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.

10 Foods to Boost Hair Growth

10 Foods To Boost Hair Growth

Guest Post Alert. Thanks for this hair-boosting food guide, from NiceHair. xo!

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Beautiful, shiny hair is an indication of good health and it’s something we all

strive for. In fact, in an increasing look-conscious world, the state of our hair

has become something of an obsession, and most women spend more than they

would choose to reveal at the hairdressers and on hair care products. So it pays

to remember that healthy-looking hair comes from within and by eating hair-

friendly foods, you can encourage strong, glossy hair growth.

Here are

10 items to include in your diet to make a difference to your hair.

1. Whole grains – if you swap white bread and pasta for wholegrain products, you’ll

be increasing your intake of iron, zinc and the B group vitamins, all of which

contribute to great hair. The added bonus is that wholegrain foods boost your

health in a multitude of other ways, too, as well as being diet friendly.

2. Nuts – nuts are nature’s tiny powerhouses of goodness! Packed with vitamins,

minerals, healthy fats and fibre, you can’t go wrong by including nuts in your

diet. In particular, Brazil nuts are rich in selenium, a mineral that helps to keep

your scalp healthy. Walnuts have a high concentration of omega 3 fatty acids -

these are the healthy oils that can keep your hair from becoming too dry. A

shortage of zinc can lead to hair-shedding, but plenty of nuts contain good levels

of this mineral, so take your pick.

3. Carrots – if you thought carrots were all about seeing in the dark, well, yes,

they’re certainly good for your eyes. But beta carotene, the pre-curser of Vitamin

A, can also help to maintain a healthy scalp.

4. Salmon – this peachy pink oily fish is the gift that keeps on giving as far as hair

is concerned. It packs protein, omega 3 fats, Vitamin B12 and good levels of iron.

All of these will benefit your hair health, and the omega 3 fatty acids in particular

will prevent an itchy and flaky scalp and dry hair.

5. Oysters – another hair helper from the sea, oysters are rich in zinc. This mineral

is responsible for their reputation as an aphrodisiac – and as a powerful

antioxidant it helps to keep your hair follicles and scalp in peak health.

6. Chicken and turkey – these white meats are fantastic sources of protein while

having the added benefit of being low in fat. At the same time, they’ll boost your

iron levels, especially if you eat them with a good source of Vitamin C which helps

the body to absorb iron.

7. Leafy greens – there’s a whole range of green leafy vegetables that are just

queuing up to add to your hair health. Kale, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, chard,

Brussels sprouts – all these contain fabulous amounts of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

Both these vitamins are needed for your hair follicles to produce sebum, the

natural protective layer for your scalp and hair.

8. Eggs – everybody’s favourite breakfast food makes the perfect ingredient for

healthy hair. Plenty of protein, biotin and B vitamins.

9. Avocado – make your salads a whole lot more delicious and satisfying while

giving hair health a boost. Avocadoes contain plenty of B vitamins, Vitamin E and

lots of healthy fats that help to keep hair glossy.

10. Dairy foods – milk and cheese are a fabulous source of protein, particularly for

those who don’t eat meat or fish. On top of that, they’re a good source of

calcium, another factor contributing to hair health.

About Author:

NiceHair is a hair loss prevention specialist website featuring tips, tricks and advice on

hair loss prevention, interviews, healthy eating, delicious recipes as well as beauty tips,

reviews and lists of effective examples of topical hair loss treatments. For more

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My Favorite Recipes to Rock your DIY Hair Care, at Home.

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……In your quest for homemade alternatives to your favorite hair products, look no further than your pantry. That’s right, I said it — and I’m a professional hairstylist. I’ve been experimenting with at-home hair remedies for years, and I’m here to represent for the DIY enthusiasts in the house.

With a few ingredients you probably already have — or can easily get online or at your local Whole Foods — you can create your own arsenal of effective hair-care products that rival the ones you spend big bucks on at the salon. Make some room in your bathroom cabinets, babes, because this is an addictive hobby that’ll save you money and give you some new beautifying tricks.

This HTHG for R29 post is now live, check it out and learn to make all the products you need to rock your hair care routine at home!

5 homemade hair health recipes!

Hi babes! This guest-post is from Mila, a UK hairdresser and writer. Get you Kitchen Beauty Alchemy tools out and let’s get it crackin.

5 home-made hair health recipes that will leave others wondering

Imagine this scene – you, at a party or a night out and one of your new friend asks you something like: “Wow, great hair. How do you keep it so healthy and shiny? My hair stylist swears by Oscar Blandi and Redken…”
and your response: “Eggs and avocado oil.”
I can vividly imagine that face and that dropped jaw because I’ve seen it happen. I am a professional hair stylist, but I’ve been dabbling a lot over the past few years in the all-natural hair nourishment.
I’ve seen some great results, and I am here to share.
Why does it make sense to experiment with home-made hair products?
A few reasons…
The manufacturer of the  products did not have YOU in mind when coming up with the products. What I am trying to say is that hair products are chunked into groups like for dry or for greasy hair.
But is the hair of all girls out there the same?
Of course not. Home made recipes allow you to experiment and adjust. A drop     more of this and a dash more of that and see how your hair reacts and, in time,     find that sweet spot that will lead to the kind of situation we described at the     beginning.
Most of the “good stuff” in hair products is herbal-based anyway but mixed with chemical concoctions that might be drying the life out of your hair. If you are one of those girls who seems to be chasing the elusive dream of healthy hair for years, then this might be your answer.
It saves you money
And in spite of what impression you might have right now, all of the recipes I am about to present take under 15 minutes to make.
Here’s what I’ll share in this article. My favorite home-made:
-Natural shampoo recipe
-Natural conditioner recipe
-Deep conditioning recipe
-Natural Leave-in recipe
-Natural hair detangler

