Though brightly colored hair has come into fashion lately, green hair from too much time in the swimming pool has not. You know what I’m talking about, that sickly green hue that you mistake for bad lighting in June that can turn outright zombie-level scary by August.
I hear parents all the time ask, “Ack! How can I prevent my child’s hair from turning green?”
The good news for this frequently asked question is that a little education and prevention can make all the difference. For starters, what causes green hair, anyway? The culprit is the chlorine and copper in the water source. Oxidized copper binds to the hair shaft and takes on a green tint. (Think about oxidized copper you see on old buildings. It’s the same process.) This is not dangerous to physical health, only hair health, so no need to panic.
Between chemicals and chlorine in pool water, harsh sun and salt water, summer can take a serious toll on our kids’ hair. My response? I created a line of products that do just that. Meet my new Splash products, designed to spare swimmers hair and keep those locks healthy all summer long!
I’ve gathered some superstar ingredients in Splash that make all the difference:
- Activated Charcoal: removes the minerals that cause green tones.
- Phytic Acid & Vitamin C: neutralizes chlorine
- Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters: creates a protective barrier against chlorine and sea salt
- Coffee Seed Extract: improves texture and adds smoothness
- Pomegranate Juice Extract: improves vitamin absorption in hair
- Beeswax: provides a natural water repellant
- Sunflower Seed Extract: acts as a natural sunscreen
- Vitamin B5: provides intense moisturizing agents
BEFORE TAKING A DIP
Start with wet hair. Think of your hair as a sponge. When a sponge is already wet, it doesn’t soak up the ‘spill’ as easily if it were dry. Before jumping in the pool or ocean, wet hair with fresh water, then apply a generous amount of Swim Leave-In Treatment + Detangler. This will offer moisture and protection to hair all throughout the day, acting as a barrier to pool water or saltwater.
For hair that is shoulder length or longer, a tight bun on the top of your child’s head will make it harder for pool or saltwater to be absorbed. Secure a high pony tail with an elastic band on the top of the head. Twist the tail hair until it starts to bend and coil. Wrap the twisted hair around the base of the pony and secure with another elastic band. (Remember, hair is like a sponge, so this is like wringing it tight and making it less spongey!
TREATING HAIR POST-SWIM
It’s really important to shampoo and condition your hair post swim. For best result, use Swim 3 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner + Wash to remove chemicals or salt, and fortify hair with moisture and repair. Follow up with a generous amount of Swim Leave-In Treatment + Detangler and allow to air dry. (And before your next swim, remember to wet hair and pre-treat it with our Leave-In Treatment + Detangler for added protection!)
What do you say, ready to Splash?