Responding to an inquiry from Vísir, a spokesperson for the Blue Lagoon has stated that a soak in the lagoon has “a positive and beneficial effect” on both skin and hair – contrary to the online discussion; the inquiry follows recent chatter on social media regarding the damaging effects of the Blue Lagoon’s water on hair.
“My hair is ruined”
In a recent video that has garnered more than 20 million views on TikTok, internet personality Kat Wellington told viewers that her hair was “ruined” after an extended soak in the Blue Lagoon:
“Me and my family,” Kat began, “were lying on the slope, […] sleeping with our hair soaking in the water for an extended period of time. Anyway, [I] just wanted to report that my hair is absolutely ruined.”
As noted by Vísir, Wellington is not the only person to have made such a remark on social media; other TikTok users have also posted videos recounting similar experiences. And some have cautioned potential visitors to the Lagoon against putting their hair in the water.
A misinformed discussion
In a response to an inquiry from Vísir, Helga Árnadóttir – manager of the sales, marketing, and product development department of the Blue Lagoon – stated that the discussion was misinformed:
“The Blue Lagoon’s unique ingredients, such as silicon and minerals, actually have a positive and beneficial effect on both skin and hair. The lagoon does not damage hair. Certainly, the texture of the hair changes in the short term if guests do not use the conditioner that is offered to them when they visit the lagoon.”
Helga observed that visitors were informed about the water’s properties upon arrival and were given instructions on how to manage its effects. She added that an “uninformed discussion” was never ideal and emphasised that the Blue Lagoon had remained the same for the past thirty years. Visitors, in general, were content with their stay and appreciate the lagoon’s impact, she maintained.
Helga concluded by saying that the company continually monitors the online discourse and responds to misinformation whenever it deems it necessary.