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Getting Black Hair Dye Out

Published on 12th February 2008

Hello, I assume there to be many people who have made the decision to have black hair only to change their minds very quickly. This guide will tell and show the best method for removing black hair dye in a simple two step process that will leave your hair ready to be re-colored and relatively healthy. Below is an image of my boyfriend who had a friend dye his hair black while I was away.

Sadly the dye they used was of poor quality, which left his hair a dark brown and whoever did it didn’t even get his roots! Below is what can be accomplished by following these steps.

Okay, so as you can see, I started off with an extremely dark hair color. My goal was to get all the black out while leaving him with healthy hair that wasn’t completely fried. Now most people would just say to themselves “I’ll bleach the black out” NEVER EVER let this absurd idea into your mind. For while yes, you could use a 40 vol bleach, if you aren’t a professional, you won’t have any hair left. My boyfriend however not only wanted the black out, he wanted white hair. Sadly, I wasn’t able to get a toner.

So here come the actual directions:

Step one-
Purchase a box of L’Oreal Color Zap

This can be found at beauty supply shops and online. Follow the instructions for color removal. Now in case you are wondering why we are using Color Zap and not bleach, I’ll tell you. Color Zap is a product especially made for removing permanent color from your hair(color stripper). It is not bleach and therefor doesn’t completely fry your hair. This specific color stripper however does contain a small amount of bleach, which is what makes it ideal for removing black hair.

Follow the directions in the box (the directions are printed on the inside of the box) When you have rinsed your hair DO NOT condition. Once you have finished with the Color Zap, your hair should be a light to medium orange where the black was, if you got it on your roots, they may have bleached a little.

Now for the final step.

Step two-
Now we are going to use bleach the even out your color. You can either buy a bleach kit or mix up your own. Be sure that is a 20 or 30 vol, DO NOT USE 40vol! (If you are unsure as to what the numbers mean, please contact me and I’ll help you out) Follow the mixing directions and apply the bleach all over your hair, making sure to get the roots. Leave in as long as needed for the roots and ends to match, but do not leave on over the maximum time stated on the product. Rinse. IF you are planning to immediately recolor your hair DO NOT condition. Once you have put the color in and rinsed it then make sure to super condition your hair.
Note: It may take two bleachings to get the roots and ends to completely match, if you need to do two bleachings always wait at least two days and be sure you are using a moisturizing conditioner.

Sebastian, blond hair

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