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
When I posted the above tip, I wasn't talking about removing GREEN coloring from hair (for that , see below). I was talking about people who swim daily & don't want to destroy their hair with daily shampoo. Baby shampoo is another suggestion for those who get "lank" hair. But because I have hair that is naturally curly & tends towards frizz, the conditioner method mentioned above works extremely well for me when every day shampooing would only dry my hair out.
---> If you dye your hair, the conditioner cleaning method has an added benefit of keeping your hair dye looking fresh much longer than daily shampooing too!
* For "Green" hair from chlorine: Take several tablespoons of baking soda & stir this into a glass of warm water then add a squirt of shampoo. Stir together, then wash your hair with it as usual. The baking soda opens the hairs cuticle so the green coloring from chlorine can get out. For stubborn green stains leave this concoction on the hair for an extra 5 minutes.
* Always finish by closing the cuticle with a rinse consisting of a large glass of warm water mixed with a tablespoon of either lemon juice or any type of vinegar. The acid from these will close the hairs cuticle making the hair smooth & shiny again. Always follow the baking soda (above) with lemon juice or vinegar or your hair might look damaged & "fly-away".
As a hair stylist, I have used Tide to remove the green from blonde hair caused from chlorine for years. By the time it is green, it is in terrible condition, sometimes looking glassy. So ater removing the green, use an intensive conditioner as ofter as needed. These are not just bottled conditioners, but professional and can be purchased at Sally's. After applying to the hair, using a plastic bag to cover the hair, then applying heat with a dryer or sitting in the sun will make it absorb into the hair deeper.
i don't know about you, but conditioner, no matter what kind, makes my hair lank, a lot and it gets dirty faster, cause there is a residue left on my hair. The things in them r not good for your body, they get taken into the body, especially when you leave it on the skin. Your skin is the biggest organ in your body and is very porous. For getting rid of chlorine, go to the fish pet store and get the cheapest de-chlorinizer. The main ingredient is sodium-thiosulfate. The liquid is poured over the hair, rubbed in a bit, then rinsed. This gets rid of chlorine, hands down the best for this problem. It will work on your skin, too, after swimming in a chlorinated pool. This you do not leave in your hair and on your scalp, it gets rinsed away. I have the crystallized chemical and mix it with water to dissolve it, it's rather cheap and works amazing.
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