How to Remove Hair Color at Home

Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 12.05.39 PMHi Dear DIY Hair-colorers! In the last year, I have done a total of 94 DIY Color Consultations here at HTHG, all for people who are looking to achieve their perfect hair hue at home.

Most of these consultations are for people who made a little hair color oops, and ended up with a shade that they do not like, and are looking for ways to remove color without excessively damaging their hair. I decided that it was time to write a post on how to safely and effectively remove hair color at home.

It should be noted however, that it is not possible to literally remove all permanent color from the hair. What is possible, however, is removing enough hair dye that it makes re-coloring and achieving good results MUCH easier.

I asked my friends at Austin Beauty School Avenue Five to put together a post for us on the subject, and here it is….

How to Remove Hair Color at Home.

There’s no need to hide out in your home for three months while your new hair color slowly fades. If you regret that burgundy red shade on your head now, even though it seemed perfect when you first spotted it on the side of the hair dye box, it may seem you’re stuck with it, but you’re not. You can breathe a sigh of relief that no matter what dye you put on your hair, there are many tried and true ways to remove it quickly and easily. However, before you reach for that bottle of bleach solution, consider some other less caustic solutions to remove color from your hair at home.

Shades that are unnatural, like blues and greens, may be harder to lighten because they can turn into different colors, so be careful and do a strand test first. However, with natural colors, the key is to match the method with your hair color type, permanent or semi-permanent. If you’re trying to remove hair color without affecting your natural color underneath, always seek to reduce the color, not strip it. Some of these solutions come off a shelf, and others you can make with a few simple ingredients you have at home. Our technicians at our Austin beauty school have some suggestions for you to try!

 

  1. Color Remover – Buy a color remover and you won’t have to worry about bleaching your natural hair underneath. It only gets rid of the artificial color. It works well for permanent colors, that other methods may have more trouble getting rid of at one go. There are different color removers sold by different manufacturers and they all come with different instructions. Follow the instructions to the letter for the best results. If you don’t get rid of all the color right away, try it a few more times to get rid of it all. This will also work well for semi-permanent color, but there are even gentler ways to life that type of color that you may want to try listed below.
  2. Vitamin C Treatment – People swear by this treatment to remove any color, permanent or semi-permanent, even difficult pinks to deep red shades. It’s also popular because it only contains two ingredients: crushed effervescent vitamin C tablets and shampoo.There are no strict measurements, but use at least two tablets or more. Mix it with enough shampoo to cover your hair. Then, cover the hair and let it sit for 20 minutes to one hour before rinsing thoroughly. It’s just that simple! It can be repeated several more times, if the color hasn’t faded enough.
  3. Dishwashing Soap – Dishwashing soap is also a gentle way to remove color. In fact, you can substitute this type of soapy liquid for the shampoo and use it with your vitamin C tablets or alone. Either way, it works well for semi-permanent color mistakes.
  4. Anti-Dandruff Shampoos – Another easy fix for pastels or small shade changes is anti-dandruff shampoo. Some people swear it will release color in just the right amount without having to go out and buy an expensive color remover. It will work best the quicker you use it, before the color has time to set completely. However, this does not work well at all for permanent colors. Some people like to use this shampoo with the vitamin C tablet mixture to give it a boost in color-removing power.
  5. Baking Soda and Lemon Juice – Mix two teaspoons of lemon juice to each two teaspoons of baking soda. This is a little messier to apply than some of the other solutions, but it’s all-natural and can lighten the hair significantly. People who don’t want to pay for the vitamin C tablets might like the fact that both baking soda and lemon juice are very cheap ingredients. Let it sit on your head for only a few minutes and then rinse out. The lemon can dry the hair and damage it, so be careful not to leave it in too long. This mixture is also good for scrubbing off excess hair color that gets on your skin during a dye job.
  6. Hot Oil Treatment – For those that want to condition their hair, while lightening it, try a hot oil massage and treatment. Put the hot oil treatment on your head and cover it with a shower cap for about an hour. Then, rinse it with hot water and watch the color come out. You won’t have to worry about damaging the hair because it’ll actually nourish it instead!
  7. Epsom Salts and Baking Soda – These are also sometimes referred to as “bath salts.” The beauty of this treatment is that you can do it in the bath, and just lay down to soak your head in the tub, even while it releases the color in your hair. This method only works with semi-permanent colors, not permanent colors.

