When you have a San Diego pool you are working to keep clean and on track, you may not think about chemical pools turning blonde hair green. While it may be a good look for St. Patrick’s day, it probably isn’t something you want to keep going after the holiday. In this article, we are going to talk about how to fix your blonde hair after it turns green from chemical pools.

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Chemical Pools & Blonde Hair

While you may love your blonde hair, you probably don’t love the green look you get whenever you exit the swimming pool. Most people think chlorine is the reason their hair turns green, but alas that is not the reason your hair is turning green. It may not help but the real reason your hair is turning green in chemical pools is copper.

Copper is found in some swimming pools and especially pools that are filled by well water. You may have allowed copper to enter your pool by a certain copper-based algaecide you’ve used. Whatever way the copper got into the water, that is what is causing your green hair.

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How does the water turn your hair green? The copper in the water is oxidized by chlorine. When this happens, it binds to the proteins in the hair strands and at this time, the metal will produce a green tint in the hair.

Saltwater will turn blonde hair green the same as other chemical pools. These pools are chlorine-based pols but instead of adding chlorine manually by the use of tablets or powder, salt is added to the water. The salt then runs through an electrically charged generator that turns the salt into chlorine. If you have water with copper in it and the chlorine created by the salt oxidizes it, you could get green hair the same as a regular swimming pool with chlorine.

How to Stop Chemical Pools From Giving You Green Hair

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There are a few things you can do to keep yourself from having to deal with green hair. One of those things is having your pool checked for metals. You need to look for copper specifically. You can use test strips at home or you can take a sample of your pool water to the local pool store so they can test it for you.

Make sure you do not use algaecides that are not copper-based when you want to keep the green hair at bay. If you take your chlorine level testing seriously and keep them at the right level, you may not even need algaecide. If you find out that you have metals in your water, use a chemical that removes the metals in the water.

Use a leave-in conditioner to protect your hair from the pool water before you get in the pool. You can also speak with your hairstylist to find out other ways to keep your hair from being damaged when you get in the pool.

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