Pool Insider: 5 Tips to Help You Keep Your Hair from Turning Green after Swimming

Blonde woman swimming in blue pool

You may love swimming and spending time in the pool, but your hair might not! Have you ever noticed that after swimming your hair sometimes will turn a little green? That’s because of the heavy metals, like copper and iron, present in your pool water and their interaction with chlorine. Yikes! While having heavy metals in your pool water won’t lead to any long-term health problems, having this kind of green hair isn’t exactly a fashion statement. Whew!

So what should you do to help keep your hair from turning green? Here are 5 tips!

Wash your hair after you swim

Do you skip showering after you swim? If so, think again! By leaving the pool water in your hair, the heavy metals have more time to act, turning any light colored hair a little green. After each swim, it is important to wash your hair with clean, lukewarm water.

Use a shampoo and conditioner designed for swimmers

So you’re washing your hair after each swim – but are you using the right shampoo and conditioner? That depends on their ingredients. There are now many shampoos and conditioners that are designed for swimmers.

The best shampoos for swimmers contain chelating ingredients, which remove the build-up on your hair.

The best conditioners for swimmers will help restore moisture and protein balance to your hair. From regular conditioner that you use in-shower to conditioner that you leave-in, there are a variety of options to choose from to help maintain your hair after swimming.

Use vinegar in your hair

So, this might sound a little crazy, vinegar is a great way to naturally clean your hair. Because vinegar is acidic, it naturally removes some metal compounds. Pour half a cup of vinegar on your head – be careful not to pour it down your face and in your eyes! – and brush it through your hair with a comb. Let it sit ten minutes and rinse it with warm water from the shower.

Wear a swim cap

This might seem like a no-brainer, but if you’re swimming a lot it’s probably time to invest in a swim cap. Swim caps will partially protect your hair from the chemicals in your swimming pool, but remember they aren’t airtight. To use a swim cap, wet your hair before putting on the cap, then tuck in all your hair.

Maintain proper water chemistry

Last but not least, it’s important that your pool’s water chemistry is balanced. You can test your water chemistry simple strips or digital testers or you can monitor it regularly with Pentair automation.

What are your best tips for keeping your hair from turning green when you swim? We’d love to hear all about them in the comments below!