If you are a fan of hair dyeing and experimenting on different hairstyles, you may have heard horror stories of hair turning green, especially after swimming. Some believe that the chlorine found in swimming pools causes the hair to turn green but the real culprit here is copper.
How can your hair turn green after swimming? First, the water in the pool must be aggressive. By aggressive, it means that the water is negative when it comes to the calcium-saturation-index, making it strong enough to dissolve metallic copper. The water should have sulfates in it too, so that any value above pH 8.3 can prevail. The high pH precipitates the chemicals or substances which the water has dissolved. Precipitation can happen in the water itself. Sometimes it happens on the plaster. Most of the time, it happens on your hair.
Your hair won’t turn green if copper is not in the water in the first place. It can either be the pool operator’s fault for not managing the pool well, especially if he or she poured well or natural water with copper in the pool. It can also be your problem for having your make-up dissolved in the water while swimming. Liquid pool heaters also operate on bronze impellers and copper pipes that contribute to the quality of the pool heater and pool water.
Meanwhile, any type of water or liquid bearing copper is usually absorbed by your hair. Your hair can be blond, red, brown or black, but it can't be spared from the effects of this invisible metal. Your hair will only start turning green once you apply shampoo. Shampoos have high values of pH and once these products are applied on your hair, the dreaded precipitation happens again, causing your hair to turn green. Sometimes, a shade of turquoise is more prominent because of the visible copper sulfate or oxide.
If your hair is naturally blond, green becomes clearly visible because of the lack of pigment that masks the effect of the copper on your hair. Shades of green will become even more visible after the bleaching. Your hair then has more absorbency to keep the copper on your hair.
Gearing Up For A Green Battle
If you want to get rid of chlorine-green hair, just follow these simple tips:
The easiest way to get rid of so-called chlorine-green hair is to swim only in copper-free water.
Do Your Hair a Favor
Water makes your hair weaker by 20% when it is wet. Water damages your hair's color, be it natural or hair dyed, when it has copper. Learn your lesson. Do your hair a favor: stay away from substances that damage it, and treat it gently and properly when it is wet.
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