How To Fade Your Hair Dye At Home
Figuring out how to strip your hair color without further damaging your hair can be overwhelming, especially with the limited amount of options that we currently have. Fortunately for you, I've been through it all and evaluated each method. My hair suffered so yours doesn't have to. Here are some common methods you might hear about, as well as some that have worked really well for me, Naturallycurly noted.
1. Dish Soap
Dish soap is made to break up oil on dishes, which it will also do to your hair, so beware of desert-dry tresses if you try this method. Fortunately, if you go through the effort of using this drying soap on your dyed hair, it can actually help remove unwanted color. You'll need to do many, many washes to fade it out, but it is definitely a step in the right direction if you really want to remove a color. Some people throw some baking soda into their dish soap for an extra boost. I haven't had great success with this personally, but who knows what might work for your hair!
2. The Fader Shampoo
Our brand new, pH-balanced shampoo is your new go-to for removing color! In addition to helping you gradually fade your shade, it’s formulated to gently remove impurities and buildup from your scalp, creating an ideal environment for healthy hair growth. It’s safe for all hair types and textures and it’s also sulfate- and paraben-free, so your strands shouldn’t get that dried-out feeling you get from other, traditional clarifying shampoos! Learn more about The Fader Shampoo, according to Log.overtone.
3. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is one of those methods that you hear around the internet that will help you lighten your hair, strip your hair color, whiten your teeth, etc. In my experience, lemon juice is not quite the miracle you are looking for. If you try to lighten your hair with it, the most you will get is your best friend squinting at your head in bright lighting asking you if you did something new to your hair, but not being able to identify what it was. In my opinion, it's not worth the time.
4. Baking Soda
Baking soda is in the same category as lemon juice, and oddly enough it's also used for whitening teeth, which is an interesting coincidence. I've tried mixing baking soda into different concoctions to strip my hair dye, and it hasn't been all that helpful.
5. Vitamin C Method
Apparently vitamin C accelerates fading, so I ran out to Shoppers to assemble my supplies. There's no exact "recipe" for this, but I used about 20 to 30 tablets of vitamin C and smashed them up in a Ziploc using a rolling pin. The orange coatings were hard to smash up, but as long as you have a bunch of white powder (the active part), you're fine. Next, you put your vitamin C powder in a bowl with your shampoo and/or dish soap of choice. For this batch, I used mostly Head&Shoulders with a few squirts of Dawn for good measure. Now mix it all up so it's nice and frothy.
The only caveat is that sulfate-based products, if you leave them on your scalp for a long time, can be insanely irritating. Because I basically spent 48 hours with this stuff on my head, I was left with a dry, sore, flaking scalp... it took about a week to get back to normal. But sometimes, you've gotta suffer in the name of beauty, Theskincareedit suggested.
6. Color Strippers
Hair dye strippers exist for permanent hair colors. I've used the One N Only Colorfix before. You can use them on semi-permanent or demi-permanent hair dyes, but they are chemical processes that will be damaging to your hair. They also never fail to smell like rotten eggs on a hot day in a boiler room, but if you are desperate or need your color gone ASAP, one to maybe two rounds of this will have your hair looking like it's just been bleached... and smelling like eggs.
7. Bleach Baths
Bleach baths are a last resort for hair dye removal. If you have a dye that is just absolutely way too stubborn for any other method, then you can use this method at the risk of damaging your hair further while resolving your color issue. Just mix bleach powder in with some shampoo (some people use bleach powder with the developer and then shampoo, but it's up to you) and wash your hair with the mix. Leave it on for a few minutes and the color will disappear like Houdini.
|Everyone's hair is different, and these are tips based on my own personal experiences, but I encourage you to try each method out for yourself and see how it reacts with your own hair. Happy color stripping!|
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