When it comes to changing hair colours, trying to transition can be one of the more difficult tasks. Some hair colours are a lot harder to remove than others, but with patience and care, the impossible can be done! So in this blog post, I’m going to be discussing how I fade my hair colours and include which methods are best for certain colours.
I’ve been experimenting with my hair colour for almost seven years and during that time have managed to find effective methods for colour removal. Please note though that I’m not a hairdresser and although these methods work for me, they might not work for you so take everything here with a pinch of salt. If you’re ever unsure about anything, always consult a hairdresser!
Method #1: Anti Dandruff Shampoo & Hot Water
This method should be your starting point when you’ve decided you want to change colours. Anti Dandruff Shampoo is incredibly harsh on your hair and will strip out any hair colour it comes into contact with. Despite there being a dandruff shampoo for coloured hair, it does not work and is terrible, but when you want to strip colour it’s a great place to start. I will wash my hair every single day with this (often twice a day) and always follow with a good conditioner to make sure my hair isn’t too dry afterwards.
Best Used On… Any hair colour as a starting point, but colours such as red, orange, yellow, pink and any pastel colours can be removed simply with this method.
Method #2: The Vitamin C Treatment
If you want a way to remove hair colour without lightening it, the Vitamin C Treatment is your way forward. It’s incredibly simple to do – get Vitamin C Powder and mix shampoo together then plonk it on wet hair, leave for a few hours then rinse off. You’ll find that a lot of colour will come out with this method and it can even remove it altogether depending on what colour you’re trying to fade. Beware if you use this method – your hands will stink of Vitamin C for a day or two and if you get it on open cuts, it will sting like a bitch so use gloves when applying! I get my Vitamin C Powder from Holland & Barrett.
Best Used On… Pastel colours and any warm toned colours such as Red, Orange, Yellow, Pink and can be used to help shift some more pigmented colours like Blue, Green and Purple.
Method #3: Hair Colour Remover
For some more harsh hair colours, a colour remover from a drug store can often be the best way to go. They can be purchased from any store like Superdrug or Boots and a lot of supermarkets and works just like the Vitamin C method does (think of the Vitamin C method as a budget version of this one!). You mix up the developer in the box and put it on your hair for an hour (or 20 minutes depending on which one you get) then rinse out and your hair colour is gone! The treatments aren’t that expensive and you can get different strength ones depending on your own preference. My go to is the Superdrug Colour Rewind Colour Remover which is an extra strength mix for stubborn colours.
Best Used On… Any hair colour including permanent colours, but you’ll get better results with pastel hair colours. Can help to budge more pigmented hair colours, but won’t remove completely.
Method #4: Bleach Bath
This is a method that should only be used as a last resort and you’ve done all of the other steps above as this is the one that is the most harsh. A bleach bath is where you mix up hair bleach but dilute it with shampoo, so you’re still lightening your hair but it’s not as harsh. Some people mix conditioner in as well but I find that just using shampoo is fine. Right now, I’m using this method to get green hair dye out, as all of the other methods haven’t got me where I need to be (although they have helped somewhat). You need to be absolutely sure that you can’t get anymore colour out and check your hair every couple of minutes while it processes.
Best Used On… Stubborn hair colours like Purple, Blue & Green. Can be used for other hair colours but only if no other colour is coming out.
Method #5: A Hairdresser!
If you’ve tried all of the above and/or aren’t that confident in getting colour out, then it is wise to take a trip to your local hairdresser. Although it can be expensive, a hairdresser knows exactly what they’re doing and they can advise the best way forward for what colour you want to go next. It can also reduce the risk of you damaging your hair especially if you’re not quite sure about the methods listed here. Sometimes a visit to the hairdresser is necessary in certain situations as they are the professionals!
Best Used On… any type of hair colour – they can advise the best way forward!