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Summer is here. The weather is great. So, you and the kids are spending every afternoon at the pool. After a few days, you start to realize that your hair and your son’s blonde locks are starting to look a weird shade of green! Darn that harsh pool water. If only there was a way to prevent your hair from changing colors? Sound familiar? That was my family a few years ago, until I discovered a simple trick that helps prevent hair from turning green after too much exposure to pool water. And no, it doesn’t require you to shower prior to jumping in the pool.
A few years ago while my son was taking swimming lessons at the local pool, I noticed that his blonde hair was beginning to look a little green. I was curious why this was happening, so I did a quick google search (I wish I could remember which source I read.) Basically, the chlorine and the copper found in pool water reacts together causing hair to change color. This green effect is more noticeable in natural and color treated blonde hair.
Other sources suggest taking a shower prior to swimming in the pool will help to prevent your hair from turning green. I’m sure that this does help, but my boys hate taking showers. They never want to take timeout of their busy day to get cleaned up. So trying to convince them that they need to shower before jumping into the pool, never ends up in my favor. So I came up with a plan!
Now after we get to the pool, find a chair, and apply sunscreen, I add one more quick step. I spray their hair with a lightweight leave in conditioner. The conditioner helps coat their hair so that the chemicals can’t attach to it and change its color.
To Prevent Green Hair After Swimming in the Pool, Use Spray Conditioner!
In my pool bag, along with sunscreen, I keep a spray bottle of leave in conditioner. Sometimes I like to make my own by mixing water and about a tablespoon of conditioner. Other times, when I’m in a rush or feeling lazy, I like to buy leave in spray conditioner. My absolute favorite conditioning detangler spray is from The Honest Co. Its sweet orange vanilla scent smells so incredible and the company never uses harsh chemicals in their products. Plus, it works great too!
Ever since starting the process of spraying our hair before entering the pool, we haven’t had any problems with green hair. I also make sure the boys wash their hair with shampoo after visiting the pool.
No more worrying about green hair when you and the kids visit the local pool! Just grab some conditioning spray and apply prior to jumping in the water! And as an added bonus, no more arguing with the kids trying to get them to shower prior to swimming.
Happy Pool Day!