Just Keep Swimming…
As a blonde who loves to swim, I’ve always had to deal with the dreaded green swimmer’s tinge.
I learnt, however, that it’s not actually the chlorine that turns your hair green. Well, not directly.
The real culprit is metals in the water, like copper, that are oxidised by the chlorine. They stick to your hair, which apparently is very porous, and edge you towards Grinch territory. Think more Lady of Liberty than Ariel.
The best way to prevent green hair is to soak your locks in the shower before you head to the pool.
Imagine your hair is like a sponge. If you pre-soak it with fresh water, it has less room to take in pool water. The water works like a protective coat against the metallic pool water.
So, make good use of those poolside showers!
For green hair, check your kitchen for a remedy. Try a rinse with baking soda, lemon juice, coke, or ketchup to get your colour back to normal.
If all else fails, you can always fall back on the good old-fashioned swim cap to put some proper distance between you and the water. Don’t laugh, there are some cute ones out there!