While a few of these methods do work with permanent colors, many people turn to bleaching to correct permanent color mistakes. This can be done with a watered-down bleach solution, but it can still have a high risk of damaging the hair. Plus, it can affect the natural color underneath. However, if that’s your last resort, then test it on a strand first and see how it works. Otherwise, most people would prefer to avoid the bleach all together and opt for safer, more natural, methods as outlined above.

This article was submitted by Avenue Five. They are an Austin Beauty school for aspiring professionals, providing three comprehensive training programs specializing in haircare, massage and skincare. Avenue Five is dedicated to providing salon-professional educators in a fashion-forward, interactive learning environment.

Root Shadowing and At-Home Color Revolution with Madison Reed

7U6A6598Hi Babes. It has always bugged me that their are not better options for at-home hair colorers. While we get the good stuff in the salon, I find myself occasionally smuggling it to my at-home color clients for own use, because I simply haven’t been overly impressed with any Sally-brand color. Oooops! SHHHHH!)

Well, that has recently changed. Once in a great while, a new beauty company comes along that really WOWS me. This is one of those companies. Check it: Madison Reed………A woman led at-home hair-color company that combines technology, chemical innovation, beauty, consciousness, and DIY. Now, finally, I have a company to refer my at home colorers to that I can stand behind!

Led by CEO Amy Errett, Madison Reed is on a mission to create “better for you” products to help women look and feel their best, without sacrificing quality or their health.

This cool bay-area based company sent me a couple of samples a while back, and I was skeptical (as usual.) I also happened to be in a particular kind of desperate hair color rut……Dull, drab, and tired. One of the products that they sent me was a color gloss treatment and I decided to give it a go.
Here were my impressions…..I loved that it was a no-mix color. It comes in one tube, and was very easy to apply. I liked the simple, sleek packaging. I could see the exact color it was depositing as I applied it, which really took the guess-work out……I knew what I was going to get color-wise, and I knew that it was a very gentle, non-oxidizing formula. Also, It smelled nice. Here are the gloss colors, btw.

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After my gloss treatment, my hair was brilliantly toned, shiny, reflective, and soft for the next month. And I was SOLD! (Stay tuned for a post on this great product alone, with before/afters;) I did some more research into the company, and got more sold.

Their focus is on delivering a little bit of pampering and a little bit of glamour all in the convenience of your home, on your own time. At the moment they are focused on continuing to create better for your products to help people achieve the hair they deserve in a healthy and affordable manner.

I love a company that helps people empower themselves with DIY while really delivering on the quality, and I am excited to now FINALLY have a color line to use in my HTHG DIY Color Consultations.………they are turning the hair color industry on its head and developing radically innovative and technology-enabled hair care and color products and experiences. And all for the at-home DIY hair colorers!!!!!Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 12.07.07 PM

RADICAL.

 

So here are the facts, Madison Reed currently offers a permanent hair color line that is both Gluten, Ammonia and Resorcinol free, offers 100% gray coverage, and is not tested on animals. The color comes in 32 lovely shades. To ease and enhance your color experience, Madison Reed sells hair-coloring accessories, as well as Shampoo and Conditioner.

 

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Their Color Glossing Treatment is a semi-permanent no-mix solution that it the PERFECT easy to use at-home toner. Tone+Shine+Softness=Bomb Hair Days.

