For years she thought it was simply the chlorine in her pool turning her fair hair a lovely shade of seaweed green. Not true! According to Linda DiMariano, national training manager, care & styling, P&G Professional Care Exclusive Line, pool water contains hard metals like copper and iron, which harbor green crystals. (Think the Statue of Liberty or a copper penny.) “When they’re mixed with chlorine, hard metals become oxidized and the residual green color bonds with the hair. This process occurs because hard metals contain a positive charge, which is attracted to the negative charge in between the cuticle space of the hair shaft.”
Your green client needn’t claim that her grassy-hued tresses are all the rage every time she fancies a dip in the pool. We’ve rounded up some of the latest and greatest cleansers and protectors to restore your green-haired mermaid back to her beautiful blonde self.
Bursting with botanical oils and extracts to prevent color oxidation, Phyto Plage Protective Beach Spray sets protection in motion before swimming.
Lightweight and chock-full of vitamin E and reparative ceramides, Matrix Biolage Sunsorials Protective Day Mist incorporates sunflower seed extract to shield strands against chlorinated pool water.
Apply Leonor Greyl Huile de Palme before paddling in the pool to “waterproof” tresses: In temperatures below 77° F, palm oil in the conditioner solidifies to create a supple barrier of protection.
Bubbling with FXulites—a protective cocktail of proteins and botanical extracts—SUDZZ FX Nyrvana Cleansing Treatment gently removes chemicals and hard water minerals.
Beat the green with Paul Mitchell Clarifying Shampoo Three. Gently removing chlorine, iron and minerals, the cleanser helps prevent redeposit by increasing hair strength.
Formulated with IOPS technology, KMS California Head Remedy Clarify Shampoo blends purifying sage and pear to delicately remove chlorine buildup.
Sulfate- and EDTA-free, L’ANZA Swim & Sun Daily Chelating Shampoo contains phytic acid, a rice-derived chelator, to stamp out unwanted chlorine, metals and minerals.
With an active 7.4 pH, Ojon Detox Recovery Cleanser opens the cuticle to deeply wash away chlorine, minerals, environmental pollutants and product buildup.
Treat blonde tresses before swimming with Wella System Professional Power Mask, which contains lipids that dramatically increase hair’s moisture and health so that metals can’t bond and make it go green.
Joico K-PAK Clarify Chelating Shampoo uses its Quadramine Complex to clarify chlorinated cuticles without over-stripping or over-drying.