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The Vegan Solution for Swimmers’ Hair



Due to the vast number of products now available, choosing the right personal care product can become a confusing process for swimmers. After all, nearly all these personal care products claim to remove chlorine.

The swimmers’ personal care market is laser-focused on removing chlorine, but did you know the real cause of green hair isn’t actually chlorine? It’s a common misconception that chlorine causes that familiar green tint that many swimmers experience. However, it is actually Copper that is the cause, as it is added to pool water to control algae growth.

In reality, chlorine is only a part of the issue affecting swimmers’ hair, scalp, and skin. Although chlorine is a damaging oxidizer, the real culprit for swimmers’ damaged, dry, crunchy, gummy, hair is mineral build-up.

What’s Hiding in Your Water?

The most common minerals found in pools include calcium, magnesium, copper, and more recently, salts. Swimmers are doubly exposed to these damaging elements because it’s not only in the water they train in regularly, but also likely in the water that they shower in at home.

Most people don’t realize that what’s hiding in your shower water is often the culprit of many common and severe issues for the hair, scalp, and skin. Many Australians, especially in regional areas, are shampooing in hard water. Hard water is packed with minerals and harsh chemicals that can wreak major havoc on the hair, scalp, and skin. Hard water can even serve as a trigger for symptoms associated with severe conditions such as; eczema, dandruff, dry/irritated skin, and other issues.

Chlorine helps bond minerals onto the hair. This harsh oxidizer presents many threats to swimmers which may result in; discoloured hair, damage to the cuticle and protein as well as creating an oxidizing effect on elements within the hair, such as minerals. Active chlorine can leave hair feeling gummy when wet and straw-like when dry. Chlorine can alter the electrical charge of minerals in the hair, causing them to bond tightly to the hair, and may even change the colour of certain minerals. These highly charged minerals may, in turn, damage and/or discolour the hair. Oxidation of minerals onto the hair causes it to not only feel rough and brittle but also appear dull, brassy, lifeless, or fibreglass-like.

Associated Challenges

Other common and severe challenges that swimmers face include:

  • Ashy/brassy/muddy blondes and other discolorations, including swimmers’ green hair
  • Severe breakage and damage
  • Dry/rough hair
  • Poor grey coverage
  • Colour that fades quickly
  • Dandruff
  • Dry, irritated scalp

The Wellness Solution

Malibu C Swimmers Collection (includes a shampoo, conditioner and weekly treatment) addresses these challenges by gently, yet effectively, drawing out damaging hard water mineral build-up. Malibu C Swimmers Collection:

  • Restores damaged hair for improved manageability, shine, and strength
  • Reveals light-weight, free-flowing locks with body and bounce
  • Instantly removes discoloration including brassy, ashy, or muddy hues
  • Improves colour brightness, vibrancy, and retention
  • Soothes dry, itchy scalp
  • Helps prevent the recurrence of

Malibu C products are 100% vegan, cruelty-free and made in the United States. They are formulated without gluten, parabens, or sulphates.

Try Malibu C’s monthly treatment for severe build-up, the In-Salon Malibu C MakeOver. Let your clients experience this world-famous salon service that totally transforms swimmers’ hair, revealing their best hair ever!

Malibu C is exclusively distributed in Australia and New Zealand through Dateline Imports P/L. For more information visit or follow Dateline Imports Instagram or Dateline Imports Australia Facebook

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