By Jaye N. from Orlando, FL
Editor's Note: Many ThriftyFun members have recently commented that it is copper in the water, not chlorine, that turns hair green after swimming.
If you swim daily in a pool for physical therapy or recreation you'll want to remove that nasty chlorine from your hair without drying it out with excess washings. I simply buy conditioner from the dollar store. Then when showering, I simply brush the conditioner through my hair with a large tooth comb. I make sure to also massage it into my scalp, then rinse well. This conditioner cleans my hair and removes the chlorine without drying it out.
By Cyinda from near Seattle
(Posted via email)
When I saw the tip about the removal of chlorine from hair by using a conditioner after swimming, it reminded me of what I did for my family's hair. Living in south FL there are lots of pools, thus lots of swimming. The chlorine can turn blond hair green, so before swimming I would apply an inexpensive conditioner to our hair. I always put a little extra on the ends, as that is where the chlorine is absorbed. Afterward, we just washed and conditioned our hair as usual.
<P> pdg from Davie, FL
Does anyone have a home recipe to remove the "green" tint out of hair as a result of swimming?
lizkemp from festus, MO
While I do not doubt many of the remedies, it is not chlorine that turns hair green, but copper in the water (from different algecides and other sources). The way to get it out is to apply a mild acid (such as lemon juice or tomato) and rinse, rinse, rinse.
If it was chlorine that turned your hair green, it would be irreparable, think about what bleach does to colored fabric, can it be fixed with baking soda, etc.? I don't think so!
|I was wondering if lemon juice would take the green out of my hair? I have highlights in my hair and they are green now from me swimming in a pool. Will lemon juice it take it out? If so, how long do I have to leave it on my hair to work? |
|As weird as this sounds, try tomato juice.|
|By Linda (Guest Post)|
|That used to happen to me every summer. My mom always made me rinse hair in lemon juice and it worked.|
|1. Make a paste of baking soda and shampoo and apply to your hair and let sit for a few minutes then rinse and condition very well. |
2. Dissolve a few teaspoons of baking soda in some water and add to your bottle of shampoo. Shake before using.
|My youngest daughter has blond hair and her hair turns green all the time (we live in Las Vegas, so she is in the pool most of the year). I have her take a shallow bath and pour tomato juice over her head, making sure that it is distributed well. I let it sit for a few minutes then wash as usual. It gets the green out and leaves her hair very shiny.|
Do i need to hunt down some special shampoo for hair that is getting a daily dose of chlorine? I know it exists but too expensive for my wallet. Does anybody have a homemade remedy for me?
Edie from Owensboro, KY