Seeking Help from Hairdresser Moms

Updated on November 25, 2008
K.P. asks from Saint Petersburg, PA
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My 14 year old daughter has dirty-blonde hair. Within the last year she has had a problem with her hair turning green. Now....she is not putting anything like dye or spray or anything in it to turn it green, the hair is turning this way on it's own. A freind at work said it was probably from the chlorine in our water. I'm not so sure about that since she spent the whole summer last year at the pool and it didn't happen then. Any advice from any moms who have dealt with this would be truly appreciated. She is being made fun of not only by the kids at school, but some cruel family members as well. Thanks for all your help.

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answers from Erie on

Maybe you could look into putting a water purifier in too? Maybe you need a filter to get some of the metals out of your water.

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answers from Philadelphia on

i used to have this problem from swimming in the summer and we rinsed my hair with lemon juice... it dries your hair a bit so you have to condition, but it took out the green. Goood luck!



answers from Lancaster on

It does sound like her hair is turning green from chlorine. Try going to the beauty shop - or a Sally's beauty supply if you are close to one - they have shampoos/conditioners designed to take the green out. These shampoos work for other build- ups also. If the problem keeps getting worse this may be a problem with your water at home.
If it fades, and there is still alittle there you can try coloring her hair with an ash base hair color - ash cancels out green. BUT I would use caution - test strand first.



answers from Harrisburg on

Hi K.,

I am a mom and also work as a hairdresser specializing in children. I have been for 11yrs. I have seen this happen many many times. She has the natural hair color for this to happen to very easily. This is more than likely being caused by chlorine. When kids even adults swim for a period of time, it takes a little while for the green to show up. What it is is a buildup of chlorine. Regular shampoo does not and will not take chlorine out of hair. She needs to be using a clarifying shampoo. Clarifying shampoo removes chlorine and any buildup in the hair. I use a clarifying shampoo on my hair approximately once every other week to remove styling products etc. I would highly recommend purchasing it at a salon NOT over the counter. Matrix is the brand that I use but Im not sure if they sell retail sizes any more. But your stylist should be able to help you find one if you cannot find matrix. Oh one other thing, make sure you follow up the shampoo with a good cream conditioner. The hair will feel really dry after the shampoo, this is very normal. But once you put the conditioner, the hair will feel fine. I use Biolage hydrating cond. afterwards.

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answers from Pittsburgh on

Go to the salon and have them take a look at her hair. Most salons have treatment to help strip the chlorine out of the hair by sitting under the dryer.But also she going to need a very good hair cut. If you find after you wash it. that it's very diffucalt to brush it out. and it just knots up It's damaged from the chlorine. and NOTHING!!! but cutting most of it off (the bad stuff) is going to fix it.
If you have well water thats adding to the problem too.That's when she would need to use a clarifing shampoo and cond. everyday.
But take her to your salon, Thats where you'll get the most help. so they can see just what really what going on. It's so hard to give advice without seeing it in person. I hope it all works out for her.



answers from Philadelphia on

make sure she is using a shampoo for getting rid of chlorine. try paul mitchell shampoo three which gives the hair and scalp a deep clean,nexxus makes aloe rid which is also good at ridding the scalp and hair of chemicals and ultra swim which is good for swimmers. sorry she is having problems with the hair and people that are not so nice. i am not a hairdresser but have a history of being a swimmer and dealing with chlorine issues in the hair and scalp.



answers from Philadelphia on

Hi K.,I am a stylist at Serenity Salon Spa and Tanning in Chesapeake City and see alot of this ...Due to well water...You need to get a shampoo and conditioner for her that is for well water....sounds as if she has a big build up.
We have a product for well water...###-###-####..ask for W....I will help you



answers from Harrisburg on

It is not the Chlorine, in fact it is the hard metal that are dissolved in the water. Too much chlorine in the water does not cause blond, gray or white-haired swimmers' hair to turn green. Exposure to hard metals dissolved in the water -- particularly copper, iron or manganese -- is really to blam Metals are introduced into pool water through source water used to fill the pool, as algaecides or sanitizers, from ionizers, as a result of electrolysis, from water moving through recirculation pipes at excessive velocities, and from maintenance of aggressive (acidic) water conditions in the pool.
You can help reduce the build-up of metals and remove some oxidized metals from your hair by using shampoos which contain the chelating agent EDTA (ethylenediamene tetracetic acid). Washing your hair in warm water containing dissolved aspirin will have a similar result.
Also, when in a pool it should be monitored in the amount of dissolved metals that are in the water, and add sequestering or chelating agents to the pool to neutralize or remove metals from the water before they have a chance to be absorbed by your hair.e. Rinse your hair with fresh water immediately after swimming and don't allow chlorine to dry on your hair. I am sure you can prob find out more info from your water source about the metals in your household water. treatments and so forth.Wash your hair when you're finished swimming with a shampoo which is designed to repair damage caused by swimming in chlorinated pools.

Look for a shampoo which is pH balanced, contains sodium thiosulfate to dissolve chlorine, and which will replace protein eroded by chlorine exposure. Don't brush your hair when it's wet. Let it dry naturally, then brush only with a wide-toothed comb to lessen the chance of breakage.

Try to limit the use of blow dryers, electric curlers and curling irons -- they further dry out already dry hair

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