Ah … summer!
The joys of sun, sand and surf. Lazy days floating in the water and sipping refreshing drinks while relaxing under an umbrella. Enjoying good times with friends and family.
Unfortunately, spending hours in the pool, on the lake, or at the beach don’t come without their sometimes uncomfortable and embarrassing consequences…
Green hair, anyone?
Developing green hair by the summer’s end is something with which many blondes are all too familiar. Maybe you think you’ll just have to wait for your green hair to grow out. At least by Halloween, you’ll be back to your blonde ’do, right?
Wrong! Help for your green hair is as close as your kitchen pantry or bathroom closet!
Get Rid of Green Hair
So, what really causes blonde or light-colored hair to turn green during the course of a summer?
Chlorine in swimming pools oxidizes metals in the water, including copper, iron, and manganese. It’s this process that results in “the green” (think about old pennies turning green over time), which bonds to the hair. If the hair is light-colored, then it will most surely take on a greenish tint.
If you’re already seeing green this summer, don’t worry. We’ve found several natural remedies for returning your hair to its natural beauty. Use these kitchen pantry and bathroom cabinet staples to get the green out.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – After shampoo and conditioning, rinse with apple cider vinegar (about 8 ounces for medium-length hair). Additionally, you may choose to add 2-3 drops of an essential oil that benefits dry hair (such as lavender, rosemary, geranium, or sandalwood) to the vinegar rinse. Save money by making your own apple cider vinegar.
- Alka Seltzer and Water – Crush two Alka Seltzer tablets into about ¼ cup water and add a squirt of shampoo. Work well into your hair and let it sit for 5 minutes. Follow with a normal shampoo and conditioning.
- Baking Soda and Club Soda – Sprinkle hair with baking soda (enough to cover all of your hair) and allow it to sit for 5 minutes. Rinse with club soda. Shampoo and condition as normal.
- Tomato Juice or Paste or Ketchup – Rinse hair with tomato juice. For darker green color, apply ketchup or tomato paste to coat hair. Cover hair with a plastic bag or shower cap. Let tomato product sit for 20 to 30 minutes. Shampoo and condition as normal.
Swimmer’s ear is a painful earache usually caused by an infection after water gets into the ear. The good news is that swimmer’s ear is typically not a serious issue, and you’ve probably got several remedies on hand right now that will ease the discomfort of swimmer’s ear and help you heal faster.
Heal Swimmers Ear Naturally
While it is important that you seek medical attention when you first notice pain, tenderness, or itching in the ear, several home remedies can help lessen the symptoms and speed along the healing process, including:
- Warm Garlic Olive Oil Drops – Soak a few pieces of grated garlic in a bowl of olive oil overnight. The next morning, strain the pieces of garlic, and then warm the oil. Use a dropper to add 2-3 drops of the warm oil to the affected ear.
- Warm Compresses – Use a heating pad (on a low setting) or a hot water bottle (wrapped in a towel) to place on your ear.
- Hair Dryer – Use a hair dryer on the lowest setting to blow the ears dry, getting any remaining water out of the ears.
- Vinegar and Alcohol Drops – Add 1 drop white vinegar and 1 drop rubbing alcohol to the affected ear, and allow to sit for five minutes. Let solution drain.
Prevention is Always the Best Remedy
If you’re a blonde and you’ve not yet dealt with green hair, take these precautions to keep it that way:
- Wet your hair with non-chlorinated water before you swim.
- Comb cocoa butter or conditioner through your hair and leave it in while you swim.
- Wear a swimming cap.
When I was a child, my swim teacher told my mother that dropping 1-2 drops rubbing alcohol into the ears and then holding them in place with a cotton ball for about 5 minutes would prevent swimmer’s ear.
My entire life, I have repeated this after-swim ritual and am doing so now with my own children. I have never had a swimmer’s ear infection.
That’s all it takes. Just a couple of drops of rubbing alcohol in each ear after a day at the pool, lake, or beach.
Whether it’s swimmer’s ear or green hair, the best way to treat it is to prevent it from happening in the first place. But should you become plagued with either, you’ll be armed with some practical steps using items you have in your home to feel better and look better fast!
What natural remedies work for you to get rid of green hair and treat swimmer’s ear?
This post was written by Mary from Writing Mom of 3.