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How to strip hair color at home

Updated June 13, 2017

If a hair dye job goes bad, there are options for stripping the hair colour at home. The key to removing colour from hair is to act fast. The dye takes two to three days to set completely, so get to work removing it before too much time passes.

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Run hot water over the hair. Try to make it as hot as possible without burning the scalp. Hot water opens up the hair follicles and allows the colour to drain out. The hot water should at least begin to fade the colour.

Combine using hot water with an oil-reducing, volumizing, anti-dandruff or clarifying shampoo. Any of these types of shampoo will also help open the hair follicle and release the dye. Prell and Pert Plus are good, inexpensive choices..

Heat extra virgin olive oil up until it is warm, but not burning. Be careful not to scald yourself on the hot oil. Test the oil temperature before using it. Apply it to the hair and leave it for a few minutes. Rinse with hot water.

Use a liquid dish soap, like Dawn, to help strip hair dye. It can fade the colour.

Purchase a kit specifically designed to remove hair colour. Several companies that manufacture hair colour also make a remover kit. Jheri Redding Color Fix and L'Oreal ColorZap are recommended products that are commercially available for hair dye removal. They are sold wherever hair colour can be purchased. Follow the instructions on the packaging to remove hair dye.

Tip

After attempting to remove colour from hair, use a deep moisturising conditioner to restore as much natural beauty as possible.

Warning

Do not use bleach on hair to attempt colour removal. It can severely damage skin and hair. Though the above tips are adequate for many, if your hair dye is many shades lighter or darker than your original colour, it is best to have the hair dye stripped by a professional.

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About the Author

Abigail Adams began her freelance writing career in 2009, teaching others about medical conditions and promoting wellness by writing on online health and fitness publications. She is educated and licensed as a registered nurse, having received her degree from North Georgia College and State University.

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