Posts Tagged ‘chlorine’


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!


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?