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Pool Hair Care: How to Get Green Out of Hair

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Have you taken a dip in the pool lately? Did you come out with your hair looking like the green monster from Goo Lagoon? For the quickest fix, schedule an appointment at Mill Pond Salon in New London, Minnesota to discuss the best way to care for your hair after a swim.

Model Unhappy With Funky Green Hairstyle

Lighter color or highlighted hair is the most susceptible to getting a green tinge when taking a dip in the pool. Chlorine reacts with metals giving your hair the greenish tint blondes know so well.

Minimal exposure to chlorine can strip hair of its natural oils. Over time, exposing your hair to chlorine can lead to split ends and cuticles, allowing the chemical to penetrate further, possibly creating irreversible dryness and damage.

Here are some helpful tips and tricks on keeping your hair safe from turning green in the pool this summer.

Prevent, Don’t Correct

Before taking a dip, it’s important to apply more than just sunscreen to protect yourself from unwanted changes in color. 

Applying a conditioner, oil, or deep treatment to your hair before diving in creates a barrier between your strands and the pool water. Be sure not to rinse after application! If you saturate your hair with a conditioner, it will be unable to absorb any of the treated water.

Woman applying hair conditioner to wet hair

You can create a more cost-effective but similar result by rinsing your hair with water from the sink or shower before swim time as well. Like the conditioner method, this saturates each follicle to capacity, preventing the majority of the absorption of pool water.

For the avid swimmer, a professional pre-swim treatment may be worth the investment. They are proven to seal the hair follicle and are designed to help prevent color discoloration.

Another option to protect your hair from chlorine is by wearing a swim cap. While not the most fashionable, it’s still an excellent option for protecting your tresses, especially if you’re doing laps, swim frequently or are swimming for long periods.

laughing woman in swim cap

To make the most of wearing a swim cap, it’s best to still pre-treat your strands by rinsing with water, using a conditioner or a professional pre-treatment. The swim cap is just the cherry on top!

The best part of taking these measures to protect your hair from turning green can also help protect it from becoming dry and brittle, which means that even people with darker shades of hair that can avoid the green, should practice pre-swim hair protection.

Doing these small things to prevent your hair from turning green will save you all the hassle of trying to correct the color after the fact–which is something your hair will thank-you for! Trust me, it will all be worth it.

Post-Swim Care

What happens if you don’t prepare or protect your mane before taking a dip in the pool? Well, you may end up with some green strands.

Woman showering and shampooing outdoor

But don’t worry! There are plenty of simple solutions to get your hair looking its best again.

  • Shampoo right after swimming. The secret is to get all the chlorine out as soon as possible. 
  • If your regular shampoo isn’t doing the trick, upgrade to a shampoo made especially for swimmers. If you plan on spending a lot of time in the pool this summer, it would be worth it to invest in a professional shampoo.
  • Clarifying shampoo works similarly to cleansers made specifically for swimmers. When shopping for these types of shampoos, keep in mind that professional brands garner the best results, and are the best for your hair. The Aveda Rosemary Mint Clarifying shampoo is perfect for helping free your hair from the green.

Condition, Rinse, Repeat

woman spraying hair with product

Even if your strands are darker and aren’t susceptible to the green-haired monster, it is critical you use conditioner after every dip in the pool. Using conditioner will help protect your hair from many different kinds of damage, including chlorine.

If you are an avid swimmer or you naturally have a dry hair type, using a deep treatment up to 3 times a week will be your best friend. For the best results, leave on for up to an hour.

Get Help From the Professionals

If your hair still has some green tint, don’t worry. We have a solution. 

woman with head in shampoo bowl at salon

The Malibu Crystal Gel Treatment is perfect for restoring your color. This treatment becomes a gel when mixed with water and helps remove the build-up of chlorine and hard water. Malibu Crystal Gel readjusts your hair and scalp’s pH and exfoliates away those harsh reactions to metal often caused by swimming.

You no longer have to wonder how to get green out of your hair. Whether you’ve been swimming or not, to look your best all year long, be sure to book an appointment for a Malibu Crystal Gel Treatment with the stylists at Mill Pond Salon

Girl in a yellow dress and glasses in the pool

It’s now easier than ever to find a time that works for you by using the book online feature. Keep your hair looking and feeling its best by booking an appointment today.


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