Love Island’s Lucinda left horrified after hair turns green – here’s why it happens

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If you tuned in to Sunday night’s Love Island, you’ll have watched plenty of drama unfold around Lucinda Strafford. The uproar was of course boy-related, but there was also drama in the girls’ dressing room after Millie Court found streaks of green in Lucinda’s lengthy hair.

Hilariously mimicking Lucinda’s accent, Millie relayed the conversation to her villa beau Liam Reardon – and as you can imagine, Lucinda was less than impressed at being told her highlights were turning a particular shade of pond green.

"The girls’ hair is going green from chlorine," Millie tells Liam. "I was plaiting Lucinda’s hair and she had green strands in it."

"Did you tell her?" Liam asks.

"Yeah she was panicking, like, ‘Oh my god. Are you joking?’"

This isn’t the first time in Love Island history that hair has gone green, either. 2018 contestant Hayley Hughes and her creamy highlights also suffered a similar fate – something that didn’t go unnoticed by watchers.

Taking to Twitter, one fan observed: "Hayley's hair is going green."

"Why is Hayley’s hair green?? Is she gonna turn into an ogre when the sun goes down?" asked another.

Why does blonde hair go green and how do you stop it from happening?

Going green does sound slightly dramatic, but it’s a common problem for blondes in the summer and happens because of chlorine and sun exposure.

"Due to copper content, pool water can turn blonde hair green," explains Anabel Kingsley, Trichologist at Philip Kingsley.

"To prevent this, avoid submerging your hair in the water, wear a plastic swim cap, or use a water-resistant cream that contains UV filters. This will help prevent colour change when you’re in the sun, or swimming in the sea or pool."

We definitely don’t think the contestant will fancy putting on a swimming cap, so a spray is probably the best remedy for Lucinda. That, and not dunking herself in the pool.

"To additionally prevent colour change, wear a wide-brimmed hat or sit under a beach umbrella," Anabel continues. "When styling, try a salt-free styling spray that nourishes hair rather than damages it."

Your clean blonde toolkit

Philip Kingsley Swimcap Water Resistant Mask, £19 here


This was originally formulated for the Olympic synchronized swimming team, and protects the hair from chlorine while also giving it a moisturising treatment.

Sun Bum Revitalising 3-in-1 Leave In Conditioner, £15.99 here


This leave-in conditioner detangles, conditions, and protects the hair and scalp from UV rays.

Beauty Works After Sun UV Spray, £12.95 here


This is designed to shield hair from UV exposure, minimise colour fade, and guards against heat-related damage and dryness.

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