Question: How do you remove hair dye without going to a salon?
Answer: As the seasons change, many of us grow tired of our wardrobe and beauty routine. One of the easiest ways to update your look is by switching up our hair color — whether it be adding highlights or lowlights, or taking the plunge and getting a full-process color job.
Unfortunately, these color changes don’t always give us the results we want. In a season of constant sunlight, humidity, and chlorine, our hair color can easily become brassy, green-toned, or it may simply be too high maintenance for the more relaxed summer months. Whatever the issue, here are a few tried-and-true techniques to remove hair dye — without committing to yet another trip to the salon:
1. The simplest way to remove hair dye is by using Oops! Hair Color Remover ($11.99). The two-step formula will strip hair of both permanent and semi-permanent dye while moisturizing with aloe-enriched conditioner in less than twenty minutes.
2. If you are looking to avoid chemical treatments and will be spending a lot of time outside this summer, just run a teaspoon of lemon juice through your hair in the morning. The natural vitamins in lemon juice will open your hair follicles, allowing the color to fade out slowly while in the sunlight. Note: This works best when your new hair color is only slightly different from your natural tone, as it is a more gradual process.
3. If your hair was colored using semi-permanent dye, this simple at-home treatment will remove 1-2 shades of color: Crush two 1,000 mg tablets of Vitamin C into a powder and mix with 1/3 cup of ammonia and peroxide-free shampoo. Comb it into your hair and cover with a shower cap for 12-15 minutes, and rinse with cold water. Follow with a deep conditioner to prevent dryness.