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    How To Remove Hair Dye Safely


    You can remove hair dye BUT . . . know what to expect!

    It is possible to remove hair dye at home effectively but to get it right requires some due diligence on your part. A reader recently asked us about removing hair dye with “Color Oops” by Developlus and then how to dye it back to a lighter color.

    “Remove Hair Dye Carefully”I haven’t used “Color Oops” before so we asked the manufacturer if they would answer the question below, but there are some things that are a ‘given’ when dying your hair and especially if you want to remove dye from your hair.

    • Read all the information given by the manufacturer, some hair dyes may not be able to be removed.


    • Prep hair by doing deep conditioning or protein treatments.


    • If you have questions, call the manufacturers help line. Every one’s situation is different. The process to remove hair dye and get to YOUR desired end result requires specific steps.


    • Strand test – leaves no surprises!

    Sarah asks;

    I was alternating going to a hair salon and home hair coloring to cover grey roots, but we recently moved and I haven’t found a new hair salon yet. My hair color is a bit darker now than I’d like and so I want to use Color Oops. I use permanent hair color for the grey roots only, and use a color gloss over the length to refresh color.

    My question is on recoloring after using Color Oops. Should I still use permanent hair color on the roots since that is virgin hair? WHAT should I use for the lengths??? Semi, or Demi, or just a color gloss again? Also, for the virgin roots, I’m assuming I pick the hair color shade I want (say 5N) but for the lengths that are more porous, do I need to use a 7N or 8N for them to “match?” I am planning on using a protein treatment after Color Oops and waiting 1 week before recoloring.

    Phillip Agrey of research and development at Developlus says;

    Yes, you should use permanent hair color on your roots/virgin hair. On your ends you should use the semi color as you have done in the past. However, you should only process for 5 minutes on the ends. Your ends will be porous and they will absorb color quickly. Processing longer than 5 minutes can cause grabbing and the hair color can turn out too dark.

    Remove Hair Dye

    We highly recommend using a good protein treatment such as Satin Reconstruct. Apply the conditioner, place a shower cap over your hair and leave on at least 20 minutes.

    A lighter hair color will not be necessary if a reduced processing time is used. In either regard, a strand test is highly recommended, as every ones hair reacts differently. A strand test will let you see what the color will turn out prior to recoloring your whole head.

    Hope that helps Sarah! Remember the hair color shade you pick for your roots now should be lighter than what you have been using or you will eventually be back to having darker hair than you want. If you were using 5N you may want to consider using half 5N and half 6N to gently lighten up, or even add some warmth to that formula.

    Also I found that has a great FAQ’s section that covers just about any question you may have on how to remove hair dye effectively.


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