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December 1977

On the Cause of Green Hair

Author Affiliations

From the West Haven Veterans Administration Hospital, West Haven, and the Department of Dermatology, Yale University School of Medicine.

Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(12):1700. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640120068012

• Two silver-blond young women developed green, tinted hair from exposure to tap water containing excessive amounts of copper. Results from analyses of tracemetal content of hair as an indication of excessive ingestion, systemic toxicity, or metabolic derangement should be interpreted with caution in view of the demonstrated ease of external contamination from common sources.

(Arch Dermatol 113:1700, 1977)