Pool Hair Care: How to Get Green Out of HairHave 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. 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 CorrectBefore 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. 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. 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 CareWhat 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. 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.