How to Fix Blonde Hair that Turned Green

After 4 washes with swimmers' shampoo
After 4 washes with swimmers' shampoo

The Vacation

Plan and save, plan and save all year long for that perfect vacation. At least that is what we did with three other couples. We rented a house and a guest house in Kiva Dunes, Alabama. We traveled 14 hours from our Southwest Missouri home to enjoy time with friends, the beach, the houses with a private pool, and so much wonderful food.

The anticipation of planning the vacation all year long and finally placing the deposit in February with myriads of white sand, ocean, and not only one lovely beach house but two running through our minds was finally over. We were so excited for the drive to end and to just relax in the pool. Sigh, it was going to be heavenly, or so I thought...


Getting There

When we arrived at our weekly rental vacation home, we were exhausted. Everyone put their swimsuits on, got some snacks and drinks, and headed for the pool. There were 15 of us, including our kids.

I had clipped my hair up, but since I was not planning on getting it wet, I did not slick it down with conditioner. Since I have blonde highlights in my hair, my hair stylist has always warned me about my hair turning green in chlorinated pools. I have caught a lot of flack over the years for keeping my head above water. “What’s the sense of being in the pool if you aren’t going to get your hair wet?” I have heard it a thousand times. Nag, nag, nag.


The Pool

The adults were laid back, sitting on the stairs going down to the pool and standing along the sides in the water. This gave the hyper kids who had been stuck in the car for hours on end room to play. All of a sudden the adults were getting in on the fun. I sat on my step in the water with only my shoulders and head sticking out.

I noticed when I got in the pool I did not smell chlorine. Hmmm… weird, but it is a different climate, so maybe they have to treat it differently. What do I know? My daughter swam up to me and said, “Mom, this water taste like salt.” Then my husband overheard and “tested” it himself.

“You’re right,” he said. “You should be able to get your hair wet.”

Now, here I am surrounded by some of my best friends who have nagged me for years about being too prissy to get my hair wet in pools. They hear my husband say that I can get my hair wet. Crap!

The Dunking

We are in Alabama, and I look out in front of me, and it looks like 14 alligators are gliding toward me. Before I can even stand up to jump out, my husband grabs my ankle, my daughter grabs my arm, then unidentified hands seemed to come from everywhere.

I grabbed my nose and down I went. I came back up and they laughed at me. I laughed too. My best friend said, “Your mascara is making you look like a raccoon, but at least you can get your hair wet.”


Throwing Caution to the Wind

I reach up and grab my hair clip, “I guess I won’t be needing this anymore,” I say and fling it the side of the pool. I feel a sense of freedom. At first it was just dread because, in truth, I hate getting my hair wet, but it was fun to be able to splash and swim and play like all the others. I was no longer sitting on the side like some princess who feared melting.

My hair hung down my back. As I sat or stood in the water, at least 4 to 6 inches of it was in the water at all times. It felt good.


The Night Goes On

After approximately 3 more hours in the water, our adrenaline high and the kids hyperactivity had slowed to a crawl. Everyone got out and went to their assigned bedrooms. It was wonderful because each bedroom had its own bathroom. My husband and I were lucky enough to have scored the guest house with our kids – BONUS.

We went to our guesthouse around 2 am. I felt so itchy from the salt water and decided to take a quick shower. I did not even look in the mirror. I just got in, washed my hair and rinsed off, and got out.


Oh, THE HORROR

As I stood in front of the mirror combing my hair, I noticed how extraordinarily dark it was on the bottom 4 – 6 inches. My eyes widened.

“Honey, get in here,” I yelled for my husband.

He stuck his head around the corner from our bedroom, and started, “What is… holy crap!”

“I know,” I cried. “It’s green.”

He just stared at it for a moment. Then he pursed his lips together as tightly as he could. I was so entranced by having Leprechaun green hair that I ignored him.

