Spoiler Alert: It’s not the chlorine.
Summer’s here, which means swimming season is upon us. From pool lessons to lake swims, chances are your kids are going to get wet, which means their hair will be exposed to all of the wonderful chemicals and minerals found in treated and untreated water, which could result in (gasp) green hair!
I’ve had a few clients at Turning Hedz recently ask me how to keep their daughters’ hair from turning green in the water, especially chlorinated pools. This is one of the great mysteries in life. Why, exactly, does hair turn green in the water anyway?
The answer may surprise you.
It’s not really chlorine (or pool chemicals) that causes hair to acquire that lovely emerald hue. This is a common misconception. It’s actually the mineral compounds found in regular water – specifically copper – that create the green cast. This can happen in the pool or even the shower. As the copper is absorbed through the hair strands, the copper oxidizes, resulting in green hair. Think of the roofs of the parliament buildings in Ottawa, the Statue of Liberty in New York, or even an old penny – they’re all green because the copper they’re made of over time has oxidized. Chlorine in a pool certainly helps the process by drying and damaging the hair, making it more porous and allowing for faster absorption. Even dark hair can take on a green glow, although it is less noticeable.
How do I stop it, you ask?
Here’s a list of to-dos before your kids take the watery plunge:
Swimming is tons of fun for children and adults, but make no mistake – your hair will be waging ware against those chemicals, minerals and additives. Help arm it with my preventative tips, and don’t forget – we have some amazing products that are designed to keep your hair healthy and free from the green.
Thanks for reading!