Iceland’s Blue Lagoon resort has been a top travel destination for years now. It’s also become a particular favorite among social media influencers who flock to the geothermal spa for its restorative waters, tranquil surroundings and, of course, Instagram-worthy photo opportunities.
That said, there are a few things to know about the Blue Lagoon before you make the trip — and topping the list is probably this: Don’t dunk your hair in the warm water unless you’re prepared to battle with it for days and weeks on end.
Water at the Blue Lagoon is said to have high levels of silica in it, which is not actually harmful but can make your hair incredibly stiff and hard to manage for an extended period of time. For this reason, it’s recommended that tourists avoid soaking their hair in the water and also apply a protective conditioner to it beforehand, which is provided by the resort.
However, it seems like a lot of influencers have either missed the memo or decided to skip the advice altogether, considering how many TikToks are showing what happens to your hair when you don’t follow the rules at the Blue Lagoon.
The reason for all the hair dunking is presumably because it makes for a great photo — and in most cases, these influencers are getting some pretty great snaps. But is it worth all the hair drama that follows you after getting home? Guess that depends on who you ask.
But after people started watching it, many commenters flooded the post to tell her that she shouldn’t have let her hair get wet.
“THE HAIR,” wrote one concerned TikToker.
“Everyone’s hair in this vid will never be the same,” said another.
In a follow-up video, @ellamarietravels responded to all the outrage by showing her hair several days after visiting the lagoon. By then, she’d applied a deep conditioner to it daily while keeping it in braids to prevent dryness.
And after washing out the conditioner and drying it fully, @ellamarietravels claimed that it was totally fine.
“My hair is literally how it normally would be. Like, honestly, it’s no different,” she says in the clip, dismissing much of the concern as a bit of overreaction.
Another TikToker who weighed in on the controversy also implied that the outrage was a bit overblown.
According to Jenna Bellisario (@jenna.bellisario), she also went to the Blue Lagoon several years ago and got her hair wet. And while it was a bit dry and brittle afterward, she said it went back to normal within a week.
While it may not be a problem for everyone, there’s still a reason why the resort strongly warns visitors against dipping their hair underwater.
“There are literally signs everywhere saying don’t dip your head,” one TikToker pointed out in the comments.
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