How To Remove Hair Dye

Girl coloring her hair

You've finally discovered that caramel brown just wasn't right for you. Now you'd like to go back to that honey blonde you loved so much, but you can't afford a visit to the salon. So, you trot down to the local drug store to decide on the right product to remove hair dye. Keep in mind that the main ingredient in hair removal dye is bleach, so if you're allergic to bleach, you may be better off growing the color out or seeking a hair color professional.

Once you have found the right hair dye removal product, you'll want to make sure you have the following supplies on hand: rubber gloves, an old shirt, old towel, hair clips, and a hair cap. You will also want to purchase a second box of hair removal dye if you have long hair. Next follow the directions listed below as well as the manufacturer's directions that came with your product.

  1. Put on the rubber gloves and mix the hair product's powders and liquid according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  2. Begin by parting hair in sections of 1/4 to 1/2 inch and secure with the hair clips.
  3. Apply the hair dye removal product starting in small sections about 1/4 of an inch from the roots and working your way out to the tips of your hair.
  4. Continue to apply the hair dye removal product in the same manner until all of the product is thoroughly in your hair.
  5. Pile your hair loosely on top of your head, cover with the plastic cap and secure with a hair clip.
  6. Read the time listed on your product's directions and make sure you don't go over the maximum time. Hair removal dye almost always contains bleach, which can damage your hair severely and cause hair loss if left in for too long. If at any time you begin to experience severe burning, rinse the product from your hair immediately and call the number listed on the product's box for further help.
  7. Once the time is up, discard the plastic cap and rinse the product from your hair until the water runs clear.
  8. Apply the conditioner that came with your product to your hair for the suggested time, rinse and towel dry.

You'll then want to wait a few days before you proceed with applying that color you love so much. And please remember if you're trying to correct a blotched coloring job or if you're going from midnight black to platinum blonde, a visit to your local salon is highly recommended.


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