How to Fix Blue Lagoon Hair!

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is a one-of-a-kind place ~ & being so close to the international airport in Keflavik (40 mins), it’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Iceland!  Though it’s expensive compared to other nature baths, it’s still on my Iceland “Must-See” list, because: there’s just no place like it.  The only problem: if you get your hair wet…you need to know how to fix Blue Lagoon hair!  Unless you like having horse hair….

Knowing how to fix Blue Lagoon hair prior to getting in the water is crucial ~ as is bringing the proper shampoo & conditioner WITH YOU to Iceland!  Grocery stores in Iceland are scarce, expensive, & their product selection is slim.  So bring your own supplies with you ~ or deal with horse-hair like I did for two weeks!  Ohh…the horror!!

Find Out How to Fix Blue Lagoon Hair!

How to Fix Blue Lagoon Hair, Iceland Travel

Want to dunk your hair in waterfalls like this?! If yes, then keep reading & find out how to save your hair!

The Blue Lagoon

Okay, you’re at the Blue Lagoon & you figure ~ you’re only here once in a lifetime, right?!  Why not get your hair wet?!  Well, I totally get it.  That’s exactly how I felt.  Coming straight from the airport at 6AM with a bunch of other tourists: I was groggy, tired, & ready to soak.  And not only did I soak…I dunked my hair ALL IN that water ~ & let it soak for hours.  

So…What Happened to It?

My hair turned into HORSE HAIR.  It became stiff, brittle, impossible to brush (for WEEKS!), tangly, coarse, and basically, a complete pain in the rear.  My hair is naturally thick & wavy, but usually feels pretty soft.  Not the case anymore: it felt like complete straw.  The mangiest horse you’ve ever seen??  Yup ~ that was me.  I wore my hair in a bun & never took it down.  

How to Fix Blue Lagoon Hair, Iceland Travel

Hair in bun. Case in point.

Why Does the Blue Lagoon Ruin Your Hair?

First off ~ the Blue Lagoon says that the water won’t ruin your hair.  In fact, they tell you that the minerals in it are actually good for it.  Which may be true.  However, when you’re ripping chunks out of your hair trying to comb it ~ that’s probably not too great for the hair!

High levels of silica found in the Blue Lagoon are responsible for making your hair unruly and coarse.  Which is ironic, because normally silica is good for your skin & hair.  Silica is a naturally-occurring mineral found in our bodies, that helps to maintain bone and tissue health. It also helps maintain collagen, which gives skin elasticity & keeps hair strong.  

At the Blue Lagoon though, you can basically think of silica this way:

Silica = Stiff Hair!

I wondered if the water affected everyone’s hair similarly.  On my second visit to the Lagoon, I went with two friends.  I’m a blonde, and they’re both brunettes with naturally wavy hair ~ but the consistency of each of our hair is different.  And the answer is: we ALL got our hair wet, and we ALL had stiff hair afterwards.  

The Blue Lagoon says to use their conditioner afterwards, to help your hair recover.  Problem is ~ it didn’t work for any of us.  

So….How Do I Fix It??

Here’s the answer you’ve been waiting for: the type of shampoo & conditioner you use after has a direct impact on how your hair will recover from the Blue Lagoon.  I brought an excellent, organic shampoo & conditioner with me to Iceland ~ but they didn’t work one dang bit.  

Why Not?

The short answer: because they had protein in them.  Any shampoo or conditioner with protein in it will interact with the silica in extremely negative ways!  Meaning: it won’t fix the problem.  

So check your existing shampoo & conditioners prior to traveling to Iceland: if they have protein in them, likely they WON’T FIX your Blue Lagoon hair.  

What Shampoo & Conditioner Actually Works?

Any shampoo & conditioner WITHOUT protein in them!  If you carefully study labels at the drugstore, you’ll realize this is quite hard to find.  Most have some kind of protein: soy, silk, rice, hydrolyzed ~ you name it.  And believe me, none of these will help you at the Blue Lagoon.  

3-Step Process to Fix Hair:

1) First off, you need a clarifying shampoo, to remove ALL minerals (& silica) from your hair.  Once I got home, the shampoo I had the best results with was actually a charcoal shampoo.  Why charcoal?  Because charcoal actually pulls out unwanted materials from your hair ~ that’s it’s #1 job.  Once I used this shampoo, my hair actually felt normal for the first time in weeks!

 2)  Second, you need a regular conditioner WITHOUT protein in it!  Read labels carefully.  If there’s any protein, it will react with the silica & keep your hair stiff.  I ditched my organic conditioner for awhile, & went with Herbal Essences Rose Color-Safe Conditioner ~ one of the only conditioners I found with zero protein in it.  Luckily, it’s cheap & also safe for color-treated hair.  

3)  Finally, you need a great deep conditioner to really get your hair back to normal after the Blue Lagoon ~ & of course, with zero protein in it.  Leave deep conditioner in for at least 3-5 minutes ~ or leave it on overnight like I did, & really let it soak in.  After doing this, your hair should feel silky soft again, or at the very least ~ not like horse hair anymore!

And That’s It!  

How to Fix Blue Lagoon Hair, Iceland Travel

We figured out how to save our hair! Yay!!!

How to Fix Blue Lagoon Hair!

In three steps, your hair should be back to normal!  If not ~ give it a few more shampoos, & really work that charcoal shampoo into your hair to make sure you’ve removed all silica.  And if you haven’t left the deep conditioner in overnight, give that a try.  

Also, I’d suggest bringing the correct shampoo & conditioner (with no protein) with you to Iceland ~ grocery stores & drug stores in Iceland are few & far between, are expensive, & have far less selection than we do here in the States (or pretty much anywhere else).   

Thanks for reading this guide on how to fix Blue Lagoon hair ~ I hope it makes your Lagoon experience much more enjoyable!  Have you been to the Blue Lagoon?  Did you get your hair wet?  What happened to your hair & how did you fix it?!  If you’ve tried my tips, let me know in the comment section below how they worked for you!  

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Noelle Bertram is a former fitness coach & restaurant owner who travels full-time now & writes all about it. Catch up with her on Instagram or @ her website about being the ultimate, fearless travel girl: GirlWhoTravelstheWorld.com!
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