Posts Tagged ‘chlorine hair’

SWIMMER’S HAIR // REMOVING GREEN

Photo + post: Kristin Ess

Photo + post: Kristin Ess

Attention all pool mermaids! I get asked about removing “chlorine green” from the hair on a regular basis throughout the summer months. I wanted to share one of my favorite ways that I get rid of or minimize that tricky tone on my clients.  In my personal opinion this is one of the safest ways to remove “chlorine green”. The lighter the hair, the more porous it can be (as we see on my usually platinum-haired friend, Lottie above. She went on vacation and got in a chlorinated pool without doing a good POOL PREP first. Shame! Lol. Not gonna lie and say I don’t like the seafoam green shade, because I do, but she doesn’t and it’s not healthy for the hair to leave it as is. My go to: THIS MAGICAL KIT! If you’ve ever used it you know it gently removes the green. There’s a shampoo, conditioner and 4 powder packets. You mix the packets with warm water, let it turn to a gel consistency, apply, add heat, rinse. As you see, there’s still a teeeeeny bit of a green tinge but from Lottie’s platinum hair, it took out about 90-95% of the green hue. I just love it and the hair feels amazing after the treatment. Keep this on hand if you swim a lot. Even if you’re brunette! Just because you can’t see the green doesn’t mean it isn’t there. If your hair feels dry and brittle after swimming or if you know a pool is heavily chlorinated, do a treatment! Pro Tip: whatever you do, never try to bleach chlorine green out of the hair! Metallics can react to the bleach causing major damage.

Happy swimming!

PREP YOUR HAIR FOR SWIMMING

Vacation, staycation, daycation? However you decide to classify your next round of downtime, we hope there’s a pool or an ocean involved. But here’s the thing, little mermaids– you need to prep your hair for swimming, especially if your hair has been colored. We’ve talked about POOL HAIR before but only about what to do after you get out of the water. Let’s take a minute to discuss our favorite pool pre-game. Over the last year, I tested out a few random methods like spraying in leave-in conditioner all over, covering my hair in spray-on sunscreen, It’s not a lot of fuss and will save you so much hassle later. Here’s what I find works the best…

  1. Measure out 4 tablespoons of Wella Enrich Conditioning Mask. I use this particular conditioner because it’s my favorite mask and it leaves  your hair abnormally soft, but you can use your own favorite mask if you don’t have or can’t get that one.
  2. Mix that with 4 cups of warm water. I suggest using a wire whisk to make sure you break up all of the conditioner chunks.
  3. Once that’s done, pour all of it into a large spray bottle and shake it a little more, just in case! (Also shake it again right before you use it.) TIP: Make sure you get a large spray bottle. You’re going to want to soak your hair with this liquid so if the bottle doesn’t put out a lot of spray, it could take longer than desired.
  4. Once you arrive at the beach or the pool, drench your hair in this spray before jumping into the water. I always put it in a braid or bun, but you definitely don’t have to.

I think the reason this works is because much like a sponge, hair soaks up the first liquid it comes in contact with. That liquid works its way to the center of the hair once the hair is drenched and then it has little or no room for pool water or salt water. I’ll be honest, I don’t have scientific proof that this is what happens, it’s just my theory because I can tell you– there’s a HUGE difference in the feeling of my hair when I use this method vs. when I don’t. After 4 days of swimming in a pool in the super-sunshiny desert, this is what my red hair looked like…

If you have any favorite pool hair remedies, by all means share them in the comments below. You know we love hearing about your methods!

WEEKEND EDITION: CHLORINE IN THE HAIR

photos/graphic design/post: Kristin Ess

Many of you have been so helpful with sharing your own tips + tricks. So what do you do to avoid chlorine green? There are so many methods out there! Here’s our favorite:

  • Wet your hair in the shower before jumping in the pool. Make sure your shower water isn’t chlorinated. If the chlorine level in your shower water is high you should be using a water filtration system like THIS ONE.
  • Wring out the water and apply regular conditioner to the middle + ends of your hair. You don’t need a ton- the size of a quarter will do the trick. Don’t rinse it out.
  • Now put your hair in a low tight bun before jumping in to the pool.

Hair is just like a sponge. Whatever it soaks up first will likely sit on the inside allowing very little chlorinated water to make its way to the middle. By soaking the hair with unchlorinated water + conditioner first, you’re protecting the majority of your hair and avoiding a very harsh removal process later on. After a chlorinated swim, always wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo like THIS ONE or THIS ONE. Even when the chlorine only hits the surface, it can still greatly effect the shine of your hair because it roughs up the cuticle (outer layer). Rough cuticles = brittle hair. Condition well with a moisture rich mask after using a clarifying shampoo.

So spill it! What’s your best trick for avoiding green, brittle, dull chlorinated hair?