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© 1979 Society of Cosmetic Chemists
Journal of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, Vol. 30, No. 1, 1-8


The green hair problem: a preliminary investigation
G. Ramachandra Bhat , Elvin R. Lukenbach , Robert R. Kennedy , Rogerio M. Parreira

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The phenomenon of blond hair acquiring a green tint when exposed to swimming pool water containing copper is examined. The GREEN coloration is attributable to absorption of copper by HAIR which occurs when the former is present in the water in the form of a weak complex such as copper sulfate. Oxidation of the hair enhances copper absorption and pretreatment with a formulated quaternary ammonium compound inhibits the process. The green color cannot be stripped by subsequent shampooing.

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© 1979 Society of Cosmetic Chemists
Journal of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists