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Get Rid of the Green: Blonde Hair and Swimming Pools

After a summer full of swimming, you may have the same problem as my two stepdaughters: bright, vivid green hair from swimming in a pool.  Don’t worry, you aren’t doomed to Incredible Hulk hair forever.

Did you know that despite chlorine being blamed for turning hair green, it’s actually not chlorine’s fault at all?  Oxidized metals in the water bind to the protein in your hair, depositing its color.  Green tint is actually caused by copper (source: About.com Chemistry).   Imbalanced pH levels in the swimming pool also contribute to turning hair green, as metallic material in the water is dissolved.  The imbalanced water rids itself of the excess, leaving suspended copper to attach to your hair and develop the sickly green color (source: PoolManual.com).

The best way to tackle green hair is to prevent it in the first place.  Rinsing your hair with clean tap water before getting into the pool prevents your hair from soaking up as much pool water, since it’s already saturated. Combing a conditioner through your hair before swimming can also prevent copper from binding to your hair.  Last but not least, rinse your hair with tap or distilled water after getting out of the pool.  This not only prevents the green discoloration, it also removes the chemicals that damage and dry your hair.

But if it’s already green, what can be done?  My youngest stepdaughter, after months of swimming in a pool at her other home and no one helping her to take any steps at all to protect her hair, ended up with deep green, dry, brittle hair.  She was embarrassed by it, so I researched how to get rid of the green.

There are many home remedies out there for removing the green from hair, and commercial products, like swimmers’ shampoo, are also available.  I decided to try what seemed like the simplest remedy: baking soda.

When my stepdaughter took her bath, we mixed baking soda with shampoo until it created a paste.  I used just enough shampoo to wet and hold together the baking soda, as it is the baking soda doing most of the work here.  I worked it into her hair until the baking soda/shampoo paste formed a relatively thick mask on her hair, focusing on the darkest green spots.  I set a timer and let the mixture remain on her hair for 10 minutes, then washed it out and used a deep conditioner to repair some of the damage.  Almost all of the green was removed with one treatment.  We followed up the next day with another treatment, and her hair was back to 100% blonde!

Want to try something else?  I haven’t tried any other remedies, but here are other ideas:

How to Remove Green from Hair

Home Remedies to Remove Green Tint from Blonde Hair

How to Remove Green Discoloration from Hair

Preventing and Fixing Green Hair after Swimming

*Green hair image courtesy of AmalieSmidth on Flickr.com*

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Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Thanks to a Sephora recently and finally opening in my area, I have been able to expand the brands that I test and review.  I picked up Benefit’s They’re Real mascara based on these marketing claims:

What it does:


Research results:
-94% saw dramatic length and volume*
-90% saw base-to-tip curl*
-94% saw visible lift*
-100% saw long-wearing results*

This mascara features an exclusive brush specially designed to maximize the performance of the long-wearing, glossy formula revealing lashes you never knew you had! Staggered bristles grab close to the root, boosting length and volume beyond belief. The precision bristles on the custom-domed tip lift, define, and curl even your tiniest lashes. The end result is luxurious, silky lashes that won’t smudge, clump, or dry out.

From Sephora.com


The first time I tried this mascara, I swore I had to have applied it incorrectly.  How else to explain the Super-Glue stickiness, clumps, and overall unattractive results?  So the next time I tried it, I tissued off some of the mascara from the brush for a lighter application.  Same gloppy, sticky results, no matter how many times I tried applying it or how differently I applied it.


I shouldn’t have been surprised, since I thoroughly loathed another mascara by Benefit, BADgal Lash Mascara.  It seems to me that Benefit has the real possibility of putting Super Glue and Gorilla Glue out of business with their sticky messes, but have no idea how to make a decent mascara.


My summary: zero stars out of five.  I hated this product and found no redeeming qualities about it at all.


Needless to say, I returned this mess of a mascara and got a refund to hopefully try out something better!


Did You Know…

…that the average human face has 20,000 pores?

…that the #1 selling cosmetic product in America is Maybelline’s Great Lash mascara?

…that Avon, in 1989, was one of the first major cosmetics companies to announce the end of animal testing in the safety testing of its products?

…that the world’s best selling fragrance for men is Armani, and for women is Chanel No.5?

…that M.A.C. stands for Makeup Art Cosmetics?

