How To Get Green Out of Blonde Hair

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Author Name: Beth Rush
Date: Friday March 1, 2024

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Are your golden tresses leaning towards resembling Mr Grinch’s Gorgoeus Green Goddess? Okay, green tint is not quite that bad, but it’s still an unpleasant experience. Especially if you just colored your hair in time for an event or have been diligent with your hair maintenance. How do you get the green to pack up and leave?  Here are some steps you can follow to help remove any green tones from your blonde hair. 

Identify the Source of the Green Tone

Before you start trying to remove the green tone from your hair, you need to identify where it’s coming from. Is it due from a recent color treatment? Or is it a result of environmental factors such as chlorine exposure or extra time in the sun? Knowing the source will help you determine the best course of action for removing the green tone.

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Here are some reasons why your blonde tresses may have a greenish tint:

  • Chemicals in the swimming pool: Most people assume chlorine is the reason their hair turns green. However, it’s oxidized copper and copper sulfate that sticks to the hair.  When these chemicals come into contact with the keratin protein in hair, it can cause a reaction that leads to a greenish tint. This is especially true for blonde hair, as the lightened strands are more susceptible to absorbing color. Chlorine only intensifies the reaction. 
  • Environmental factors: Exposure to certain minerals or metals, such as copper, iron, or selenium, can also cause blonde hair to turn green. For example, if you live in an area with high levels of copper in the water supply, this could potentially lead to a greenish tint in your hair.
  • Product buildup: Using too many hair products or using them too frequently can cause build-up on the hair shaft, leading to a greenish cast. This is especially true for blonde hair, as the porous nature of the hair makes it more prone to product buildup.
  • Sunlight exposure: Spending extended periods of time in the sun can cause the cuticles of the hair shaft to lift, allowing the inner layers of the hair to become exposed. This can give the hair a greenish tint, especially for blonde hair.
  • Hair dye: Certain hair dyes, particularly those containing yellow or orange tones, can cause blonde hair to turn green over time. This is because the yellow or orange pigments can mix with the natural pigments in the hair, creating a greenish hue.
  • Medical conditions: Certain conditions, such as jaundice or liver disease, can cause a greenish tint in the skin and hair. However, these conditions are relatively rare and typically present with other symptoms beyond a greenish tint in the hair.

How To Get the Green Tint Out of Your Blonde

You’ll be glad to know that a greenish tint in blonde hair is usually temporary and you can correct it with proper hair care and maintenance. If it’s a reoccurrence, and you’re concerned about the greenish tint in your hair, it’s always a good idea to consult with a hair professional for advice.

Here are some methods to try:

Use a Clarifying Shampoo

Clarifying shampoos are specifically designed to strip the hair of any impurities and products. In your case, this may help remove the buildup causing the green tone. Look for a clarifying sulfate-free shampoo that contains ingredients like charcoal or clay, known for their detoxifying properties. If you happen to have a clay mask in your bathroom, just make sure you use it once in the space of a week to protect your scalp from sensitivity and dryness. 

Apply a Toner

After using a clarifying shampoo, apply a toner to your hair. This will neutralize the green tones in your hair. Choose one formulated for blonde hair that contains ingredients like red, purple or blue pigments, which will help to counteract the green tone. Leave the toner on for 5-10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with water.

Use a Color Depositing Treatment

Another way to remove green tones from blonde hair is a color-depositing treatment. These treatments contain pigments that deposit onto the hair shaft to cancel out any unwanted colors. Look for a treatment specifically formulated for blonde hair containing warm, golden tones. Apply the treatment according to the instructions provided and leave it on for the recommended amount of time before rinsing.

Try a Vinegar Rinse

If the methods above don’t work, try a vinegar rinse. Mix equal parts water and apple cider vinegar and use it as a final rinse after shampooing and conditioning your hair. The acidity in the vinegar can help to break down and remove any residue that may be contributing to the green tone. Leave it in for three to five minutes to let it work (it may also work if you use it alone as a rinse). Be sure to rinse your hair thoroughly with water after using the vinegar rinse to remove any lingering acidity.

Try Ketchup

While that may sound like a joke, ketchup’s red, just like the color toner can counteract the green tinge. It also works because of the acidity levels in the sauce, it’s  3-4 pH can neutralize the green color. All you need to do is apply some into your hair and massage for a ew minutes. Leave it in gor half an hour, then rinse. 

Consider a Hair Color Correction

If none of the above methods work, you may want to consider a hair color correction. Your hair stylist will apply a new color formula to your hair which will override the existing color and remove the green tone. You can try this yourself, but It’s best to consult a professional hairstylist for this step, because they have the expertise and knowledge to achieve the desired results without damaging your hair.

How To Keep Green Out of Blonde Hair

The best way to prevent green tints in your blonde hair is to prioritize your hair maintenance.  

  • Use a color-safe shampoo and conditioner that are formulated for blonde hair.
  • Avoid using hot tools or heat styling products too frequently, as these can cause damage to the hair cuticle and allow the green tone to return.
  • If you notice a green tone developing after swimming in a pool, try using a swim cap or applying a protective conditioner to your hair before getting in the water.
  • Regular trims can also help prevent split ends and the green tone from traveling up the hair shaft.

Say Goodbye To Green Tint

While removing green tones from blonde hair can be a challenge, it’s totally possible. By following the steps outlined above and being consistent with your hair care routine, you can say goodbye to green and keep your bombshell blonde. 

Updated on March 1, 2024

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