I puffed up and said, “I am not going to let this ruin our vacation.” I was trying to be so brave. We had spent a great deal of money to get two houses a boardwalk away from the beach. “But I won’t be laughed at either.” I am in tears.

I look up from my hair in the mirror, and my husband has his back to me standing at the toilet. He is peeing, and I notice his whole body is shaking. He is laughing. I donkey kick his leg, and cry, “It is not funny.”

He burst into fits of laughter and said, “It… kind of… is… a lit…little… funny.” He could barely speak. I wanted to scream.

I put my pajamas on and ran out on our back deck. My two girlfriends are still out drying off and getting ready to go in. I tried to be calm, but it came out pathetically, “My hair is green.”

One of my girlfriends looked up at me, and said, “Oh my gosh!”

“I know!” I cried again.

She said, “Send him over here, now. I have some swimmers’ shampoo.” She had her own pool back home and always carried the special shampoo with them.

I said, “All right,” and yelled over my shoulder, “Go next door for some special shampoo.” I heard heavy footsteps going down the stairs. There was no more laughter.

She said, “Have you washed it already?”

“Yes,” I said with fear.

“Okay, okay. It may still be all right. Did you condition it?”

“Yes,” with more fear in my voice.

She didn’t say anything. I burst out, “What? What?”

She said, “Darlin’, the conditioner may have set it. That is why you have always wet your hair and put conditioner in it so the chemicals couldn’t get to the follicle of your hair.”

I wanted to melt into the deck. Feeling like a complete loser, I went into the house. I heard her yell, “Now, don’t worry! This shampoo should help.”

Oh, sure, I thought. You aren’t the one with green clown hair.


The Search for a Fix

I shampooed my hair with the swimmers’ shampoo four times. I let it sit in my hair for 20 minutes each time. It did fade the green, but it didn’t take out all of it. I could only cry.

Everyone else was in bed while I agonized. I got my netbook out. I started a Google search on “How to Fix Blonde Hair when it Turns Green.” I read some forums, and many said, “Do not condition it.” Some forums just had people laughing at the person who asked for help and then told the poor green-headed person that they hoped the new haircut turned out well with lots of LOL’s afterwards. I even read a few posts about using ketchup, but all of them were shot down as it being a failure. I was officially depressed and went to bed. I think the sun was rising over the ocean, but I didn’t care.


The Fix

About four hours later, I woke to my husband tapping me on the arm. “Sweetheart, wake up. I think I have figured it out.”

I sat up and saw that he was sitting next to me with a bottle of ketchup. I moaned and fell back on my pillow. “I already researched it. All the forums said it wouldn’t work.”

He had been up searching for fixes, too, and he said, “Not the ones I was on. Since it is a salt water pool, it is probably the algaecides they use in it that turned your hair green. The vinegar and the acid in the ketchup will act as a neutralizer and help strip the green out.” Not being a patient man, and definitely not knowing how to deal with a crying woman, he demanded and pulled my arm, “Get up, you’re trying it.”

I got up, went to the shower, wet my hair then soaked it in ketchup. My husband stood outside the door an yelled, “Just stand there for 20 minutes.”

I did, and the acid and vinegar in the ketchup was stinky and itchy. I rinsed. Still green.

“Do it again,” he told me. “It may take several times.

After four more ketchup washings and two more swimmers’ shampooings, the green had faded. I could still see a tinge, but it had faded enough to give me hope.

I couldn't believe it was working. I was prepared to spend as much money as it took to get my blonde hair back from the bowls of Leprechaun hell. I cannot believe I already had the fix with us. I bought that bottle of ketchup to put into the community food and snack reserve. Best money I ever spent.


Get Ye to a Stylist

Later that day, all of us girls went to Wal-mart. Feeling self-conscious, I put my hair up in a clip. There was still a definite green streak when all my hair was clipped together on top of my head. While we were in the store, we noticed that there was a hair salon. The other girls went on to shop, and I stayed to talk to the stylist.

