Say Goodbye to the Green Hair

Woman jumping out of pool

If you're an avid swimmer with color-treated hair, you have likely discovered one of the outcomes of frequent swimming: green hair. Chlorine is often perceived as the main cause, but it is actually the combined effect of chlorine and copper. Chlorine oxidizes copper, and when that copper touches your hair as you swim, it attaches to the protein and creates a green hue. If green hair is not the look you're after, you can use these tips to help prevent it.

Modify Your Pool-Care Process

One way to avoid getting green hair is to reduce the amount of copper in your pool. A mix of metals in the water is not unusual, but they don't all need to stick around. If you're concerned that excess copper could turn your hair green, you can either take a sample of the water to a local pool supply store  to determine the chemical levels. Consult a pool pro to learn about proper chemical balance. He or she can help you choose maintenance products that remove certain metals as needed.

Switch to Saltwater

Since the mix of copper and chlorine is the cause of green hair, another option is to reduce the amount of chlorine in your pool. This means upgrading to a salt chlorine generator, which uses common table salt to produce all the chlorine a pool needs, safely, effectively, and automatically. .

Wet Your Hair Before Diving In

Focus on protecting your hair from the copper if you don't want to change up your pool-care routine. One of the easiest ways is to wet your hair before you get in the pool. This approach will reduce the amount of pool water your hair can absorb during your swim.

Keep Your Hair Covered

Swim caps are an excellent way to protect your hair during frequent pool use. Another way to shield your hair from pool chemicals is to apply leave-in conditioner before you get in the water, since this coating can create a waterproof seal. Of course, you can't go wrong by combining both of these tactics before you jump in the pool.

Take Care of Your Hair After You Swim

As soon as you step out of the pool, you should head back to your shower and wash the pool water out of your hair. Simple shampoo and conditioner should do the trick, but there are also products designed specifically for post-pool hair.

Get Rid of the Green

If your hair already has a green tint, don’t despair; there are ways to reverse the color change. Your stylist can help you with proper color correction.  Then, you can use the above-mentioned methods to prevent the green hair from returning.