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Help! My Hair Turned Green!

BlogBeauty Tips | August 1, 2018

It’s that time of year again!

 

Ahhh-sweet summertime! The sun, the sand, shorts, and flip-flops. It’s the kind of stuff that makes you stop and say “Life is Good.”

 

I will never forget one summer a few years ago. My best friend decided to spend the afternoon lounging around in the pool. While she was working on achieving that coveted JLo glow, her blonde hair was busy soaking up all those chemicals in her pool. At the end of the day, she popped out and went to check her tan in the mirror.

What did she find? Her hair had turned GREEN!

This is a fairly common problem that blondes have in the summer. As a self-proclaimed mermaid, I had countless years growing up where my blonde hair would slowly turn to green in the summer months, due to the fact that I refused to leave my backyard pool.
Back then, there wasn’t too much I was able to do. I didn’t have the knowledge or the tools to help. Back then you had two options. Pray that your green locks would fade or cut it out.

Nowadays, we have more information and products. We fully have the power to wipe this problem out. Before we get into all of that, let’s look at why hair turns green in the first place.

Hair that turns green does so because of the copper that is present in the hair. That’s right, that little shiny penny you are thinking about right now- that kind of copper. Trace amounts of copper are found all over, including water. So, what happens when something porous like hair is exposed to those amounts? You guessed it! You obtain a major buildup of copper minerals.

Why is this important? I want you to take a moment to think about something. Think about an old penny that is oxidized, or if you want to think larger scale, the Statue of Liberty. What happens when copper oxidizes? You guessed it again, it turns green. So an old penny, Lady Liberty herself, even old copper pipes have all suffered from no more than a case of oxidized copper. The same thing happens with those trace amounts in the hair. Oxidation happens, and an unwanted green cast appears.

 

Understanding how this happens is the key to being proactive. With this knowledge, I can customize my hair care and include products that help to remove these types of pesky minerals from the hair. I want to be clear, removing minerals and chemicals from the hair is not the same as clarifying the hair. Clarifiers work on the surface, they do not penetrate deep enough into the hair to pull these minerals out. Keep that in mind when recommending products or shopping for something yourself.

So, the next time you or your friend’s hair turns green, use your new found super knowledge to help get them sorted out and keep them from reliving the nightmare all over again.


The Solution


Personally, I’m a huge fan of Malibu C Swimmers Wellness line. Why? In short, because it works. It’s able to get all the annoying trace amounts of copper out of the hair, and it’s gentle enough to use daily. No more copper in the hair, no more oxidation, no more green hair!

If you are interested in learning more about a future in cosmetology, please fill out the online form on this page or call us at 1 (800) 964-1328.
For important consumer info, please visit www.empire.edu/ge

Robin Dalton

Written by Robin Dalton

Robin Dalton is Manager of Empire Beauty School’s Education Department. She is a licensed cosmetologist with 20 years experience in the beauty industry. Robin enjoys all aspects of cosmetology, particularly its constant change in trends.

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