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February 3rd, 2002, 01:02 AM
I am new to this forum and new to USMS.......I have been away from swimming for over 20 years and am going to jump back in next week. My question - are there any good hair products to keep us blondes from turning green? Or should I just resort to wearing a cap?

Thanks for any input.........


February 3rd, 2002, 08:53 AM
If you hair turned green before it will probably again.:( Some hair seems more suseptible to the copper in the water than others. I am blonde, hardly ever swim with a cap and have never turned green--brassy yes, green no. There are shampoos out there that might be helpful that are formulated for swimmers. Crushing aspirin and suspending it in water, pouring it over the hair, letting it soak awhile ,then rinsing may help.

Wetting your hair, putting conditioner on, then the cap may be your best bet.

Mark in MD
February 4th, 2002, 08:25 AM
Try using a shampoo product by the name of Ultra-Swim. It is supposed to remove chlorine from hair. It seems to work well for me. This is not to intended as a commercial here. Hope this helps!

February 4th, 2002, 10:51 PM
See my page "Swim Caps and Hair Care for Swimmers" Any questions about the subject are probably covered!
It is true that the chemicals (copper) are the worst culprits for the green color. Also the asprin and belive it or not ketchup tips can work. My advise wet hair in the shower to fill hair shafts, wear a swim cap and shower again with a conditioner..any type they are all chemicals, or try some of the tips for a really watertight swim cap, as the page says a really water tight cap will be a more tight fit theres no loose cap that can keep out pool water. The strap type caps will keep out more water then the thin strapless caps. the bubble ones do not pull hair, the soild one do a bit, both have better sealing then the thin race caps. Heres the sites address:


Theres lots of links and as the Huston H20 masters have said (see the link on their site) more info then you want to know!..have fun! And welcome to the lap swimming world. Its the best all round exercise there is that you can do till..when ever!
Armand Hammer (ceo oxidential petroleum )was a swimmer till his 90,s Rose Kennedy also and many more. enjoy your swims!

November 13th, 2003, 05:18 PM
my hair is thinning,wish i had green hair or any hair would do!!!!

November 13th, 2003, 05:32 PM
Paul Mitchell Shampoo 3 or Nexxus Aloe Rid work well.

November 13th, 2003, 11:27 PM
Blonde also and it doesn't turn green at all. Just makes it much lightner because naturally it a very dark blond. Don't wore a cap either I have short hair. I know that many men and some women with short hair wore caps but I swam back in the 1970's when I usually didn't wore one until the last few years when they became more the norm, so it doesn't bother me, and I use a strong shampoo.

November 14th, 2003, 01:32 AM
I love the flower swim cap on that website.

November 14th, 2003, 04:23 PM
wet hair, then cap it--all of it, no loose ends hanging out, unless you want them dry and green.

Also, I cut my hair short and stylish two weeks ago...how liberating! (I still cap it though!)


November 14th, 2003, 09:50 PM
The Speedo Flower Cap would be good for extra drag for sure!
Or to lighten up the "too serious" swim coach! This is a old thread that was revieved.. For some new tips for swim team hair care see this page attached to the main one


Easy ways to prevent "green meanies" the basics and some.

November 15th, 2003, 03:42 AM
Your right, it would definetly cause a lot of drag. I dont think I would be caught dead in a cap like that.

June 16th, 2008, 12:01 AM
I am new to this forum and new to USMS.......I have been away from swimming for over 20 years and am going to jump back in next week. My question - are there any good hair products to keep us blondes from turning green? Or should I just resort to wearing a cap?

Thanks for any input.........


There are two ways to deal with "green" hair from swimming:

1) Prevention. My daughter, who has fine, white-blonde hair down to her butt swims competitively year round. ALWAYS! Before she gets into that pool, she thoroughly wets her hair with tap water (soaking wet) and then liberally applies a cheap conditioner (we use Dove from Costco). This goes under her cap. This is every single time.

2) If, for some reason she DOES get some green in her hair OR just to keep her hair in good condition, we do an aspirin wash. I saw some people advise aspirin w. lemon juice, but the lemon juice is not necessary.

You do an aspirin wash like this:

Buy the cheapest aspirin you can find...uncoated works best and costs the least. Put about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of aspirin tablets in a large container of water. It will dissolve immediately. Put the dissolved aspirin in the hair and work it in. It will be very gritty and astringent. It is quite messy. Work it in well and leave it for about 5 minutes. Remember that aspirin is an acid, so know that it can irritate your child's skin, especially in sensitive areas. We do it in the shower for this reason.

Now wash it out with shampoo. It is very important to completely wash out the aspirin, and it may take 5 or 6 shampooings and rinsing to get this done. The hair will feel very dry and rough. Condition it well with conditioner and rinse very well.

You will not believe how clean and beautiful your child's hair will be after this treatment. It's simply astounding.

One summer league in which she swam, they had a horrible time keeping the copper out of the pool and her hair was green immediately. I tried every singe shampoo and treatment, including the really expensive shampoos, as well as vinegar, lemon juice, ketchup, etc. Nothing worked as well as the aspirin. Also, using my prevention tip has kept it from ever getting that bad again.

Good luck!