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The Chlorine Chronicles: How to Get Green Out of Hair from the Pool


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How to Get Green Out of Hair From the Pool


Welcome, ladies, to warmer weather here in Minnesota! For some of us that means visiting one of the 10,000 lakes — for others, it means trips to the pool. Today, we dive into the puzzling phenomenon of green hair caused by pool adventures. Whether you're a blonde bombshell or a lover of light-colored locks, we've got your back. So put on your swim cap, grab a glass of apple cider vinegar (don't worry, it's for your hair, not a toast!), and let's unravel the mystery of how to get that green out of your luscious tresses.


The Culprit: Chlorine, the Sneaky Prankster


You're happily swimming, minding your own business, when suddenly, you notice your beautiful blond hair turning green. It's as if the pool water has conspired against you! Well, fear not, for we have some tricks up our sleeves.


Let's unravel this curious phenomenon together. You see, chlorine is a mischievous prankster when it comes to blond hair. The culprit behind the green tint is not actually the chlorine itself, but rather the oxidized metals that are present in the pool water.


When you take a dip in a chlorinated pool, the chlorine works its magic to keep the water clean and free from harmful bacteria. However, over time, the chlorine can interact with the metals, such as copper or iron, that find their way into the pool. These metals can come from various sources, such as the water supply, pool pipes, or even swimmers' accessories.


As the chlorine reacts with the oxidized metals, it forms a compound that clings to your hair strands, particularly if you have light-colored or blonde hair. This compound is what creates that dreaded green color, leaving you scratching your head in confusion.


Rinse, Rinse, Rinse!


The first step to rescuing your hair from the green clutches of chlorine is rinsing your hair immediately after swimming. Jump into the shower and douse your hair with warm water. The idea here is to wash away any lingering pool water, preventing the oxidized metals from wreaking havoc on your hair strands.


Protect Your Hair with a Swim Cap


One surefire way to keep your blond hair from turning green is by wearing a swim cap.

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While it may not be the most glamorous accessory, it's a small price to pay for pool-perfect locks. Plus, you'll be the envy of all the other swimmers with your chic cap!


That said, some of the vintage starlets like Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner, and Grace Kelly were all seen wearing swimming caps to protect their beautiful locks. Maybe it's time we bring this trend back?


Baking Soda: A Miracle Worker


Ah, baking soda, the superhero of home remedies! Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with your regular shampoo and wash your hair with this magical concoction. Baking soda helps neutralize the green color caused by oxidized metal in the pool water. Say goodbye to the green tint and hello to luscious locks once more!


Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, has alkaline properties, which means it can help neutralize acids and restore the natural pH balance of substances, including our hair.


When you mix baking soda with water or shampoo and apply it to your hair, it acts as a gentle abrasive. It helps break down and lift away the oxidized metal compounds that have clung to your hair strands and caused the green color. The baking soda essentially acts as a mild exfoliant for your hair, removing the unwanted green tint.


It's important to note that while baking soda can be effective in removing the green tint, it should be used in moderation and with caution. Excessive use of baking soda can be drying for your hair, so it's advisable to follow up with a moisturizing conditioner or hair mask to restore hydration.




Apple cider vinegar is another fantastic natural remedy that removes the green tint from your hair. After washing your hair, create a mixture of equal parts apple cider vinegar and warm water. Pour it over your hair, leave it in for a few minutes, and rinse it out thoroughly. Not only will it remove the green color, but it will also leave your hair shiny and fresh!


When you mix apple cider vinegar with warm water and apply it to your hair, the acidic nature of vinegar helps restore the pH balance of your hair strands. This acidic environment created by the vinegar can dissolve and eliminate the oxidized metal particles that have clung to your hair, effectively removing the green color.


Apple cider vinegar acts as a natural clarifier and cleanser for your hair. It helps remove product buildup, excess oils, and impurities, which can contribute to the dull appearance of your hair. By clarifying your hair, apple cider vinegar enhances its natural shine and vibrancy, reducing the visibility of the green tint.


Additionally, apple cider vinegar is known for its conditioning properties. It can help smooth the hair cuticles, making your locks feel softer and more manageable. This can further improve the overall appearance of your hair and make the green tint less noticeable.


It's worth noting that apple cider vinegar should be used in a diluted form with warm water to avoid any potential irritation or drying effect on your hair and scalp. After applying the vinegar solution, make sure to rinse your hair thoroughly to remove any residual smell or residue.


Leave-In Conditioner: A Moisture Miracle


After your battle with the green monster, treat your hair to some love and care with a nourishing leave-in conditioner. Opt for a product specifically designed to protect your hair from chlorine damage. It will help replenish moisture and prevent further damage, leaving you with hair as radiant as ever.


Embrace DIY Hair Masks


If you're a fan of DIY solutions, we have a couple of hair masks to help you combat the green hair blues. One option is to mix equal parts of coconut oil and honey, apply it to your hair, and let it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing. Another option is a concoction of mashed avocado and olive oil. Apply this mixture to your hair, leave it on for 20 minutes, and rinse thoroughly. These masks will provide your hair with the nourishment it needs, while also removing any lingering green tint.


Remember, ladies, the pool should be a place of happy swimming, not a green hair nightmare. So, protect your hair, rinse it thoroughly, and keep these remedies in your back pocket for any unexpected green surprises. Now, go forth, conquer the pool, and show off your fabulous, vibrant locks!

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