Although not very common, from time to time we receive calls from customers where their hair has turned green after swimming in their Naked pool.
It is important to understand that although copper is present in the water, often the green color in hair is more likely to show up after swimming in the pool because the water also contains small traces of chlorine. Chlorine and copper bond together to form a film that sticks to the proteins in each strand of hair, causing the hair to turn green. The pH of your hair also contributes to this which is why it happens to some and not others.
Please see below a few remedies in order to assist you and should you require further assistance please contact us HERE.
Wet your hair before going into the pool, copper and chlorine won’t hang onto your hair as tightly when you enter the pool with wet hair.
1. Swimmers Shampoo - a preventive treatment, but if you weren’t able to wash your hair right after swimming, using a chelating shampoo on green hair may take some of the tint out.
2. Use lemon juice - Citric acid is often used to clean copper pots and kitchen utensils. It gets rid of oxidation, and makes them shine again. Rinsing your hair with lemon juice may do the same thing for it.
3. Use apple cider vinegar - Acetic acid is also used to clean copper, and it’s found in vinegar. Give your hair a good rinse with it, and you may see some, if not all of that green come out.
4. Use tomato sauce - Sounds crazy but its no joke. Tomato sauce contains both vinegar and acetic acid, so it’s a double whammy on that oxidized copper in your hair. But you can’t exactly rinse with it, so foollw the below steps:
- Apply it as you would conditioner, working it through every strand of your hair.
- Cover your hair with a shower cap.
- Let it sit for 30 minutes.
- Thoroughly wash your hair. Then wash it again to make sure all the tomato sauce—and the copper—is gone.
- Apply conditioner.
- Rinse thoroughly.
5. Use baking soda - Mix ¼ to ½ a cup of baking soda with water to make a thick paste. Apply it to your hair, and massage it through every strand. Rinse it out, then wash and condition your hair. Baking soda isn’t as strong as acids, so you may need to do it more than once.