Check out Diva Girls Parties and Stuff Beauty Trivia page for more essentially useless but sort of interesting facts and trivia!

Beauty Quotes

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” —Elizabeth Kubler Ross

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.” — Miss Piggy

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words;
Watch your words, for they become actions;
Watch your actions, for they become habits;
Watch your habits, for they become character;
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

I’ve loved Miss Piggy from way back, but that last quote is truly my favorite. No amount of make-up, surgery, tricks, fancy products, creams, or lotions can truly help a person who is ugly on the inside. One of the most effective beauty tips may be simply to be good to other people, and to show light from your heart instead of darkness. There is nothing more beautiful than love.

Beautiful Child

I discovered this article while cruising around online this afternoon: Your Child is Beautiful–What is a Parent to Do?

Some hightlights of the article (for those you who are going to cheat and not really read it, shhhhh):

*Mothers are more likely to be more attentive toward a beautiful infant.

*Children who are attractive are perceived as having more positive virtues.

*Even people who knows a child intimately will judge them differently if they are unattractive.

It’s disturbing but not surprising that appearance is such a huge factor even for infants and children, long before they are aware of society’s obsession with looks. It’s particularly disturbing that attractive babies receive more attention from their mothers (no data on fathers, I suppose. Typical.) I’m sure people are barely aware of their bias or behavior when children are involved, especially their own. It is sad that such a shallow message is delivered to children so young.

What are your thoughts or opinions on this? Is an emphasis on appearance so extensive that we actually tend less to children we don’t view as attractive?

Things I Don’t Get

I adore make-up and the girly fun that goes with it, but there are a lot of things that stop me short and make me wonder exactly what some women are thinking. Here are just a few:

  • *BOTOX*: I realize we’ve touched on this previously, but let’s consider this again. Paralyzing your face muscles with toxins related to food poisoning, for the sole purpose of reducing wrinkles. Hmmm. Sure, sounds reasonable…for a neurotic, self-obsessed princess who wears “Hottie” baby T’s.

*WAXING EYEBROWS*: I had a friend who religiously had her brows waxed and would moan how shaggy and unkempt she was when she went longer than 15 seconds without an appointment with the eyebrow-ripper. Intrigued by her devotion, I actually tried it once. Expecting a magical transformation, I eagerly grabbed the mirror once the waxing was over, and behold…no perceptible difference whatsoever! Unless your eyebrows closely resemble wooly caterpillars mating above your eyes, I seriously doubt this beauty ritual is necessary.

*PINK OR RED EYESHADOW*: Redness around the eyes is typically a symptom of a hangover, lack of sleep, illness, pink-eye or other disease of the mucous membranes. This is the look you are going for?

*TALON FINGERNAILS*: Clearly a status symbol of not needing to wash dishes, type, make sudden movements, or perform other menial tasks requiring full use and control of your hands…they are certainly attention-getting, but they instantly conjure images of LaFonda from Napoleon Dynamite for me. Being a working gal, I simply can’t get past the enormous impracticality of it.

That was just to get us started. What is on your “WTF?” list of beauty trends or practices?

*to be continued!*

How Do You Define Beauty?

How disheartening (and telling)…as I searched for thought-provoking articles with the phrase “define beauty”, one of the very first hits is a plastic surgery website. Indeed, is this how we define beauty anymore: artificial, mail-ordered, fake, the surgical removal of what is not hip and trendy, and the addition of what is?

How sad. The most beautiful people in the world to me will never gleam from People magazine’s cover. There’s something that shines and glows through a person’s face when he or she is genuinely loving, caring, with beauty reigning on the inside. No cosmetic product or surgery can mimic it.

How has beauty become so cookie-cutter, so rigid, so artificially defined? It’s a particular body size and shape, a certain lip shape with a particular fullness, an eye color, a specific amount of bleach on the hair…ladies, we owe ourselves better than this. We are more than this.

The more women bleach their hair to look like some plasticized Barbie doll celebrity of the moment, the more I want to embrace the darkness of my own hair; the more women inject their faces to limit their expressions so they won’t get wrinkles, the more I want to yell, scream, laugh, express myself to the hilt. And the more society wants to cram us women into a tiny definition of beauty, the more I wish women would rebel, thumb their noses at the society who wants to clip their wings, and let that inner beauty burst through. What is more beautiful than a strong woman?