“Well, any clarifying shampoo is going to help. You will probably need to get your ends cut when you go back home and let your hair rest. It has been through quite a trauma.” She handed me some Paul Mitchell clarifying shampoo.

By that evening, after two washings with the new shampoo, my hair began looking more normal. It did strip my highlights, but I didn’t care as long as it wasn’t green.

When I returned home, I had my stylist cut two inches off and layer it. I got the green under control while on vacation and a new hair style when I got home. I was ready for the change. So all’s well that ends well.


Final Thoughts and Advice

Before going on vacation or going swimming in a pool, any kind of pool, always wet your hair and slick it down with conditioner. I think if I had not been lazy and just taken it for granted that I was not getting my hair wet that night, I could have prevented the green hair. If you have blonde hair, highlights, or color, do not take chances. The major mistake I made was washing and conditioning after I got out of the pool. Be sure to have clarifying shampoo on hand at all times.

Steps in the Process

1. Wash with clarifying shampoo.

2. Wet hair and soak it down with ketchup.

3. Let it set for 20 minutes.

4. Rinse hair and check color. Repeat if necessary.

5. Don’t dry hair or use any kind of heat on it until you get it back to where you want it.


Other Solutions?

If you have other solutions, please share them in comments.

© 2011 Susan Holland

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

OMG-do I dare add 'LOL' here? My goodness you tell a good story! I especially liked the donkey kick...at least he TRIED to keep you from noticing his laughter.

Hey, too bad you didn't take that trip in March-just in time for St Pat's Day. :)

I would have loved to see the end results of the new style--Take a pic and add it please. :) :) I'm glad it worked out. Hit 'funny', interesting and useful.


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Denise, you are a funny girl! LOL I can laugh about it now, but I do wish my husband would have had at least a tiny bruise from my donkey kick. ;-) As a matter of fact, the kick just made him burst into uncontrolled laughter.

Hey, I could be the next St. Pat's Leprechan Princess of the Day! Hmmm... Dare I try it???

Okay, I will try to get my hair fixed for a picture, but only for you!

Thanks for dropping by. It is always a joy to hear from you. I hope things are going well for you.

Take Care! :-)


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annmackiemiller 5 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

oh dear - voted up and dare I say it -- funny


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

No, that is all right that you think it is funny - now. LOL So do I. ;-)

Thanks for dropping by and the "funny" vote. :-)


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA

I'm a brunette and just the sun turns my hair coloring from dark brown to an icky color of red every summer. I'm going to get it recolored soon. At least I am able to take care of it that way. At least you didn't let it ruin your vacation.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Voted up! My 23 yr old daughter came home yesterday with white and orange highlights in her once beautiful honey colored hair!!!! She was leaving for a Carribean cruise with her boyfriend in a matter of hours - I was trying to be delicate and I felt so bad for her but I said go to another hairdresser immediately! Get your money back from whoever did that to your hair. I didn't know what else to do I had heard that trying to fix it yourself can turn it green too. Luckily she got in to a friends shop and they were able to fix it before she left.

I have dark hair so I really appreciate this info - all 3 of my daughters have much lighter hair:) Thank you I know this will save me tears in the future:)


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your cybersister 5 years ago from Just relocated from Florida to the mountains of North Carolina

I'm sure that you were horrified, but your story was funny as most hair horror stories are AFTER, but NEVER during, the horror. I can sympathize because I have a green hair tale lurking in my past. I'm glad that everything worked out okay and that you got to enjoy your vacation.


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi RealHouseWife,

Wow, I bet your jaw dropped when she walked through the door. I am glad she was able to fix it before she left. A stylist was definitely required for that "mishap." I don't know if my ideas would have helped her on real color.

The clarifying shampoo and ketchup stripped the algaecide (sp?) that caused the green in my hair. It did take the hightlighted color too, though.

