Did you know your hair can turn green from swimming in a pool? Well I’ve got a simple (but crazy) trick to remove the green from your hair and turn it back to normal.
Growing up in Australia, we spend a lot of our summers in a swimming pool. Everybody can spot the tell-tale signs of green hair when you’ve been swimming in a chlorinated pool.
We rented this fabulous villa and spent a lot of time in the pool. Kate and Carly both have dark hair so weren’t that worried about their hair going green.
If you have fair hair, or if your hair is coloured or damaged, you’ll definitely know what I’m talking about.
I told the girls about this nifty trick for getting rid of the green tinge in your hair using ketchup. Yes tomato sauce. Tomato ketchup. Tommy K. Whatever you call it.
Emily volunteered to go to the shops & buy me a bottle so we could film this video tutorial. This is for you, Emily.
How to stop hair going green in the pool – My video tutorial + ketchup trick
So, why does blonde hair turn green in the pool?
You may think the chlorine is to blame for your hair turning green but that’s only half the story. The real problem is copper.
See there are lots of metals in the water, like copper and magnesium, and these are oxidised by the chlorine and then absorbed into your hair. That greenish tinge is mainly from the copper.
It’s also absorbed into dark hair but it’s much more obvious in lighter or blonde hair. You’ll notice that dark hair usually becomes dull and flat after a lot of swimming.
How can you remove the green from blonde hair?
You need to use a toner to remove the green from your hair. Toners work by neutralising the colour in your hair. You choose a colour from the opposite side of the colour wheel to bring your hair back to neutral.
For example, when blonde hair starts to look yellow or orange, you use a purple or blue toner to stop the brassiness.
When your hair is green, you need to neutralise it with red. But finding a red toner that won’t colour your hair can be difficult.
That’s why tomato ketchup is your quick and easy solution.
I know, it sounds crazy but it works. Put it on burgers, and then put it in your hair.
It works in two ways:
- The vinegar in the tomato sauce stops the chemical reaction from occurring.
- The red colour neutralises the green to bring your hair back to normal.
There’s no risk of your hair going red, which is a bonus.
How to use tomato ketchup on your hair to remove green colour
- Rinse your hair and squeeze out the excess water.
- Apply ketchup to your hair, concentrating on the ends or wherever it is green.
- Leave it on for 10-20 minutes, depending on the depth of the green colour. You can check as you go to see how the colour looks.
- Rinse it off and then shampoo and condition as normal.
If one application isn’t enough, you can do it a second time to remove all traces of green.
How to avoid your hair going green in the pool in the first place
- Always rinse your hair with fresh water before going in the pool. If your hair is saturated, it won’t be able to absorb the pool water.
- Rinse your hair as soon as you get out of the pool. You can shampoo and condition your hair if you want, but a quick rinse will suffice.
- If you’re swimming a lot, wear a swimming cap. This will protect your hair.
- Swimming bonus – Wet your hair and put conditioner on your hair before you put on your cap. Then you can multi-task and do a hair treatment while you exercise!
Alternative solutions for removing the green from your hair
You can also use a clarifying shampoo, or bi-carb soda to remove the green tone from your hair, but it’s often easier just to use ketchup. Wherever you are in the world (even Indonesia) you can find some tomato sauce. Ketchup is also gentler on your hair.
Have you ever had your hair go green in the pool? Did you know about this home remedy?
PS. You might also like these hair care tips for swimmers.