Does clarifying shampoo work for green hair? Which one should I choose?

green hair woman

  • Clarifying shampoo is ideal for fixing green hair, but you should consider the causes that turned your hair green to choose the right shampoo.
  • If your hair is green because of chlorine, you can choose OGX PURIFYING + CHARCOAL DETOX, PAUL MITCHELL SHAMPOO THREE, or MOROCCANOIL CLARIFYING SHAMPOO.
  • If your hair is green due to excessive toner, you can choose GIOVANNI HYDRATING CLARIFYING SHAMPOO, NEXXUS CLEAN & PURE, or SHEA MOISTURE RESIDUE REMOVER SHAMPOO.
  • If your hair turns green after a dye application, you can use NEUTROGENA ANTI-RESIDUE SHAMPOO, HERBAL ESSENCES SHAMPOO, or WOW SKIN SCIENCE SHAMPOO. But in this case, I recommend going to a salon instead of a clarifying shampoo. And I’ll tell you why later.


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I wanted to dye my hair ash blonde, but it ended up green. How do I fix it?


 Clarifying shampoo is ideal for fixing hair that has turned green. 


And if you frequently go swimming at the pool, you know what I mean because you’ve likely seen how your blonde hair, after a few workouts in the pool, goes completely green thanks to the chlorine.

But chlorine is not the only thing that can turn your hair green.


Your hair can also turn green when you leave the toner on longer than indicated. Or it can happen when you apply a permanent hair dye without taking into account either your base color or the secondary tones of each color.

So there you are with your green hair. And you want to use clarifying shampoo to fix it, and the good news is that you can. But you must choose a clarifying shampoo to fix your green hair without damaging it.

And that’s precisely what I’m going to talk about next.


If the chlorine from the pool turned your hair green, use a clarifying shampoo that removes the chlorine residue

green hair because of chlorine

I’d like to remind you that if you often swim in a pool, it’s an excellent idea to protect your hair so the chlorinated water won’t affect the color of your hair.

But I don’t want to dwell on this topic.


Because what you’re worried about right now is your green hair. And some brands of clarifying shampoos include ingredients that help to remove chlorine without damaging your hair.

  • OGX Purifying + Charcoal Détox. It contains activated charcoal, for deep cleansing of chlorine residues.
  • Paul Mitchell Shampoo Three. Designed exclusively to remove chlorine residue from your hair.
  •  Moroccanoil Clarifying Shampoo . Besides fixing your green hair,  it also contains keratin, argan oil, and avocado to moisturize your hair.


You can use these shampoos once a week until you altogether remove the chlorine residue that turned your hair green.


To remove excess toner from green hair, use the clarifying shampoo twice a week

SheaMoisture shampoo for curly green hair

Since toner fades completely after three weeks, I recommend you use a clarifying shampoo made with a milder formula.

  • Giovanni Hydrating Clarifying Shampoo. It will moisturize your hair and remove excess toner.
  • Nexxus Clean & Pure. In addition to fixing over-toned green hair, it adds protein to the hair.
  • SheaMoisture Residue Remover Shampoo. It’s ideal for curly hair.


Remember, it’s important to use conditioner whenever you wash your hair with any clarifying shampoo.


If a permanent dye left your hair greenish, you could also use a clarifying shampoo, but it’s not a good idea

herbal essences clarifying shampoo for green hair

Why not? It’s because permanent dye contains ammonia and you apply it with developer. So your color-treated hair will already be weaker and more prone to breakage.

What happens if you’ve dyed your hair, it turned green, and then you wash it with a clarifying shampoo? You run the risk of ruining it. Don’t forget that clarifying shampoo contains ingredients such as sulfates and silicones that dry out the hair.


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So instead of using a clarifying shampoo, I suggest you go to a salon and get the colorist to apply the same dye color together with a 5 (red) undertone. That will fix your green hair without damaging it.


But since I know many readers will turn a deaf ear to my advice, here’s a list of what I consider to be the best clarifying shampoos to fix green hair after you’ve dyed it.

  • Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo.  It’s one of the strongest clarifying shampoos, which removes dye residue. 
  • Herbal Essences Shampoo. It’s enriched with jasmine and tea tree oil.
  • WOW Skin Science Shampoo. It contains apple cider vinegar.


You should use the shampoo up to twice a week for two weeks, as it may take longer to remove traces of permanent dye.



Clarifying shampoo can help you fix your green hair. But remember, it’s vital to use conditioner afterward to restore moisture and nutrients to your hair.

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