 

 

 

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They have a fantastic little Root Touch-up Powder that comes in a sleek little compact. You can use it to cover up your roots in between coloring or, if you are me and always hellbent on finding new ways to use things, you can give yourself a root-shadow like Rain did. Because everybody knows that dark roots are in right now. 7U6A6607

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If you are already wowed, hold on to your seats, babes, because Madison Reed offers a fantastic customer support…….With a Continuous Color Plan. Wait…….What? Is this real life? Yes. They will send you a box of color in you shade for a discounted price, as often as you want it, and give you continuous access to color specialists who will answer all of your hair color questions.

The moral of this story is this: If you are a DIY colorer, your hair future just got a whole lot more awesome, thanks to Madison Reed. With a company like this setting the bar, we can look forward to an up-swing in conscious and quality at-home hair color products and brands. Thanks, Madison Reed!
Keep it up, babes.

xoxo, HTHG

 

DIY color consult with HTHG, and removing hair dye stains!

Hi babes. I wanted to post the DIY color consultation success story with you. Zyira purchased her HTHG color consultation, needing major corrective color advice. Her hair was very very pink, and she wanted to get it as close to her natural color as possible. Any hair colorist knows, this is a BEAST of a job. But I helped talk her through it, and she nailed it, DIY!new2

 

 

Here is what she said…..

 

I’m trying to figure out how to take my hair back to as close to my natural color as I can get.

I’ve been using oldManic Panic Hot Hot Pink for a year or so now. I’ve had no problem refreshing my color on my roots every 3 or so months. My hair has not faded barely at all, side for a few tips here and there that go somewhat pastel after a few months of washing. My hair has held onto this color fantastically.

But I’m tired of it on every counter and surface I own. I’m tired of my pink pillowcases and collars on my shirts. I’m tired of it. I’m about to buy a house, and I don’t want anymore pink stained bathtubs. and to be able to shower without having to lean my head over so that my body isn’t covered in pink streaks.

What would be the best course of action besides going to an expensive colorist (as I said, buying a house$$$$) that I could do at home?

I have very fine hair, and prior to the bleaching / manic panic, I have never had my hair dyed any color.

I live right next to a Sally’s and I’m comfortable buying the products and doing it myself. I just don’t want to damage my hair.. my hair has stayed soft as it ever was, despite the bleaching, and I really don’t want to screw it up.

 

I wrote back….

 

Hello! Gah! I know what you mean about the mess that comes with having brilliantly colored hair. I will have to say, though, that the pink is stunning on you and it looks as if you have done a great job with the DIY maintainance.

Here is what I suggest, taking into account the fact that your hair is fine and you don’t want to damage it any more than you have to.

Something to keep in mind is that it will be very hard to get the EXACT color that you want, especially at first. I say we shoot for a rich brown color, and know that it will need to be darker than you want it, at first, to cover the pink correctly. Over time, as it fades, there are easy ways to correct the tone as it lightens up, which will get you closer to your natural:)

I recommend starting off with this. Check out this post.http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-Dye-from-Hair

Step 1. Alternate between method 1 and method 3, every day, for a week.

(I don’t think it is necessary to use dandruff shampoo with method 3, btw. Regular shampoo will work just fine.)

After a weeks time, notice if you hair color has lightened any. I would love another picture at this point, before you move on to step 2.

Step 2.

Do a french shampoo to remove more of the pink. Here is how. http://www.wikihow.com/Do-a-Bleach-Wash-on-Your-Hair

This is an easy way to strip out color with bleach without risking too much damage.

After this, you should be in a good spot to use a permanent color ( I would say a level 5 brown, and it will need to be a nuetral/ash/green brown to tone out more pink. Check this one out…..http://www.sallybeauty.com/clairol-haircolor/SBS-320735,default,pd.html

I am guessing you will want to use an equal mix of 4aa and 5gn. But like I said, send me a photo after step 1 and step 2, just to confirm:)

BTW…..Rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizer are the best for removing pink hair dye tub stains, and clothing stains! pour it right on there and let it sit a minute;) Then rinse the pink away.

