Top Hair Dye Removal Tips

So, you decided to step outside your comfort zone and try a new hair color. Maybe you imagined that fiery redheads actually do have more fun than blondes. Or perhaps you decided that a dark, chocolate brown or even a stark blue-black would really make your pale eyes pop, not realizing that it would also wash out your creamy complexion to the point that you appear half-dead. Hey, we've all been there. If your experiment in hair color went horribly wrong, or you decided to eschew your hairdresser's advice and do your own touchups rather than coming back to the salon, then you might be looking for a way to remove your botched dye job post haste. Luckily, most hair dye can be undone, especially if you act fast instead of mulling it over for a few days. Here are just a few strategies that may do the trick.

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First, you should probably know that hair can't be unbleached. If you decided to try a platinum, blonde bombshell look and you're disappointed with the results, you're in a small amount of luck because all you have to do is pick a shade and dye over it (although you will have to suffer through some brittle hair until it grows out). For other colors of dye, however, there are a number of options for removing color, although all will work best when applied as soon as possible after dying your hair.

Semi-permanent colors tend to be the easiest to remove. If you care to wait it out, the dye will be gone in about a month anyway. But if you really can't stand to wait that long you might want to try a natural solution that is less likely to damage your locks than chemical counterparts. Start with a package of vitamin C tablets and crush them with a mortar and pestle (or a spoon and a bowl). When you have created a fine powder you can begin adding small amounts of water and mixing.

The goal is to create a thick paste, so don't add water too quickly. Once you've got enough paste to cover your hair, apply it with your fingers and leave it on for an hour. When you rinse it out, the majority of your hair color should go with it. Certain colors, like reds, may be more difficult to remove, so keep in mind that results will vary with this method. But your hair will be undamaged by the treatment, making it a good first step.

You can also head to your local beauty supply for an at-home hair color removal kit. There are many options, so the main thing to keep in mind here is that some color removal kits are designed to remove chemical dyes from your hair while others are made to strip all color, leaving your hair blonde or white. It pays to ask the clerk which is which so that you don't end up with unintended results. Of course, your best bet is probably to head to your hairdresser and beg forgiveness. When you've botched it once by your own devices it's probably best to see a professional about fixing it. If you're willing to let your stylist be your guide to growing longer hair or the perfect pixie cut, it stands to reason that the much more serious issue of chemical dye (adding or removing) should also be left to the pros, as well.

(Guest Post by Carol)

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  1. Expert3:19 PM

    The only way to go back to your natural colour without using any additional chemicals is to let it grow out naturally.

  2. I am actually to re-color my hair because I just did this hair two months ago. I think it is not the right time yet to do this hair again.


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