Actually, here’s a fact – it’s not the chlorine in the pool that makes your hair go green!
I know, it’s one of those facts that you’ve grown up with as a kid that you’ve always believed. In fact, it’s the metals in the pool that will make blonde hair go that nice tinge of green!
So, apparently, copper is the cause of this green annoyance; the bleach or chlorine added to the water may help oxidise the copper, which then binds to the protein in your hair, turning it that unpleasant shade.
This seems to be a more common happening in outdoor pools where the coppers are found in the algicides. But it does occur naturally in some water, so indoor pools are just as susceptible as the outdoor ones. Maybe it’s worth asking your local pool next time you visit how much copper they have in their water?
So, if your hair does turn a shade of green, you can use special shampoo after you swim to remove it, but you can also condition your hair before you go swimming to provide a binding solution that blocks the copper from grabbing the protein in your hair – and then have a good rinse afterwards.
Hope that helps. Happy Swimming – Sarah Bohn