Did Your Hair Accidentally Pick Up a Chlorine Green Tint? Here's How to Deal
It isn't easy being green—especially if your once-pristine highlights are starting to take on the tint. Whether you're a bottle blonde or completely natural, the risk of chlorine-green strands is a very real one in the summer. Why does this happen? When chlorine enters your hair shaft, traces of copper in the water stick to the proteins in your strands and oxidize, causing the color to form. Luckily, the shift in shade is very easy to fix, meaning you don't have to work an accidental lime green hue for the rest of the season.
Sure, pastel hair is having a moment, but the Incredible Hulk-esque tint a dip in the pool can give your strands is enough to make even the most low-maintenance beauty buff angry. Use a clarifying duo like TriSwim's Shampoo and Conditioner ($14 and $17; triswimbeauty.com) to strip your hair (without stripping essential oils) of the oxidized chlorine, but if you're in a pinch, simply rinsing with a bottle of apple cider vinegar ($5; gnc.com) works just as well. Before you jump in next time, make sure to wet your hair beforehand to prevent chlorine from entering the hair shaft, or mist on a leave-in conditioner.
For a one-and-done option, pick up Triswim's Shampoo and Conditioner ($31 for a set; triswim.com), which effectively strips the metallic elements from your hair—but thanks to the aloe-rich formula, the duo won't leave behind a dry, straw-like texture. If you're in a pinch, there are a variety of at-home remedies that can help. Letting your strands soak in tomato juice for 5 to 10 minutes can diminish the tint, but the best solution we've found is rinsing with a bottle of apple cider vinegar ($5; gnc.com). Before taking a dip in the pool next time, prevent the chlorine green tint from returning by pre-soaking your hair in tap water, or applying a lightweight leave-in conditioner.
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