If you are bored of your existing hair colour and looking for a new look, you might be considering removing your existing hair colour and replacing it with another one. Re-dyeing your hair a lighter shade such as dark brown if it has been dyed black previously is never a good idea. Dye on dye is not going to make your hair lighter; more dye will only darken the colour. Removing the hair colour however, may be the answer. There are right and wrong ways to remove colour from your hair, so before you do anything consider our tips on how to do it properly.
Use a professional to right colour wrongs
There are hair colour correction kits available to buy that you can use at home. However, it is very easy to make mistakes, so we recommend visiting a salon and getting a professional to fix your hair. This is the best way to get great looking hair.
A hair professional has tricks of the trade to fix your hair that you just can’t do at home. For example they can darken hair that’s too light using lowlights; they can get rid of greenish tinges to blondes and make brassy hair darker and more luscious looking.
Getting rid of the brassy blonde look
It’s a common complaint for blondes to end up with a brassy colour that they don’t want. To fix this, there are some brass eliminating products on the market that you can use at home which will allow you to keep your blonde colour. Using a good toning shampoo is also recommended as these brighten up hair and keep any yellow traces to a minimum.
Before you use any kind of hair colour treatment product, make sure you carefully read the instructions first and that you do exactly what it says.
Dandruff shampoos can remove hair colour
Purchase some dandruff shampoo as it is believed to remove hair colour. Dandruff shampoo is more heavy-duty than normal shampoo as those that have dandruff have excess sebum which causes the skin to flake off, necessitating a stronger formula.
Dandruff shampoos and clarifying shampoos are both thought to remove hair colour because they contain sulphates. If this works, it will only gain very gradual results and you won’t see them unless you use the shampoo on a very regular basis.
Remove hair colour with hot oil
Another method of ridding hair of unwanted colour is to use a hot oil treatment or make your own. Oil will help condition your hair as it strips away the dye that you no longer want. You can use coconut oil which has been heated in a heat-safe bowl and placed in the microwave or above a steaming pot of water until the oil is hot to the touch but not burning. Let the oil cool a bit for a minute or two and then apply to the roots and tips of wet hair. Once the hair has a good coating of the oil, wrap it with a clean towel and allow to set for 1 hour. Wash and shampoo the oil out.
When trying to remove hair colour to give yourself a new look, we always recommend going to the hair dressers. It is all too easy to make mistakes at home resulting in trips to a professional anyway!