Your daughters need to wet their hair and slather it with conditioner and clip it up before getting into a pool. It will help protect from any absorbtion of chemicals. :-)

Thanks for dropping by! Oh, somehow your comment came up twice, so if you get a DENY from me, that is why. I am not sure what happened, but I didn't want you to think I DENIED you. :-)


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Cybersister, long time no see! Hope things are going well with you. You are so right - it isn't funny as you go through it, but it is if you can figure out how to fix it.

I was determined not to mope around all week until I could get back to my stylist to fix, but I was just sick inside. I am glad my husband went the extra mile and found the positive "ketchup fix" forums. :-)

Thanks for dropping by!! So good to hear from you. :-)


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your cybersister 5 years ago from Just relocated from Florida to the mountains of North Carolina

Things are fine, I've just been trying life outside of cyberspace for awhile. I've decided to sneak back in though, I just need to be better about time management.

It's good that your husband was supportive during your disaster - the last thing you needed would have been him picking on you. I'm sure that he couldn't help the laughing. Sometimes we laugh at the most inappropriate times, like during funerals, and just can't seem to make it stop now matter how hard we try. We just have to hope that those who love us understand and forgive us like you did in this case.


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Yep, I replied on your hub about Simple Pleasures. We need to keep perspective. :-)

(Sorry, I'm on my phone or I'd put your link. One technological challenge at a time. LOL)

My husband's laughter actually helped. Even though I was in tears, I was laughing through them when I was donkey kicking him. The big poop!! LOL


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Sholland - I did not know until I read this to have them apply the conditioner first! And yes I did nearly keel over when I saw my daughters hair! The last thing a girl wants to hear before flying out of town is "gosh your hair looks ugly!" lol

I did post twice - my computer is slow so I thought it didn't go through!


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

RealHousewife,

Oh, you are so right. No girl wants to hear her hair is ugly - ever. LOL I hope your daughter can laugh about it now.

I have posted twice before, too. I just didn't want you to think I denied you. :-)


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

I want to share this hub by Your Cybersister with those who are stressed about hair or whatever. It is the simple things in life that really matter.

http://hubpages.com/health/My-Ex-Husband-Was-Right


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

What a funny story! At least there's clarifying shampoo- I hadn't heard of it before! Great Hub.


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Simone! The real trick was the ketchup. It was best for taking the green out. The clarifying shampoo was the maintenance afterward. LOL Clarifying shampoo is great for build up. :)

Thanks for dropping by!!


fashion 5 years ago

Great hub.Really funny.

I enjoyed it


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

I am glad you found it funny and enjoyed. Thanks for reading!! :-)


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cheerfulnuts 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

I have dark hair, so I'm not aware that this could happen to blonde hair. Funny hub, especially at the part where your husband was laughing at you. It must be horrible for you that time, but at least you were able to fix it!:) You sure had a memorable vacation! Voted up!


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Cheerfulnuts! It was definitely memorable. And, yes, my husband thought it was so funny and could not contain himself. He still laughs about it, but now I laugh too. :-) YAY KETCHUP! LOL


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DebsW 5 years ago

Wow, interesting and funny story now that it's sorted :) a friend of mine used to die her hair different shades of green and orange depending on her mood lol - it only works if you choose to do it though. I didn't realise how much of a problem salt water would be either, good job your husband made you work on the ketchup so long. It was pretty sweet of him to do some extra research for you even if he did laugh at first :)


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Deb! Thanks for dropping by! It was very sweet of my husband to do the extra research, and it was also about self preservation on his behalf, too. LOL He didn't want a weepy wife all week even though I vowed not to do that. It was the aligicide in the pool that had copper in it that turned my hair green. So much for being safe. LOL


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tammyfrost 5 years ago from Oregon

I have really enjoyed reading this hub and it is helpful. Thanks for sharing.


