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The Latest Pool Safety Tips You Need to Know

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Watch out for chlorine.

Chlorine is a common additive to keep pathogens and bacteria from ruining everyone’s favourite summer activity, swimming in a pool. What you might not expect is how chlorine can trigger chemical reactions with other common elements and compounds. “If the water has copper in it, as well water often does, the copper can become oxidized by chlorine,” shares Doris Day, MD, clinical associate professor of dermatology at NYU Langone Health. “In turn, it can bind to the hair shaft and turns blonde hair green.” Dr. Day recommends wetting hair with tap water before swimming so strands can’t absorb as much chlorinated water, then using a vinegar rinse after swimming to keep hair free of green hues. (Also, these blonde hair products can help you maintain those icy locks.)

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