The best way to get black hair dye out of hair

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The best way to get black hair dye out of hair
Fix a dye job if you're not happy with it. (Hair image by jura from

Black hair dye can be difficult to remove from hair. Since the black colour is ultra saturated, it sticks to your hair strands and goes deep into your hair shaft. Removing black hair dye isn't as simple as applying a new colour to your strands. While the process of removing black dye can be a bit long and tedious, it is possible to reverse the effects of too-dark locks. Consider having your hair professionally bleached to cut down on damage.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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    Bleach out the black pigments. You'll notice that your hair will change colour as more and more colour is bleached out. For example, your hair may turns shades or red or orange, or it can even turn white. Make sure to remove the black pigment evenly and bleach until your hair reaches a light colour.

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    Use a toner after you've bleached your hair to reduce the orange discolouration.

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    Color your hair using a shade that's close to your natural hair colour.

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    Condition your hair using colour-protective hair products.

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    Visit a salon if you're having trouble bleaching or colouring your hair or if you're afraid of hair damage. Hair salons will use professional bleach and hair-colour removers, which you may not be able to purchase on your own. After bleaching, the salon can also treat and condition your locks.

Tips and warnings

  • There are certain products on the market specially designed to remove dark hair colour. If you opt for these items, make sure to read the instructions carefully before starting the process. Some products are designed to colour-correct specific problems, such as hair that's been unevenly coloured or hi-lighted hair. Other products wash out all permanent colour. These products are meant for colour-correction, removing dark pigments or fixing colour build-up or uneven colouring.
  • Regain your hair's health by eating nutritious foods such as fish with omega-3 fatty acids like salmon; legumes; green, leafy vegetables; nuts; poultry; eggs; and low-fat dairy.
  • It is difficult to remove black dye completely from hair. It's best to consult a stylist or to let the colour grow out on its own.
  • Bleaching your hair can weaken your strands and damage your hair. Your hair may become thin and stretchy. This is because bleach peels off your hair's outer layer, making your strands more fragile.
  • If you're not sure whether or not you're allergic to bleach, consult a stylist before bleaching your strands.

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