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Tammy, I am glad you found it helpful. Thanks for dropping by! :-)


Amie Warren 5 years ago

Just so you'll know, clarifying shampoo is just very alkaline shampoo that opens up the cuticle of your hair so that whatever is trapped under it will be released. Dawn dishwashing liquid does the same thing, or any cheap baby shampoo. I once put a brown semi-permanent color on my hair and it turned green. My hairdresser friend brought me over the baby shampoo and some red vegetable based hair rinse. We washed my hair and applied the red rinse to it. Red + green = brown, so it at least was now brown.


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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Someone mentioned Dawn dishwashing soap to me, but it was after I had already done the ketchup treatment. Thanks for the info! So glad you dropped by! :-)


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BethanRose 5 years ago from South Wales

What a helpful hub that really comes in handy! I once dyed my hair blonde and I could have used information like this at the time. Voted up and useful.


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nifwlseirff 4 years ago from Villingen Schwenningen, Germany

Baby shampoo worked the best for my hair, when I had to regularly attend swimming lessons as a kid. I had never heard of ketchup as a fix - but vinegar/lemon juice would open the cuticles similarly, so it makes sense. I never liked the green - I always wished my hair would turn blue instead!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks for the tip, Nif! I just know that I felt desperate at the time. :-) Yes, I like blue much more, too. LOL

Thanks for dropping by!


mandakay 4 years ago

we have a permasalt pool and my blonde daughter lives in it. we have stumbled on your hub trying to find a fix. her hair is a lovely shade of green. wish us luck...


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

MandaKay, I hope it works - poor girl. It took 4-5 applications of ketchup for it to work for me, but I had taken a hot shower, shampooed, and conditioned first - bad move on my part because I think it set the green. Even after all that, the ketchup really did help. Make sure she puts conditioner on damp hair before getting into the pool. Good Luck! :-)


Hairstylist 4 years ago

Malibu shampoo works best...


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks, Hairstylist! Anything to help out in such a dreadful situation. :-)


desiree schroyer 4 years ago

did it really work cause im going swimming today and i have hightes


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Yes, it worked. My problem was I let my hair soak in the pool for several hours. Put some conditioner on your damp hair and put it up before getting in the pool. You should be fine. :-) Have a great time!

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


ValT 4 years ago

Your "ketchup tip" saved about 8 inches of my hair tonight!! Thank you a hundred times over'


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

YAY Val!! I am so glad. :-)

Thanks for sharing your success story.


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bridalletter 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

I did have that experience once. It was shocking. I am pretty sure I waited til it faded away. I had no idea that could happen. I am sure your hub will help some woman out! It is a long process getting it back to normal.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

I feel your pain, BridalLetter! It was shocking, to say the least. Now it is funny. :-) The ketchup and clarifying shampoo took most of it out, but I did have to go have my hair cut and highlighted to get back to normal. An ordeal I don't care to repeat. LOL

I high recommend prevention - put conditioner in damp or dry hair before entering any type of chemically treated pool.

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Who would have guessed that ketchup would work? wow! thank you! lol! next time this happens to me I know what to do!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Oh, Nell, has it happened to you too? I hope it never happens again. Put that conditioner on before getting into the pool or hot tub. LOL So TRAUMATIC! (Oh, I guess I am being over-dramatic, but it was not pleasant - lol.)

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


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renegadetory 4 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario

I wonder if your cure can work for blonde hair that has turned green from being coloured? I learned the hard way that once you have light blonde hair (from being bleached) and you decide to go back to being a brunette, the brown color fades and you are left with green hair, even if you choose a red-based colour. Well, if you dye your hair at home instead of going to a hair dresser, that is.

I know that when I have gone to the hair dresser to have it fixed, they fix the green by adding a red tint or red-based hair colour. Do you suppose putting ketchup on this greenish blonde hair would have the same effect?