She responded…..
So I did the baking soda + head n shoulders yesterday, and the vitamin C thing today.. and that was a HECK of a lot more effort than it was worth. I took an entire bottle of vitamin C and an hour of time to grind it up to have enough to cover my head (its past boob length).. so I’m gonna have to go with I don’t really wanna do that again.

Also way more pink water with the first method than the second. Though despite washing my hair twice in two days with these two methods, I am not any less pink than I was to begin with. 
I’m going on a cruise in 18 days and my in-laws would very much love it if I were de-pinked before then. 
Is there another course of action perhaps I could take? 
I came back with….

Just go right for the french shampoo, then color over it with a medium/dark brown would be your best DIY bet.

 

Success!!!!

 

1Just wanted to say thank you! Hair restoration was a success!

I french shampoo’d twice over a few days, one time with conditioner, second time without. Mixed up both the colors you suggested and let it set for 25 mins or so, and voila!

Doesn’t look super fake or anything almost matches the root color I have now.. as well as covered up the leftover pink without so much as a trace (it wasn’t a lot, very pale and splotchy)

Thank you very much! happy mother in law and happy bathroom tub grout!
YAY!!!! Are you a DIY hair colorer? If so, check out this post, and consider a DIY Color Consult with HTHG.xoxo, HTHG

Genevieve Schatz, Company of Thieves babe, shares tips for keeping her hair colors bright!

Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 9.01.50 AMHere at HTHG, we LOVE chicks who are not afraid to make bold style moves, as a celebration of expression and style. We want to feature these rad people, and keep the inspiration going. With that, we have a guest post from a wildly colorful and cool musician lady named Genevieve Schatz.

So, Genevieve Schatz (the girl from Company of Thieves) is doing her own thing as Genevieve, a super upbeat pop artist who is also psychic (no, seriously).

She’s also been providing us with some major fashion and beauty inspo lately with her neon orange hair and awesome ear piercings from her seriously obsess-worthy Instagram (which features Christina Ricci as Wednesday Adams, vintage cars, and a random astronaut).

Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 11.57.44 AMToday, she is sharing her tips for how she keeps her hair color bright and fresh (Hello Manic Panic!) Be sure, once you are done reading, that you check out her Soundcloud and Instagram for further inspiration!

Get it, girls.

Genevieve Schatz

Hey there!

I have recently written a song called “Colors” about how important it is in life to find and celebrate your unique truth, your unique colors, the stuff that makes you, well, YOU!

One of the ways I like to have fun with color is to wear it on my head and let it blast through my 7th chakra into the great beyond. Yup, I am wildly passionate about rocking brightly colored hair and there are a few tips on maintaining the most vivid hues that I have learned along the way:

Genevieve’s Tips for Keeping Your Colors Bright!

Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 11.58.13 AM1. Water is not your friend. Water to brightly colored hair, is like you going outside and fetching the mail in

the dead of winter–it is best to keep your exposure to the element as quick and cold as possible so as not

to feel the burn. Did that make sense? No? Oh well.

2. While rinsing out brand new color, use freezing cold water and try to keep the light pieces separate

from the dark pieces. With mine for example, my ends are bright yellow but my roots are red/blue/purple/

orange and my stylist and her assistant will hold the yellow end up in the air and spray the cold water onto

them first, moving towards the root so as to not let the darker colors bleed into the lighter ends. *This can

easily become your next major art project!

3. Dry shampoo is your BFF. Evo makes one called “Water Killer” which is my current favorite because it

has a great scent and doesn’t look like a whoopee cushion exploded all over your head when you spray it

on.

4. Don’t inhale dry shampoo. I repeat: DON’T breathe in while you spray this onto your hair! Instead,

maybe exhale and be careful not to brush it into your eyes when you dump your head upside down to

really shake it off.

