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Home Remedies to Fix Bad Hair Color

If you have ever coloured your hair and not loved the results, then you know the feeling of panic that can set in when you realise that the colour is semi-permanent or permanent and it may be a while before it goes away. Dark hair colours especially are hard to remove, but with a few home remedies you can begin the fading process to fix that bad hair colour. Look no further than your bathroom and kitchen cupboard to fix your hair.

Dandruff Shampoo

Your hair stylist always tells you to avoid dandruff shampoo when your hair has been freshly coloured. Why? Because dandruff shampoo is extremely harsh on coloured hair and can cause your colour to fade, which is exactly what you want to happen when you have a bad hair colour. Simply lather your hair up with a cheap dandruff shampoo again and again. Each time, leave the shampoo on for around 20 minutes. The properties of the dandruff shampoo will cause the colour to fade to a more acceptable colour, and you can add highlights or re-colour it to fix it. Remember to use a moisturising conditioner after to restore moisture to the hair.

Dishwashing Detergent

A concentrated dishwashing detergent (look for the word "concentrated" on the label of the bottle) will strip hair of its colour and moisture, which can get rid of bad hair colour for you. Simply wash with it, following up with a thick and creamy conditioner to restore moisture. You may have to wash with the dish detergent several times to get the best fading and results, which means that your hair may become very dry. Follow with a hot oil treatment to repair any damage.

Baking Soda

Baking soda has long been a home remedy for removing colour on dishes and counters, but it can also work for your hair. Make a paste using your regular shampoo mixed with baking soda. Apply it to your hair in the shower and let it sit for a few minutes. Wash it off with hottest water that you can stand, to open the hair shaft and allow it to come out of the hair. Again, you may need to repeat the process a few times in order to get the maximum results. If you've tried these home remedies and still arent' happy with your hair colour, it may be time to visit your colourist.

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Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.