So, let’s dive right in!

Natural egg shampoo

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 6.45.34 PM Eggs are super foods but not just alongside bacon or rye toast, but are just as great for your hair. Great moisturizing and nourishing leaves you with nice healthy and shiny hair.
The recipe:
Ingredients
2 whole eggs and one additional yolk
2 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
1.5 tbsp of honey
3 drops of olive oil
Application: Use a spray bottle to wet your hair with warm water. Apply the mixture evenly and leave it in for 2 minutes and then rinse, again, using warm water.

Avocado and mayo conditioner

This is one of the best examples of the simplicity of making the all-natural hair products. It takes 5 minutes to make, ingredients are common and it works wonders on dry hair. For optimal results, you can experiment with the amount of mayo used.
The recipe:
3/4 of a medium sized avocado
1 jar of homemade mayo (I use 16 oz jar)
Mix the ingredients well using a hand mixer until the mixture is evenly blended.
Application: Damp your hair and apply a generous amount of the mixture. Take some time to evenly and fully cover the strands of your hair and then cover it with a plastic cap. This way the nourishing ingredients will penetrate deeply into each strand.
Allow 20 minutes for this and rinse thoroughly with cool water.

Deep sesame conditioner
This recipe is not only great for the hair, it’s also great for your scalp. If you have a dandruff issue, now is the time to say your bye-byes.
The recipe:
1/3 cup of sesame seed oil
2.5 tbsp of Aloe Vera gel
0.5 tbsp of olive oil
3 drops of tea tree oil
1 cup of Greek yogurt

My favorite leave-in

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 6.44.49 PMI’ve seen this one in action many times, I use it personally and it “turns” the worst of skeptics and non-believers.
It’s a the Aloe Vera and Coco leave-in.
The recipe:
3/4 coconut water
1/2 Aloe Vera
6 drops of honeysuckle oil
Pour all the ingredients into a spray bottle starting with the Aloe Vera gel. Gently shake the bottle until all the ingredients are well blended. Refrigerate it and shake well but gently before each use. I’ve seen best results when I apply it to damp, freshly washed hair.

My favorite all-natural detangler

If you have a naturally coily hair, you might find it that the use of conditioner alone is just not enough to detangle it well and that not even the best hair straightener does the trick of getting you the silky hair you are going for. Here is my favorite home-made detangler recipe:
I cannot always completely explain why something works and sometimes I don’t even try. With this one, I believe that it’s all the super beneficial protein that does the trick.
The recipe:
distilled water – 2 cups
1/4 of finely ground flax seed
8 drops of Grapefruit seed extract
Instructions:
Mix the water and the ground seeds and place on low heat. Stir it all the way until you get nice and consistent gel-like mass. Set it aside to cool.
Strain it through a fine sifter. This will remove the seeds residue. Then add the extract to the gel and stir gently until even. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Apply it directly to the knotted strands. Stored properly it can last up to 20 days so label the container to make things easier.
Final thoughts
I have to admit something – I was a skeptic about home-made hair stuff for a long time. It was my thinking that it’s a waste of time to mix, grate and sift like it’s the 19th century until one of my “hippie” friends practically forced me to try some of these things.
I was hooked up then and there.
When I think about it, I have clients whose hair just don’t respond well to anything we try. The problem might be in the added chemicals. So, the home-made recipes are not to be scorned. I’ve tried it and it just works.
And let’s not forget the fact that not everybody can afford Bumble and Bumble and similar products.
Try one of these and no matter what you think right now, you are bound to be surprised.
Take care

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Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 6.45.20 PMMila Withley is a hair stylist and an ex hair styling judge. She currently resides in the UK where she manages her two hair salons.
She is also the editor of the hairstraightenerjudge.com where she reviews the best hair straighteners on the market.

DIY Henna gloss treatment, 101

7U6A7019Hey there guys. How are you all? I’m pretty good. I’m just sittin in my little blogging corner in the window of the gallery at Vain Beautyworld, waiting for my next client to come in for a touch up trim. I just took a sip of my coffee and their was a long hair floating in it. #hairdresserproblems

Today, I have some info to share with you about Henna.

My first henna experience was a disaster. But it was not the henna’s fault. I can blame no one but myself. I put henna on top of my hair that had been bleached with Sun-in and permed, and henna turned my hair green.

