What causes my hair to turn green?
Getting green hair is one of the most disastrous and time consuming annoyances of them all.
There are 3 major causes of “green hair”
- Hair color
- Hard (well) water
Continue reading to see the “why” and “solution” to the mystery behind green hair…
Your hair is like a sponge… when you get into the pool and dip your head into the water it soaks up the chlorine and over time ends up giving your hair a green cast. If your hair is blonde you will have green hair. The green hair develops from exposure to chlorine and is related to the hard metals found in the water.
Solution: If your hair is already green use Paul Mitchell’s shampoo 3… it removes chlorine and impurities keeping the hair healthy and moisturized – To keep the green from coming back, you need to wet your hair with fresh water in the sink, shower or use a water bottle. Then apply a little conditioner to coat the hair shaft. If you use a water bottle put conditioner in it, this will put a barrier on the hair not allowing anything else to soak up. -Spray a leave in conditioner in your hair before going swimming – You could try wearing a swimmers cap
From home color to over-processed hair, if you have blonde hair do not color your hair without seeing your stylist… if your hair is over-processed and/or damaged you have a higher risk of it turning green.. You will know it’s damaged or over-processed because it will be very dry, brittle and resemble cotton candy (NOT GOOD!) Blondes are more than likely to have green hair quicker than brunettes. (b.) Solution- I always recommend seeing your stylist in these situations
Hard (Well) Water
With the high amount of copper, nickel and other chemicals found in your hard water, you’re bound to get copper or a green tint… (c.) SolutionIf you can, get a water softener, if that’s not possible there are filters for the shower head at reasonable prices. Purple/blue shampoo for blondes and grey (like shimmer lights at Sally’s) are also another remedy to try to remove the green. Other removal methods:a) Baking Soda mixed with regular shampoo making a paste. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes then rinse in cold water and condition.b) Malibu treatment, you’ll need to go to the salon for this treatment.c) Lemon juice – leave in the hair for at least 15 minutes before rinsing. Then shampoo and condition as usual.d) Ultra Swim Shampooe) Aspirin – put 6 to 10 aspirin into a glass of water and allow it to dissolve, saturate you hair with the aspirin mixture, let it sit about 15 minutes, rinse, shampoo and condition as usual. f) Vinegar – Apply to the hair and allow to sit 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse, shampoo and condition as usual. Although leaving the conditioner on about 15 minutes. The vinegar will be drying on the hair.
Now that you have some information on what causes green hair and how to handle it, you can relax and know what to do the next time it happens to you or someone you know.