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SUNSHINE99999 Posts: 18,482
7/23/13 9:42 P

not enough hair to worry about it, but good luck getting it out. emoticon

EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
7/23/13 8:05 P

Vinegar is a wonderful rinse for your hair whether you swim or not. Makes it so soft and shiny! And it's cheap. Get a big jug of it!

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/23/13 3:03 P

I keep a bottle of water + baking soda and a bottle of vinegar in my shower. It really does make the hair very soft. I love it!

Plus some vinegar in a sport bottle or old water bottle would be much easier to take in your gym bag than a can of tomato sauce and a can opener. Imagine the awkward conversations when people ask you why you have a can opener in your gym bag! ;)

ANARIE Posts: 13,184
7/23/13 1:52 P

It's actually the copper in the algicide, not the chlorine. Any acid will remove it, and diluted white vinegar would be a lot cheaper than tomato. (It's also great for general cleaning and especially for cleaning glass.) If you don't have a problem with dry scalp, try making a paste of baking soda and water to use as a shampoo, then rinse twice, first with dilute vinegar and then with water (with maybe a drop of lavender or jasmine oil to smell nice.) It helps balance the pH of your hair and scalp, it makes hair soft, and it doesn't leave any residue or add any chemicals to the environment. Plus it's tons cheaper than shampoo.

I've pretty much stopped buying cleaning products, except bleach. I get the giant bags of baking soda at Costco, big bottles of white vinegar, and bleach, and I haven't found anything yet that I can't clean with some combination of those items.

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7/23/13 1:01 P

I am a natural blond who swims a lot, and I have never, ever had this happen. Pools that are well maintained will not turn your hair green.

Most pools are salt water these days anyhow...hate salt drying to the skin and hair!

NANAS4GIRLS SparkPoints: (77,198)
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7/23/13 11:27 A

I knew of someone years ago,( she had dark skin and hair, that it would happen to), even the folds of her skin and in her ears would turn green. They were told that there was too much Iron in the Pool Water, The Pool Supplier told them what to use and the problem went away.

BRATFLORIDA SparkPoints: (9,966)
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7/12/13 6:29 P

*Points down at Cheryl's response* Exactly what my hairdresser said. I'm a dyed blonde and my step-son is a natural blonde, until we got the tip of getting hair wet/or putting cheap conditioner in, we BOTH had a decided green hue to our hair from the pool...

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7/12/13 9:52 A

I had the same problem when I was younger, dyed hair or not. Strangely, washing hair with beer worked too. There is now shampoo and conditioner (sort of on the expensive side) that is for this problem. I've heard vinegar works too, so I'm wondering about the acidity that would be in the tomato paste and the vinegar being what works. Just a thought.

LEANGIRL22 SparkPoints: (24,334)
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7/11/13 10:56 A

This was just on Dr. Oz - he said to coat the hair in tomato paste - haven't tried it, but you can check out his website.

CHERYLERBE1 Posts: 200
7/11/13 10:40 A

I do water aerobics 2-3 times a week and I was told two things when you shower before make sure all your hair gets wet then it won't absorb the chlorine. and 2 Put a cheap conditioner in your hair before getting in the pool the condioner blocks the chlorine and softens your hair while your at it.

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,868
7/11/13 10:26 A

your right doesn't just happen to color treated hair natural blondes do have this problem, glad it could help some people

CAMEOSUN SparkPoints: (86,617)
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7/11/13 10:21 A

My sister is a natural platinum blonde & this happened to her often. First time I've heard of the tomato remedy. Thanks for sharing it.

DROPCONE Posts: 1,592
7/11/13 9:50 A

It isn't just dyed blonde hair! Happened to me when I was a kid (under 10, and not coloring my hair, of course) all the time!

7/11/13 9:26 A

It happens to blondes who swim in chlorinated pools often, and I think that the sun (like here in Arizona) accelerates this phenomenon. As a kid, my hair was always green during the summer (as I was more platinum then). We used to think it was pretty cool then -- of course that was before the days of dying your hair rainbow colors.

I've also seen it happen to polar bears who live in warmer-climate zoos and have chlorinated water to swim in.


CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
7/11/13 8:53 A

apparently this is a known problem with dyed blond hair and the chlorine added to the pool water

EOWYN2424 Posts: 9,108
7/11/13 2:40 A

wear a swimming cap

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,868
7/11/13 2:19 A

I saw this on TV and since I'm in the pool a lot had to listen although this hasn't happened to me I thought I'd pass this tip along. Some woman was complaining about her hair turning green after going in the pool (she was a blonde but I've seen hit happen to brunettes to).
They said to put tomato sauce on your head and let it sit there for a bit and then wash it out with regular shampoo.
It's because of the copper in our hair and that helps it not to turn green....

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