pH, what does it mean to you?

TR and Chlorine/swimmers green hair - Although chlorine is thought to be the only cause of green hair, your hair turns green from the presence of hard metals (copper, iron, and manganese) in the pool water. The metals are oxidized by the chlorine and then bond to your hair, causing the greenish hue. Chlorine is bleach and it will cause hair pigment to lighten. Color-treated hair may fade, and darker hair may become less shiny.

TR and BKT treated hair tends to absorb chlorine, becoming further damaged and over-processed. Chlorine affects hair more than salt water. Chlorine and hard water minerals can all cause serious damage to the hair not to mention leave it unmanageable, frizzy and for some; weighted and lifeless. If green hair is going to occur, it is most common on swimmers with light blonde hair, and light skin. For the light skinned blonde, though, the treatment is not so easy. You will need to locate and purchase the appropriate products.

Swimming - You wouldn't go in salt or chlorinated water without it. Chlorine and hard water minerals can all cause serious damage to the hair not to mention leave it unmanageable, frizzy and for some; weighted and lifeless. Chlorine can form green cast on the hair too, and it is most obvious on blondes and grey hair. It is not so obvious on black hair, as the green becomes lost in the background color.

Chlorine affects hair more than salt water. Chlorine and hard water minerals can all cause serious damage to the hair not to mention leave it unmanageable, frizzy and for some; weighted and lifeless. Chlorine can form green cast on the hair too, and it is most obvious on blondes and grey hair. It is not so obvious on black hair, as the green becomes lost in the background color.

What to do before swimming in chlorinated pool/sea water - First soak your hair with fresh water for 2-3 minutes. This will help your hair to absorb the fresh water and won't be able to "hold" the chlorinated/sea water. Run Conditioner through it. This will prevent chlorine/sea water from being absorbed into your hair. Then, if possible put on a tightly fitting swimming cap.

After swimming in chlorinated pools/sea water - Immediately rinse your hair with fresh water after swimming. Don't allow chlorine to dry on your hair. Shampoo the hair. Follow-up with Conditioner.

Sun bathing - When lying out in the sun, try to use hats, scarves to help protect against color fade and the drying effects of the sun. Kerastase Bain Apr├Ęs Soleil line is good for treating hair after sun and salt/chlorine water exposure. They also have a special clarifying shampoo.