Blondes know the problem, but brunette women can also be affected: Green tinge in the hair. But don’t panic! We’ll tell you where the unsightly green cast comes from, how you can prevent it and what to do if a green cast has caught you.
Green tint in the hair: The causes
In addition to genetic factors, it is above all external influences that can give your hair an unattractive green cast. Especially in summer misfortune takes its course. Sun, salt water and chlorinated water are in many cases the culprits. If your hair is dry and strained, they absorb the metals from the water and turn green.
But even when blonding, dyeing or tinting, the accident with the green tint can easily happen. No matter if from dark to blond or from light to dark – missing red pigments are to blame for the feared green discoloration during hair dyeing. If your already cool hair color is treated with a coloring or tint with many cool color pigments, the colorants can overlap and your hair will turn green.
Preventing a green cast in your hair
- Dyeing, bleaching, heat, wrong care – all this is pure stress for your hair. The drier and more damaged your hair is, the more susceptible it is to a green cast. So care is the be-all and end-all. Use a conditioner, regularly apply a hair cure and provide your hair with sufficient moisture.
- Wear a sun hat in the sun to protect your hair from drying out.
- Avoid exposing your hair to chlorinated water. Either use a bathing cap or protect your hair by rubbing it with oil before bathing.
- You have already dyed or blonded unsuccessfully and therefore know that you tend to have a green tinge in your hair? Then don’t experiment with hair dyeing or tinting anymore. Better go into the trusting hands of your hairdresser.
Green tinge in the hair: What to do if it is already too late?
If you are caught, there are several ways to remove the green tinge from your hair. With these household remedies, you have a good chance of getting the colour accident under control.
- Lemon juice: Citric acid is a natural household remedy for the green tint in your hair. It removes the coloured pigments from your hair and lets them shine again. Simply squeeze out one to three lemons, depending on the length of your hair, and spread them evenly over your hair.
- Aspirin: Headache tablets? Sounds funny at first, but works wonders. Dissolve two effervescent tablets of Aspirin in a litre of water, spread the mixture over your hair and let it work for 15 to 20 minutes. Then wash your hair with a mild shampoo. The acid can attack the hair strongly, so be sure to use a hair treatment afterwards. If you are not sure whether your hair, freshly dyed and strained, will survive the acid, try the mixture on only one strand and wait to see how the treatment will work.
- Ketchup and tomato paste: Obviously tomatoes contain a good portion of red pigments that can help against the nasty green. Depending on what the fridge gives you, spread either ketchup or marrow generously over your hair and let it work for about 15 minutes. Then rinse thoroughly.
- Shampoo for red hair: Special shampoo for red hair has proven effective for a light green tint. Simply use it instead of your usual hair care routine or leave it on dry hair for five to ten minutes.
Help with green cast in the hair: Last Rescue Hairdresser
If none of the household remedies has shown effect, only the hairdresser can help. The professionals will treat your hair again with the right colour, and if necessary they can even over-colour it to neutralise the reddish pigments.
Nobody likes broken hair. So that everything runs smoothly the next time you dye, we have the best tip here: Dye hair.