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Blonde hair gone green (SOS!)

by Miriam Ernst
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SOS green hair !?!

A lovely day at the pool, in the public swimming pools or at a friends house and after some time enjoying the sun and the water you’re on the way to the bathroom, where the shock is awaiting you.

‘Ahhh my blonde hair is green!?!’

If this is you, then let me tell you I have been in your exact same situation. Is it something to be worried about? Not exactly. If your hair turns green after swimming it means there’s a high amount of copper in that pool. It reacts to the chlorine in the water which turns it green and bonds it to hair. That’s how you get Shrek hair.

It doesn’t damage your hair any more than a normal chlorine pool does, so don’t worry about your hair thinning out and becoming bald after it goes green. Of course, not treating your hair properly when you swim frequently can contribute to damaging your hair, so if you’re not keen to require a neograft hair transplantation before you turn 50, then it’s important to treat your hair right after swimming.

If the pool belongs to you or your best friend, perhaps replace the copper pipes with an alternative or use an algicide that doesn’t contain copper. If it’s a public pool then inform the owner, they should want to remedy the problem so they don’t get more unhappy visitors. This should stop the surprise hair dye situation from happening again.

Now green hair can look cool, but I understand it’s not for everyone (certainly not me). So if you’re panicking and worrying about having to dye your hair each time you go swimming then don’t fret – I found the solution.

The first time it happened to me, I went home after that day – a Sunday – planning on going to the hairdresser Monday morning in order to somehow save my hair.

My mom was the one thinking about looking through the internet – google always knows best. We found 500 different solutions red wine (red and green neutralises) try ketchup (same theory), leave a hair cure in overnight (it neutralises de PH level) and so it went on with lots of funny and weird theories.

After all I decided to mix together two of the theories I had found and hoped my best it would do at least a small change in my really GREEN hair. But it did not only do this, but it really saved my hair 100%.

I went back to my beautiful blonde tone that I had chosen for my hair and lost all of the green hair without destroying or hurting my hair too much with chemical products.

So here is the solution to my blonde hair gone green problem.

The Solution to green hair

  • Take one citron’s juice
  • Dissolve two aspirins (The effervescent tablets !) in the juice.
  • Put the mixture all over your hair and let it set in for about 30min.
  • Shower your hair as you usually do.

If the effect was not yet 100% and you have the feeling there is still something of the green touch left, just do it a second time. It really works.

I really hope this helps you and if it does – please let me know in the comments below!

Best, Be-Sparkling.

Photo: Palmira Van


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lydia@lifeuntraveled 8 March, 2017 - 4:08 PM

I’m not blonde but I can imagine how horrifying it must be to get out of the pool with green hair! So cool that you found an easy solution to rectify your problem and go back to your blonde hair!

The Editor 9 March, 2017 - 12:12 PM

oh your hair is easily get stained? glad you’ve got an immediate remedy. 🙂


Jeff & Crystal Bryant 9 March, 2017 - 12:16 PM

What a surprise that must have been. I guess it would be okay if you were celebrating St.Patrick’s day, but any other time of year it would cause a certain fright. Thanks for the easy solution.

Miriam Ernst 15 March, 2017 - 8:34 PM

Hahaha yes it def was ! luckily I resolved *heheh*

Laveena Sengar 10 March, 2017 - 1:32 PM

Oh my gosh. That sounds horyfying to me. I am not really a blonde but I can imagine such a shock it would be.

chantae 10 March, 2017 - 12:07 PM

Ah, this has happened to me before and I had NO idea what to do! Thanks for the advice 😀

Ana Ojha 13 March, 2017 - 4:39 AM

The green hairs would be perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! I’d have loved to see your green hair picture to this post!

AllGudThings 13 March, 2017 - 4:29 PM

Oh My God!! I wonder how did that happen – green colour. It must have been horrifying as well as annoying incident for you. But the good part is you could find the remedy and got back your blonde look at the end.


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