How to Remove Blond Hair Highlights

Updated April 17, 2017

When your only wish is to see your blond highlights go away, you have two options. You can let your highlights grow out over the next several months or you can take immediate action to remove blond highlights with a quick colour application. Covering over highlights with hair colour is the easiest, most efficient way to remove unwanted highlights. However, aftercare is needed to ensure that the colour does not fade out quickly.

Pour 56.7gr. of colour and 56.7gr. of 10-volume developer into the colour bottle, screw on the lid and shake to mix. Put on latex or plastic gloves to protect your hands and skin during the application process.

Apply colour to clean, dry hair from root to tip by squeezing a generous amount of colour onto small sections of hair and working the colour in with your hands and fingers. Apply colour until all of the hair has been thoroughly saturated. Check the hair for any dry spots or areas where the colour application is thin. Apply colour to any area that needs it. Mix up additional colour as necessary. Set a timer for 20 minutes.

Rinse the hair completely with warm water. Shampoo and condition the hair. Towel dry, and proceed with styling.


When selecting colour for a tint-back application, choose a colour that closely matches your natural hair colour. A tint-back application is any hair colour application that attempts to restore the hair to its natural colour. This will eliminate the need for root touch-ups as the hair grows out. As the colour fades, you may need to reapply colour to the ends of the hair to refresh the colour. However, you should avoid applying colour to any sections of hair that have not previously been coloured. The main goal is to return the hair to its natural, noncolored state. If you apply colour from root to tip every time your colour needs refreshing, your hair will never grow out to its natural state. Use colour-enhancing shampoo and conditioner twice a week to prevent fading and restore colour and shine. Colour-enhancing shampoos are available in many tones including violet, yellow, green, blue, red, brown and black. To maintain colour, choose a tone that most closely matches your hair’s underlying tonal quality. To correct or remove unwanted tones, choose a tone that is the exact opposite of the undesired tonal quality. For example: Violet removes or counteracts yellow tones in the hair. If you have any questions about which colour to choose for colour correction, consult a colour wheel. Colours opposite one another on a colour wheel counteract or correct each other.

Things You'll Need

  • Colour
  • 10-volume (strength) developer
  • Colour bottle
  • Gloves
  • Timer
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Towels
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Kathy Mayse began her writing career as a reporter for "The Jackson-County Times Journal" in 2001. She was promoted to assistant editor shortly after. Since 2005, she has been busy as a successful freelancer specializing in Web content. Mayse is a licensed cosmetologist with more than 17 years of salon experience; most of her writing projects reflect this experience.