Swimming remains a favorite pastime for young and old -- and every age in between! Unfortunately, that means swimmer’s hair is on its way, infamously known for its greenish discoloration, breakage, and dryness. The greenish hue is much more prevalent for those with blonde and lighter-colored hair. In extreme cases, the green discoloration can be noticeable in those with darker levels of hair. 

For years, people have blamed chlorine for the greenish hue that appears after swimming. While they’re not entirely wrong, chlorine isn’t the only offender and isn’t exactly what’s giving you green hair.

The real culprit behind your green hair is the reaction between the chlorine (or other sanitizing chemicals) and copper. Keep reading to see why these elements are added to pools and how you can remove and prevent their harsh effects on your hair. 

Why are Chlorine and Copper Used in Pools?

Chlorine remains the top sanitizer for pools, hot tubs, and even drinking water. It is particularly effective in killing various types of germs in the water. However, chlorine and other sanitizing chemicals are oxidizers that oxidize another substance. 

Dodging the Bullet: Preventing Discoloration

Don’t think you have to give up making a splash in the pool or playing mermaids with your friends.  You can prevent this reaction from discoloring your hair, and it’s not as difficult as you might think. 

  • Leave-In Conditioner Mist
    • Prevents your hair from absorbing some of the sanitizing agents and other materials.
    • Bonus: Our Leave-In Conditioning Mist gently detangles and protects against UV and thermal damage, as well!
    • A convenient little packet strictly for chlorine removal
      • Freshly activated vitamin C - just pour and mix!
      • Pour into the Leave-In Conditioner Mist for a chlorine-removing detangler! 


What Removes Chlorine from Hair?

One common solution floating around the Internet mentions immediately rinsing your hair after the pool. While this may rid some excess pool chemicals, did you know that most well and municipal water (softened or not) contains a high amount of chlorine, other chemicals, metals, and minerals? You’re rinsing your hair with what you’re trying to remove.

Here’s what you really need: 

Crystal Gel Service/Malibu Makeover (In-salon only)

This powerful in-salon service reveals your hair’s true beauty by removing deeply embedded minerals and metals (and, yes, even medication buildup!). Think of this as your routine cleaning with your dentist. It’s going to remove and reduce the heavy buildup (or plaque if we’re referring to the dentist).

Swimmers Wellness Collection 

A great way to maintain your Crystal Gel service (aka your deep cleaning) is using the Swimmers Wellness Collection at home! This is comparable to your everyday teeth brushing routine to prevent intense plaque buildup! This collection is great for any type of swimmer. Here are some key benefits that come in the collection: 

    • Swimmers Wellness Remedy
      • This little sachet has your secret weapon: freshly activated vitamin C with other key ingredients to help break through the chemicals, metals, and minerals sitting on your hair. Use it right after swimming to break through the buildup.
    • Swimmers Wellness Shampoo
      • Our exclusive sulfate-free, multifunctional surfactant technology
      • Combats crunchy, gummy, dry, brittle hair
      • Retains hair’s natural oils for maximum moisture and shine
      • Prevents and removes green discoloration in hair
    • Swimmers Wellness Conditioner
      • Plant-based proteins strengthen from the inside out
      • Keeps hair tangle-free
      • Replenishes vital moisture for radiant shine and maximum manageability

Check out how to use it! 


By incorporating Malibu C into your swimming hair care routine, you can maintain your hair, keeping it vibrant, shiny, and healthier for the entire pool season!

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