I have shied away from the fine green powder since then. I’ve encountered henna-d hair in the salon many times, and had to explain to clients that when you want to color over henna, there is just no telling what can happen. Sometimes, it is no problem. Sometimes, hair melts off. A strand test is a MUST.

The outcome of henna on previously colored hair is totally dependent on several things……. Is the henna pure or cut with other ingredients? ( If it is advertised as anything other than ‘red,’ it has other ingredients that can react strangely when applied on hair that has been previously color treated.) Does your hair have buildup from very soft or hard water? has your hair been treated with other chemicals in the past? Again, a strand test is a MUST when using henna over color treated hair, or when trying to color over henna. It is not impossible to have good results, but it is better safe than sorry. #strandtest


For the first time in my life my hair is all natural, with a tiny bit of bleach on some ends. I had been reading a lot about henna on Natural Hair blogs. I liked what I read about using henna as a gloss and moisturizing treatment rather than a color. What finally got me on board was Curly Nikki,  who swears by henna treatments to strengthen and add shine to her curls. She convinced me to try it in her book Better Than Good Hair.

henna color“….Henna also helps protect hair from sun damage. As a matter of fact, Henna has gained commercial leverage as a hair conditioner and to stimulate hair growth; scientific studies have even proven that Henna is a better hair conditioner than other commercial conditioners. Regular use texturizes hair, giving it more body and making it visibly fuller.”

-Mountain Rose Herbs

How does henna work?

Henna is another name for a Lawsonia plant. When activated with water, powdered Lawsonia produces a red-orange pigment that bonds to the cuticle of the hair and coats it, much like a protein treatment with added color. The longer it stays on the hair and skin, the more pigment it leaves behind, thus the redder it will be and the longer it will stick around. Here is a bit more on the subject.

Screen Shot 2014-02-21 at 10.53.44 AMA light henna treatment will coat the hair gently to strengthen it and leave behind a subtle, translucent red gold shade. To the experienced hair color-er, a good solid 8WG.

I decided to try a henna gloss treatment. Here is what I learned…..

Henna is kind of magical. Henna is messy. Henna will stain your hands. I like how it smells, you might not. Henna is weird to apply, and next time I will use conditioner instead of oil to give it more slip for an easier application.

beforeAll of this said, it was an adventure, I felt like Cleopatra applying herb paste to my head, and I loved the results. I have done it 3 more times since! Here is a before and after, which shows you the subtle red prettiness and shine that the henna imparted which was the perfect winter hair perk up. The color has faded back to my natural with just a whisper of extra gold, which I’m totally cool with. I did a little ombre on my ends the other day, and It was no problem. BUT, I did do a strand test first, to be sure:)

What you need for a henna gloss treatment?

Step 1.

A plastic color bowl and brush.

Apple Cider Vinegar.

A measuring spoon or scoop.

Honey.

Your favorite hair oil ( I used my Beautiful Curls hair oil which I love.)

Hot water.

Saran wrap or a processing cap.

A scrub brush for your hands.

Henna ( I used Avigal, which is a great quality henna that comes in many shades and is easy to mix. I ordered it from Amazon, and it came 2 days later in a 17 oz can that was lovely to behold. )

 

 How to do a Henna Gloss treatment

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Step 2. Use your scoop to measure 3 tablespoons of henna powder with 1 tablespoon of hot water.

Step 3. Mix in your color bowl with your color brush.

Step 4. Measure 1 tablespoon of hair oil.

Step 5. Mix it into your henna.

Step 6. Measure 1/2 tablespoon of Vinegar. Mix it in.

Step 7. Measure one spoonful of honey.

Step 8. Mix it in.

Step 9. Mix everything into a smooth thin paste.

 

Applying Henna

hennaapplyFolks, It seems there is no easy or mess-free way to apply henna. Don’t let that stop you though, just be prepared for a bit of clean-up and have a good scrub brush and soap ready to thoroughly brush your hands off after applying your henna so that they don’t get stained!

Step 1. Begin by brushing to the henna into your roots at your hairline. Avoid getting it on the skin around your face, it will stain.

Step 2. Apply it to the roots on the sides.

Step 3. Apply it to the roots along the back hairline.

Step 4. Starting in the front on one side, work henna through small sections of hair, starting at the roots, pulling it all the way through the ends.

Step. 5 Work your way around the head, applying henna through small sections.

Step 6. Once done applying it through small sections, make sure the ends are all well covered.

Step 7. Check all throughout, making sure there are no dry spots.

Step 8. Admire yourself for a moment. Not often do we get to rub mud on our own heads.

Step 9. Gather all the hair in the back and twist it into a bun.

Step 10. Cover hair with processing cap or wrap Saran wrap around your head.

Step  9. Scrub hands thoroughly with soap.

Now, put a beanie over your plastic wrapped head and let the henna sit for a 1/2 to an hour. Depending on how much color you want. For a very deep red, leave the henna on over night.

When you are ready, jump in the shower and rinse the hair really well. Use a castille soap like Dr. Bronners to wash the remaining henna out of the hair. Finish with an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse.

xoxo, HTHG

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