- July 15, 2022
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- Posted by: Frankie Cochrane
Permanent dye is designed to achieve long-lasting results and to accomplish this ammonia and hydrogen peroxide are combined to penetrate the hair cuticle, allowing the colour to be deposited.
A permanent dye can cause loss of hair strength and reduced hair thickness and can be tricky to take away. See how to safely remove permanent hair dye from grey hair here…
If you’re using a colour stripper you’ll need to wash your hair at least 24 hours before to allow natural hair oils to protect your scalp. Stripping hair colour is the process of breaking down the bonds between the hair dye and the melanin that gives your natural hair colour and lightens only the hair dye.
A commercial colour stripper technique uses chemicals to strip away the colour without bleaching ingredients and can provide a successful immediate outcome for natural colours. After mixing the chemicals together immediately apply the mixture with a colour hair brush or gloved hands. After evenly coating each strand cover hair with a shower cap and wrap it in a towel to keep the strands warm. After 20 minutes rinse your hair with warm water and shampoo several times. You’ll need to follow up this colour-removing product with a deep conditioner to prevent your hair from becoming dry.
Choose a clarifying shampoo which contains a lot of sulfates which also helps to remove the colour. Let the shampoo sit for about 15 minutes under a shower cap and after rinsing with hot water to open the hair cuticle apply a deep-conditioning treatment.
Stripping hair dye with baking soda is another method that can be used to penetrate the cortex of your hair to help remove the dye. Make a paste by mixing equal parts of baking soda with an anti-dandruff shampoo and evenly coat strands of wet hair and let it sit for a few minutes. Rinse out and then repeat the process on a daily basis as needed. As the baking soda is abrasive you’ll need to use a conditioner after each wash.
Vitamin C powder can also help lift the colour. Crush around 12 pure vitamin C tablets and mix with a clarifying shampoo to form a paste. Wet your hair and then apply the mix and cover with a shower cap. After about an hour rinse off the mixture to achieve lighter results.
The acid in white vinegar can help loosen molecules of dye and remove it from your hair strands. Mix the vinegar with water and then saturate your hair with the solution. Allow sitting for around 20 minutes under a shower cap before washing it out thoroughly. The citric acid in lemon juice also helps lighten hair dye. Coat your hair with freshly squeezed lemon juice and slip on a shower cap for up to half an hour before rinsing and following up with a deep conditioning treatment.
Hydrogen peroxide mixed with equal parts of water can be an ideal option if your hair dye is really dark. Evenly saturate your hair to allow the bleach to open the hair cuticle which will take about 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water and apply a conditioner to close the cuticles and avoid hair damage.
Or you could simply call on the professionals to avoid any risk of damaging your hair with at-home colour removal techniques.
Looking for a hairstylist in Holborn?
The Frankie Cochrane salon specialises in grey hair care including choosing a haircut that will completely transform your look and providing a colour rescue service to remove permanent dye from grey hair skillfully and carefully. With over 25 years of experience in delivering highlights and colours, your hair will be in safe hands!