A Guide to Remove Permanent Hair Colour

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jan 27, 2012
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  • You may remove hair colour if doesn't suit you or is causing serious hair loss.
  • Involves removing, offsetting and blending.
  • Make sure that you don't end up with brittle hair or increase in split ends.
  • After care approach to avoid permanent damage to your hair.


Woman unhappy about hair colourIf your latest hair colour does not suit your style or is causing serious hair loss, here are a few easy steps that will remove the hair colour completely. Most people get fed up of seeing their hair colour fade away with every wash. If you desperately want to get your natural tresses back, read on for some easy tips:

  • You must understand that the hair is bleached in concentration before a new colour is added on to it. Therefore, if the new hair colour is more than three to four days old, there is very little chance of getting it removed. An alternative is to dye it black again and disguise your previous hair colour. This should be done by a professional because only a professional knows the best technique of applying colour and will prevent your hair from further damage.
  • The sooner you act the better it is for your hair. It is interesting to note that artificial hair colouring takes two to three days to settle inside the cuticle or on individual hair roots on the scalp and this differs from scalp to scalp. That is precisely why your hair stylist will inspect your scalp conditions before suggesting you a proper hair colour.
  • There are three ways of removing permanent hair colour and it is best if done by a professional hair stylist - removing, offsetting and blending.
  • Do not throw the spare towel that you used for washing your coloured hair. It must have had traces of stain that can be used to take your hair colour off.  All branded products available in the market provide a consumer helpline number on the pack. Call them up before you start the procedure on your own. They will tell you the dos and don’ts that you must follow!
  • Wash your hair with hot water. Make sure you massage wet hair for two to three minutes gently and remember not to panic. Hot water allows the chemicals to come out faster. Follow up by shampooing your hair at least twice and drying it under the fan.
  • Rush to the store and buy virgin olive oil, in case you do not have it handy. Heat it for 30 seconds in the microwave and massage it into your scalp once the water has dried.
  • Go for a shorter hair style that will not emphasise much on the colour of your hair. If you have coloured the ends of your hair, chop some of the locks off and follow up with these home remedies.
  • There are hair colour correctors available in the market that can reverse the colour of your hair or reduce the colour content to a great extent. Search for one at a store near you! Most of these are quick and act gently on hair.
  • Condition your hair deeply and avoid using henna at all costs. You surely don’t want to permanently damage your coloured hair. Henna leaves stain and can give you an unusual hair colour.
  • Avoid using bleach while taking the colour off. It only makes your hair brittle and increases split ends.




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