Salon inundated with requests to treat 'green' hair caused by 'acid imbalance' in water supply
Women living in a rural area in Cork have said they are forking out a fortune to combat the 'greening' of hair due to an acid imbalance in the local water supply.
Kai Runovski, owner of the Red Door Beauty Salons in Cork said they are currently "out the door" with bookings, as they deal with hair that has acquired the dreaded 'green tinge'.
She opened her two hair salons - located in Dromahane and Kanturk - in October 2014, and immediately became aware of the problem in the area.
"Women are just desperate to know how to get rid of the green colour," she told independent.ie.
When the salon first opened, staff were concerned the tinge might be connected to the colouring products being used.
However, a colour technician paid a visit to the hairdressers and examined the properties of the water, identifying excessive iron levels in the water.
"She told me an acid imbalance in the water supply was causing hair to go green," Kai said.
"The colour products we use here won't make it green...an alkaline shampoo will assist in balancing the issue out.
"I would advise people to keep away from cheap brands of shampoo and conditioner and to use a paraban-free shampoo if possible."
Kai said that two or three visits to the salon will address the issue for most customers.
"I lived in Kerry before moving to Cork and I was aware of the issue there too.
"For colour-damaged hair I would recommend adding a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a pint of water and using that to rinse the hair after shampooing.
Kai has also advised people to use handy remedies such as tomato ketchup and vinegar which should assist in restoring the PH balance in hair.
Meanwhile the Mayor of Cork, John Paul O'Shea became involved in the issue upon receiving several complaints from local women.
He has raised the matter with council engineers who have signed off on an upgrade of the local water treatment plant which will hopefully rectify the issue.