Are you on the lookout to travel to Iceland at some point in the future? In all probability, the Blue Lagoon is on your Iceland bucket list. As one of the most visited attractions in the country, if it’s your first trip to the Land of Fire and Ice, the Blue Lagoon should be considered! It is widely known as one of the most incredible spa-centric experiences in the world.
Soaking in the Blue Lagoon is a unique, once in a lifetime experience. While more expensive than other natural baths (see our article Myvatn Nature Baths vs. The Blue Lagoon: Pros and Cons for more on this), it is well worth the cost.
However, as with all good things, there are some drawbacks, and one of these drawbacks comes in the form of the dreaded after effect of the water in the lagoon: Blue Lagoon hair.
The Dreaded Blue Lagoon Hair
No need to worry, you aren’t going to go bald. But, if you happen to dip your hair entirely into the lagoon’s water, you will find that your hair becomes rough and coarse, especially for those with longer hair. This can make brushing your hair out a complicated and potentially painful process.
It’s interesting that human hair gets rough in the Blue Lagoon, as the high silica content of the baths is meant to be great for softer skin. However, this excess silica buildup gets trapped in the hair follicles and in between the hairs on your head, causing this coarse, rough feeling that some have coined “horse hair.”
While it is true that this is a short-term feeling, and your hair will return to its normal texture and quality within a few washes, managing this problem while traveling the Ring Road, or if flying back home, can become a real problem. Knowing how to prevent and treat Blue Lagoon hair is incredibly helpful. Here are some great tips:
Dealing with messy Blue Lagoon Hair
As explained, soaking in the pristine Blue Lagoon near the Keflavik Airport without some preventative measures can cause your hair to become rough and brittle due to the high silica content in the water (which is also the reason the water is so blue).
Luckily, Iceland In 8 Days has some solutions for you. Below are some good things to pack before you venture off to the Blue Lagoon, things to do before hopping into the warm, blue waters, and the best methods to treat your hair after you leave.
Things to pack to prevent Blue Lagoon hair
Before even heading to Iceland, it’s important to pack some essentials for your relaxing day at the Blue Lagoon. The two most significant items are a clarifying shampoo and a conditioner that does not contain proteins.
But why go through the hassle of putting these items in a checked bag, or rifling through your carry on to take them out for security checks? There are two schools of thought: you can deal with the above, or you can shell out the money for them once you get to Iceland. Hop over to a grocery store, check out the shops at the Keflavik International Airport, or if you’ve got a hefty budget grab some things from the Blue Lagoon gift shop.
However, be warned that finding zero-protein conditioners can prove to be very difficult, especially somewhere as remote as Iceland. Remember, if you are going from the airport straight to the Blue Lagoon, you will not cross through Reykjavik. Some great choices for protein-free, moisturizing conditioners from Amazon currently are:
- ArtNaturals Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioner
- Silk18 Natural Hair Conditioner
- Aubrey Organics GPB Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner
Things to do before entering the Blue Lagoon
To start, use the modern-styled locker room showers provided between the lobby and the Lagoon to wash your hair. The showers use clean mineral water to assist in reducing the levels of silica absorbed by your hair while bathing in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon.
Then, to prevent the dreaded Blue Lagoon hair, it’s essential to apply a thick coat of conditioner to your hair next. Didn’t have access to the expensive protein-free stuff from above? No worries, the Blue Lagoon provides regular conditioners to meet your needs.
Don’t wash this off in the showers. It should be left in throughout your bathing experience. Ensure that the conditioner does not contain protein if possible, remember. The proteins counteract the prevention of silica buildup in the hair.
Treatment of Blue Lagoon hair post-bathing
While you might have been careful and taken the necessary precautions, your hair might still have gotten some mineral build-up. To clear this off, we suggest shampooing with clarifying shampoos after bathing. This means immediately after getting out of the Blue Lagoon and trudging through the cold air back to the locker rooms.
Shampoo your hair two to three times with this product, and rinse thoroughly with an adequate amount of water. This will serve to rid your hair of most of the mineral build-up that may have occurred. After washing, apply more conditioner, and let it sit for a little while. If the locker room isn’t busy, feel free to relax and let the warm water wash over you.
Using the above steps and precautions should assist in preventing and treating Blue Lagoon hair!