Thank you for sharing your experience, because I would have never thought of using ketchup! In many ways I'm glad I don't bleach my hair anymore, but if I ever decide on highlights and have them turn green, I will definitely try your remedy!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hey Renegade, I hope you are able to fix your hair. I would try the ketchup. It is cheap, and I don't think it will hurt anything. Good Luck!!

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


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Audrey Baker 3 years ago from Arizona

Ketchup! It's great how many items we can use from the kitchen for beauty purposes. My mom always had me rinse with lemon juice after a swim. That seemed to do the trick. An unintentional green hue is never fabulous!


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Audrey! It is great how we can find everyday use things in the kitchen. Sounds like your mom is a smart woman. I never suspected my hair was turning green (and setting). LOL It was quite an experience and definitely unintentional! :-)

Thanks for dropping by!! :-)


Jocelyn 3 years ago

Oh my! Well my hair is currently greener than a gardener a thumb, AND my senior prom is in a few days. Woopy! Goin out for some ketchup tomorrow.


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Good luck! I hope you have a wonderful time at your senior prom! I will tell you, I still had a few very faded green streaks after the ketchup and clarifying shampoo treatment. I had to go to my stylist. You might try a blonde wash. I hope it works out.

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

I would never in a million years think of ketchup! Wow! I am so glad it worked out for you, but how scary ---


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Audrey! Yeah, the Internet really came through for me on that one. LOL It was scary, but I can laugh now. :-)

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


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Kevin Peter 3 years ago from Global Citizen

Very interseting hub. The story narrated in the hub is extremely funny. However I enjoyed the whole thing.


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eyesasc 3 years ago

huh, I never knew hair could turn green too !!

over here people are mostly brunettes and hair only turns grey if any :P


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Hi Eyesasc, yes, hair can turn green. While my hub is about blonde hair, it can actually be any color. My friend is a dark brunette but when she spends too much time in the pool, you can see green tips on her hair. It just shows up more for blondes. :-)

Thanks for dropping by! :-)


Alecia 3 years ago

Thanks for sharing your experience.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

We use to live in apartments in California with a pool. I remember when my friend went in her hair turned green it was short and it was green all over. It was funny but she wasn't happy. Voted up and shared.


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

I am sure she was not happy... I know I wasn't, but it makes me laugh now. I hope your friend was able to find a solution before cutting it all off!!

Thanks for dropping by, voting and sharing! :-)


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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

I laughed my way through your story, remembering when my (then) blond hair turned green about 40 years ago. I made the mistake of using one type of hair lightener over hair that had already been treated with another type. One was permanent color; the other, temporary. Apparently, the chemicals in one solution interacted horribly with those in the other. Result? Green streaks in my newly-blond hair. This happened just before I left on vacation to visit family in another state. I waited until my arrival there before trying to repair my hair, so my relatives had a good laugh when they first saw me.

You wrote about your experience in a very entertaining manner. Voted Up+++ and shared

Jaye


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Oh Jaye, isn't it nice that we can laugh about it now. THEN, it was horrifying! LOL Thanks for sharing your story with me. I am sure your family had a good time with your green hair, just as my family and friends did with mine.

Thanks for dropping by and the votes and sharing! :-)


Mari 2 years ago

Mix ascorbic acid with warm water and wash the hair. Gone in a couple of minutes :)


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sholland10 2 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks for the tip, Mari! :-)


Marianne 2 years ago

Ketchup - or in fact the cheaper option of tomato sauce) works ABSOLUTE WONDERS and will indeed get rid of a green tint caused by either dying your hair with a colour containing violet pigment such as 'Ash' and colour shades followed by the .0 or.1 (for example 8 or 8.1) vs colour containing red pigment such as colour shades followed by .3 and .6 (for example 8.3 or 8.6) Same for a green tint caused by swimming pools. The trick is to apply the tomato sauce to DRY hair and leave it for up to 1 hour. No need to reapply!!


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sholland10 2 years ago from Southwest Missouri Author

Thanks for the great information, Marianne!! :-)

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