“The Blue Lagoon Does Not Damage Hair,” Spokesperson Says

The Blue Lagoon Iceland

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.

Animal Welfare Groups Urge TikToker to Surrender ‘Pet’ Fox

Animal welfare groups are calling on Ágúst Beinteinn Árnason to surrender, Gústi Jr, the “pet” Arctic fox that the Icelandic TikToker has featured in recent videos, some of which had over 120,000 views at time of writing. Vísir was the first to report.

“Gústi the Fox and his ‘owner’ […] have been in the media of late. The fox is being kept in what appears to be downtown Reykjavík, on a leash for [Ágúst’s] amusement,” wrote DÝR, the Animal Service of Reykjavík, in a Facebook post on Thursday. “There is, of course, no need to expound on the fact that this is a criminal offense; foxes are wild animals that cannot be kept without a special permit.”

“Judging from news reports, [the fox] seems to be a cub born this spring and so it’s to be expected that it is still rather cute and smells reasonably good. But this will, of course, change in the coming months when the animal approaches sexual maturity. At that point, the fox will start to become restless in captivity.”

Screenshot, gustib_1, TikTok

For his part, Ágúst claims that the fox is not a cub at all, but fully grown. Moreover, he says that Gústi isn’t a wild animal at all, but rather was raised among people, and doesn’t know anything other than living in domesticity. “That’s the reason he’s so tame,” he explained to RÚV. It’s not entirely clear how Ágúst first obtained the fox; he told reporters that he’d been asked to take the animal and asserted that it now lives a good life, safe from hunters. “We saw it as soon as he came to us,” Ágúst continued. “It’s obvious that a fox that acts like he does was raised among people.”

MAST, the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority, insists that videos of the fox clearly show that the animal is in distress. Employees of the agency visited Ágúst at home to urge that Gústi be handed over to Húsdýragarðurinn, the Reykjavík Park and Zoo, with hopes that it could be rehabilitated and returned to the wild, like many of the fox cubs that the zoo takes into its care.

DÝR has echoed this call, saying that the window during which the fox could have been returned to the wild has most likely closed, but if appropriate steps are not taken, the animal will likely have to be euthanized when Ágúst is no longer able to keep him. “If there is no room for it at the zoo,” the DÝR post continues, “you can try to send him somewhere else. Húsdýragarðurinn has sent foxes to zoos in Norway and Sweden, where there the species also has a natural home, even though the population is small.” The best course of action, says DÝR, would be for Ágúst to turn the fox over to Húsdýragarðurinn without delay so that they can find a suitable home for it.

At time of writing, Ágúst was still “thinking about” whether he’d surrender the animal. He was surprised, he said, that a fox “who loves to watch Netflix” should be such a big deal in the eyes of authorities. “We let people lock minks in cages and slaughter them, but we have an axe to grind about foxes that are tame and aren’t doing any harm.”

If he does decide to surrender the fox, however, Ágúst said that he was going to seriously consider requesting a percentage of the proceeds from the park’s ticket sales. After all, he said, Gústi is currently the most famous fox in the country and would undoubtedly be a big attraction.