Removing hair color can be a hassle, regardless of your reason.
Whether you have a job interview coming up, a hot date, or maybe you’re just tired of your old color; there are ways to remove your hair color from home without damaging your hair.
Determining how to strip your hair color without adding damage can be nerve-wracking. Trust me; I’ve been there. Thankfully, I’ve racked up some experience and have a list of the safest and effective ways to remove your hair color at home. Before you put any chemical remover on your hair strands, it is essential to know what kind of color is in your cortex.
Not every color responds to every remover in the same way, and some colors are more difficult to remove than others.
Semi-Permanent hair dye is a type of color that coats the cuticle of your hair but never penetrates the cortex.
This kind of dye is not permanent and can last 5-10 shampoo sessions. Semi-permanent hair color is usually found in drug stores and beauty supply stores and does not require a cosmetology license to purchase. Examples of semi-permanent hair dye are Adore, Clairol Professional Beautiful, or any other direct dye that you will not mix with a developer.
If you think you used semi-permanent hair color on your tresses, then you are in luck because this color is so effortless to remove, you’ll finish in no time!
Demi-Permanent Hair Color
Demi-Permanent hair color is a hair dye that penetrates the cuticle and some of the cortex.
This kind of hair color can last anywhere from 15-25 washes depending on the color brand you choose. You can find this kind of hair dye in professional beauty supply stores, but you can find a few in Sally’s Beauty. To activate a demi-permanent dye, you must mix it with a developer before application.
If you think a demi-permanent color is on your hair, no worries! Although this color will require more work to remove, it shouldn’t be an issue.
Permanent hair color is a type of hair dye that will penetrate the cuticle and cortex to the maximum.
This color is very long lasting, and although the color will fade, it will never completely wash out of your hair. Similar to demi-permanent color, you must mix developer with permanent color to activate. You can find most permanent color in a box dye in drugstores. Box dye is a powerful version of the permanent color,
If you think you have permanent color in your hair, remember you may not be able to remove all of the colors. It is easy to fade permanent color or even color over the previous color, but the only way to truly remove it is to cut it out!
Now let’s get to the fun part!
An anti-dandruff shampoo is the safest and most gentle method of fading and eventually removing hair color.
An anti-dandruff shampoo is full of sulfates and other acids that will strip the color out of your hair. This method will be most useful on semi-permanent and demi-permanent hair color. To use this method, use any anti-dandruff shampoo you can find, and squirt a ton in your hand.
Thoroughly work the shampoo into your hair, apply a processing cap, and allow the shampoo to sit for 15min to 30min. After the allotted time, thoroughly rinse the shampoo out and deep condition to prevent excessive dryness.
A deep conditioner is required after this treatment because anti-dandruff shampoo will strip all the moisture out of your precious tresses!
Baking Soda and Lemon Juice
Some women attest to baking soda and lemon juice for fading semi-permanent hair color.
While this method may be useful, it is very mild and natural. This method will not work on demi-permanent or permanent hair color at all. Although baking soda is natural, it can be damaging to your natural hair if not used correctly.
Clothing Detergent and Dish Soap
As harsh as this method may sound dish soap, and laundry detergent is strong enough to break down oils and pigments in your hair.
Although this method is extremely drying, it is a step in the right direction to fading hair color. You will need to use this method on multiple occasions before you see a significant fade in your hair color. You can use this method as a way to prepare your hair for a stronger Color Remover.
To use this method, you will need to use dish detergent or laundry detergent of your choice mixed with shampoo, baking soda, and hot water. While you are in the shower, carefully apply this to your hair.
Please be extremely cautious not to get this mixture into your eyes because it will cause extreme pain. Only leave the mixture in your hair for about 10 minutes before you rinse it out.
As with any other method, a deep conditioner is required after this treatment to prevent dry hair.
Soak Cap/ Bleach Bath
The soap cap or bleach bath is my favorite message removing hair color because it is useful and usually isn’t too damaging.
To use the soap cap method take a powder bleach and Shampoo. Mixes formula with two parts bleach and one part shampoo and one part hot water. Apply this mixture to your hair as you would regular shampoo. Like before, be careful not to get this mixture into your eyes as it will cause extreme pain.
You can leave this mixture on for 30 to 45 minutes. This will be effective on semi-permanent color demi-permanent color or even permanent hair color. Just check your hair every 5 to 10 minutes to see how much it has faded.
Once it gets to the color your desire, you can thoroughly wash it out.
You can find color strippers at Sally Beauty and Ulta Beauty.
The most popular color stripper is Color Oops, and you can use this remover on semi-permanent, demi-permanent, and permanent hair color. Color Oops typically doesn’t cause extreme damage, but every hair type is different.
Always use your judgment before applying chemicals to your hair.
It’s Not A Race
If you have any additional methods or tips for removing hair color, please comment below and let our readers know! Remember, removing hair color is nor a race. The health of your hair is the most important.