5. If possible, use a blow dryer while brushing out the dry shampoo! It helps the whole process go faster.

6. If you feel like your head is gonna explode because it itches and you are getting colored flakes when

scratching your scalp it is definitely time to (eek!) get it wet. COLD WATER ONLY! And a quarter amount

of shampoo with a fancy UV filter for protection! *Try to keep the shampoo at the roots only, then rinse

7. Try to touch up the color no less than every 6 weeks!

8. Have fun! Twists, braids, buns look fabulous with brightly colored locks!

9. Laugh about how high-maintenance your hair is and own it!

10. Beware of birds and bees (yes, actual ones!) because they will be very attracted to your hair. Just

breathe.

With love and color,

Genevieve

Holley and Savina: Dip dye and sign language.

7U6A1018Holley is one of my closest friends. She is a magnetic and magical woman and I consider her a sister, a confidant, partner in crime, and a muse. She is the mother of 2 beautiful and captivating daughters Loretta and Savina, both with completely different special needs.

Holley stole my heart with her beautiful Roma eyes and her knee length black hair at first sight, and she has been a force in my life ever since. Please read this post about Holley, the Roma people and their hair.

7U6A1010 I am endlessly fascinated by Roma people, or “gypsies’ as they have been historically called.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interesting fact here though……Calling a Roma person a gypsy is like any other derogatory racial slur. But in our culture, the word gypsy has taken on some kind of positive mystical archetype. The gypsy moniker has become so normalized that non-Roma women all over the place are calling themselves gypsies without realizing any cultural implications. The origin of the word has been buried in one of our worlds biggest cultural misunderstandings.

My Roma love story began for me when I was a 3 year old America born little girl living on a Fava bean farm in Portugal. I would sneak out of bed at night and watch the families in the Roma camp dancing to wonderful music late into the night out my little bedroom window, wishing I could be there and wondering why the Portuguese people around me seemed to dislike these amazing people so much. It was so hard to understand. It was my first little picture of massive cultural predjudice. Read about it, so that you understand.

7U6A0913Holley’s daughter Savina is almost 4 years old. She was born strong, bright, and completely deaf. As you can see, her lack of hearing does not in impair her ability to express herself! Ah the beauty of visual communication. Savina gets it.

I had the pleasure of coloring Savina’s hair for the first time last week. She wanted pink ends, so I used the last ounce of my Manic Panic Cleo Rose and did some easy pink dip-dye.

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I didn’t have to bleach her ends first because like most little kids, her ends were naturally lighter from being a kid in the Summer sun for the last 3 months. It worked perfectly.

IMG_1662I put her hair in a high ponytail, and then just worked through it applying the pink piece by piece in the ends and laying it on foil. Want to try this on yourself or your kid? It is stupidly easy to DIY, here is the tutorial:)

Savina was so proud sitting there in the chair, trying to contain her excitement. She checked her little self out from all angles in the mirror from all angles.

After we rinsed her color out and it was time to take some pictures, I saw this awesome side of Savina that I hadn’t yet witnessed. She came alive in front of a camera……A completely fierce and independent spirit. Just like her mama.

After that, the kids played together for a while in their own awesome way. My girls never play quietly under any circumstances, but with Savina I witnessed this lovely quiet play that shocked me. The three girls sat on the floor together building with blocks independantly but with collaboration and sharing. It was so peaceful and sweet. In the other room, Loretta laid contentedly for a while in a nest that the girls had made for her. Loretta is a wonderful story for a different day. I will try to get my hands in her hair soon so you all can meet her, too.

As a mother, watching my children adapt to play without a common language is really cool. They don’t skip a beat. Playing is universal. Children seem to understand each other in a certain way that transcends language or experience.

I am looking forward to learning more signs with my kids in the future.

Among many of the amazing things that Holley does in life, pioneering an effort to change deaf public school policy in our city which has notoriously neglected the rights of deaf children and families is just one of them. Want to donate to a great cause or get involved with deaf policy? Check this out.

xo, HTHG

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