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With all the great weather this summer, have you or your kids spent a lot of time in the pool? How is it treating your hair? If you or your kiddos have lighter hair, you may notice a green tinge before summer is over. Blondes definitely notice this more than other hair colors. It usually grabs onto the driest part of the hair, which is the ends. The last few weeks of summer, before school starts, I get a lot of panicked phone calls of how to get the green out of hair. The good news? There are ways to prevent it and ways to get rid of it.

Leave-in conditioner is your best friend this summer. The sunshine and chemicals in the pool (especially the public pools) really dries our hair out. Adding a leave-in conditioner to your routine will help to prevent that. I personally love Paul Mitchell The Conditioner. It works great and is not heavy. You can even use it on your skin! Before you head to the beach or jump in the pool, run some through your hair to help with color fading and to protect your strands from chlorine (focus on the ends of your hair). If you are spending the whole day in the water, just re-apply the conditioner as often as you do sunscreen.

If you have spent your hard-earned money getting some amazing new highlights at the salon, I would tell you to definitely stay out of the pool for at least the first 48 hours. When you color your hair (especially highlight), you are opening up the hair, and it takes the hair a good 48 hours to close back up and seal itself. If you jump in the pool before then, you are going to have green hair almost instantly! So protect that new color your stylist worked hard giving you by avoiding dunking your hair in the pool altogether.

Though blondes are most affected by discoloration, I want all of you brunettes being just as careful. Chlorine is drying to the hair and will build up on the hair over time. Make sure you rinse your hair out after swimming in the pool each and every time. There are many professional shampoos that help remove chlorine and impurities. I would recommend contacting your hairdresser to ask them what they think is best for your hair. These products are deep cleansers and not something you want to use every day. They also can be drying to the hair, so use with caution and make sure you have a great conditioner to follow up.

If the hair is super green and the shampoo is not working, you need to contact a professional. There are treatments and different processes they can use to get the green out of your hair. If your hair or your kiddos' hair is super green, you need a professional to help with that. The best thing is to prevent it in the first place. So remember:

  1. Use a leave-in conditioner before
  2. Purchase a professional shampoo that removes chlorine and impurities
  3. Rinse your hair after swimming in chlorine

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