly and shampoo as usual.

This one will feel almost “straw-like” upon application, don’t worry, it’s just the texture of the Kool aid itself.

Like most other annoyances in life, prevention is the key! To prevent your hair from being so porous you should get it thoroughly wet with tap water prior to getting in the pool.

Green Hair aka Swimming Pool Hair Prevention Spray

This prevents the hair from absorbing so much chlorine. Another simple tip is to mix 1 tbs of hair conditioner with 6 cups of water, spritz the solution onto Damp hair Prior to getting in the pool. This will prevent the green hair tint and will not harm the pool.

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