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How to Get Rid of Green Stains

Published on 27th September 2018

It’s happened to the best of us. Tired of having purple hair, you decided to move on. What you didn’t expect: your faded purple turned bright green when you bleached it. And even worse – bleaching hasn’t lightened the green.

Purple can be a difficult colour to remove and its surprising reaction to bleach can leave you wondering how you ended up with green hair. Many violet shades oxidise to green and it can happen if you bleach your hair, use a colour remover, bleach bathe or put a permanent colour on top of purple hair. Unfortunately, that green staining can take a long time to wash out.

I’m going to share with you a quick method to get rid of the green staining with just a few ingredients that you probably already have.

Many violet shades oxidise to green and it can happen if you bleach your hair, use a colour remover or put a permanent colour on top of purple hair. Unfortunately, that green staining can take a long time to wash out.

You will need:

  • Bleach powder
  • Shampoo
  • Gloves
  • Tint bowl or other non-metallic bowl
  • Tint brush

Purple Hair Turned Green

To demonstrate the problem, I’ve dyed this piece of hair with Manic Panic’s Deep Purple Dream and then bleached the lower half. It’s a beautiful dark violet colour, and like many purples, it goes green/blue when you bleach it. You can see the original purple at the top, and the colour change after bleaching.

Manic Panic’s Deep Purple Dream turned blue-green by bleach

This is really typical of what happens when you try getting rid of purple and we get many questions on the forum from people desperate to fix their green hair. It doesn’t just happen with dark purples; unexpected green staining can occur when you’ve been toning your hair with a violet toner or it can even happen a long time after having your hair purple.

Watch the video

No time to read? Watch the video to see how it’s done. It includes a timelapse video of the green lifting to blonde!


Easy Way to Remove Green Staining: Getting Back to Blonde

This method is so simple, you’ll wonder why you never tried it before!

Mix one part bleach powder with 2 parts shampoo in a tint bowl. I’ve used L’Oreal Studio powder bleach, which contains ammonia. The ammonia gives this an extra kick, so for the best results I recommend using something similar. A quick check of the package ingredients will show you whether your bleach powder has ammonia. Any old shampoo will do for this method. In fact, very simple, cheap shampoo is probably best.

Manic Panic Deep Purple Dream
Manic Panic Deep Purple Dream
$13.00 (USD)

Take the usual precautions that you would when bleaching: avoid getting the mixture in your eyes, wear old clothing, use protective gloves, do sensitivity and strand tests.

Apply the mixture to any green areas of your hair, taking care not to get it on your natural regrowth. You’ll be able to see the colour change occur. It only takes around 5-15 minutes to remove the green staining. Now rinse, shampoo and condition.

Left: Before removing the stain. Right: Green/blue area is returned to blonde.

Easy!

Tips

  1. The key to getting rid of green staining is to apply the mixture thoroughly. If you find some areas that are still green it’s likely that they weren’t saturated enough with the mixture. You’ll need to repeat it on these areas.
  2. This isn’t as damaging as bleaching your hair, but expect your hair to feel a little dry afterwards.
  3. Don’t attempt this on hair that’s already badly damaged.

Check out this video to see this technique in action:

Has this method worked for you? Tell me in the comments!

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