Summer is full-force and although we all have different vacation plans, one experience is universal: the pool. You may be at your neighborhood pool, your backyard pool, or a resort pool, but no matter where you are, you have that one nagging question running through your mind: “Will the chlorine turn my hair green? Is that just an urban legend or is it real?”
Any competitive swimmer will tell you that the green hair phenomenon is not a myth. It happens to people. It could happen to you.
But guess what? It’s not because of chlorine! (I know, I thought it was due to chlorine as well!) As I was walking by a client chatting with Cathi, one of our owners, my ears perked as she explained the reasoning behind the green-hair problem, and more importantly, the solution. So this #WeekendBeautyTip comes straight from our owner to you! Rather than write a long paragraph, I’ll just relay the conversation to you:
CLIENT: My daughters hair is bright blonde, but she’s a swimmer. Her hair keeps turning green! How can I get all the chlorine out of it!?
CATHI: You’re in luck! We can help you for sure…but first, know that it’s not chlorine that’s doing the green thing to your daughter’s hair.
CLIENT: Really? Then why is it turning green?
CATHI: Human hair, when it’s dry, is the same pH level as a pool filter. The filter’s job is to gather all the algae growing in the pool, right? So when you jump in the pool with dry hair, all the green algae heads straight for your hair, thinking it’s a pool filter! Your hair is literally drawing in all the algae around it.
CLIENT: So how do you change that? Some type of product or something?
CATHI: Nope. Your hair instantly changes its pH level when it gets wet with ordinary tap water (not chlorinated water). So all you have to do is rinse off before you jump in the pool. Your hair will already be wet and it’s pH level will be altered, so none of that algae will think your hair is a filter. It will float right by you and head for the real pool filter, instead of ending up in your hair!
CLIENT: So the green stuff in my daughter’s hair is really algae. Wow.
CATHI: Yep! There’s a reason the pool asks you to rinse off before you jump in! Now if your hair is already green, I’d recommend using Redken’s Hair Cleansing Cream. It’ll clarify the green right out! You could also use the new Blonde Idol line that lets you deposit color as necessary in between salon visits. You can balance the blonde out from home with that stuff!
So there you have it, ladies and gents. The real reason your hair turns green is algae, not chlorine. So just rinse off your hair before you jump in, and you’ll be protected from all that green!
Merry Weekend and Happy Pool Days to all!
*photo credit: suntekpoolsandspas.blogspot.com