Hair Color Removal Help - What Can I Use To Remove Hair Dye From My Hair?
Here's a question I received about hair color removal from a reader.
My hair is stained from red hair dye. It was the kind that washes out, but because my hair was a very light platinum blonde colour it happened to stain it and it is now a peachy pink colour. Since Oxyclean is safe enough to eat, and gentle on materials would it be safe to try on my hair? I'm thinking about doing a strand test.
Please, oh please, never eat Oxiclean. I know it is safe for most colored fabrics, for washing and stain removal, but that certainly doesn't mean you should ingest it!
In addition, I would never suggest Oxiclean as a hair color remover. It is designed to be used only on clothing, upholstery, fabric, carpet, hard surfaces and other non-living things. Never on your own living, breathing self.
I actually have gotten quite a few questions about hair dye stain removal, but I've mainly focused on how to remove hair color from things that accidentally got dyed, like drips on clothing or the carpet.
I'm not a beauty expert, so I've done what everyone in these situations should do, consult an expert. I recently read The Hair Color Mix Book: More Than 150 Recipes for Salon-Perfect Color at Home by Lorri Goddard-Clark. This book gives some great tips for
coloring your hair at home, using products you can find in a drugstore.
Inevitably, you may try some hair dyes and colors and don't like the end result, just like you did. Lorri suggests that you use a product specifically designed to remove hair color from your hair for the job, instead of household cleaners and stain removers.
Specifically, the brand that she recommends by name in this book is Color Oops Hair Color Remover (see links to purchase it below).
I've also written a page about hair color remover, for more information and some video demonstrations, if you want more information about this method for hair color removal. (Plus, I've gotten a couple of reviews from readers which I share below).
You can purchase this product, in several varieties of strengths, through the links below.
I hope this helps! I would definitely use a product designed to be put on human hair to lessen the chance of injury or damage to your hair, instead of Oxiclean!
I answered this question as part of a feature on my site, where you can ask for stain removal help. Do you have a question of your own? If so, send it to me and I may answer it (I get a LOT of questions, and I try to answer the ones that are quite common, and can apply to lots of people!)
Here's a Color Oops review from a reader, who shared how this hair color remover worked for her daughter, after using it for the first time.
S. Barnett says:
I used this product on my daughters hair. She had gotten a color that didn't turn out the shade it was on the box, so freaking out she did research as well on the best product to use to strip the color out of your hair without damaging your hair.
The worse part about Color Oops is the smell. It is a sulfur based product. It doesn't bleach or damage your hair, but it smells like rotten eggs.
I would suggest like we did when we used it on my daughters hair to find a place outside (open porch, screened in room with a lot of ventilation) to apply it on your hair and let it stay on for the recommended time, then go inside to rinse it out.
It will still smell up your bathroom just from being in the shower for the short time to rinse it out, but at least it won't linger for a long period of time as it would to be inside with it on your hair for the 20 minutes it says to leave it on. Just a FYI.
But I have to say it was easy to apply, and worked very well.
Thanks so much for sharing your review of Color Oops.
I think this basically confirms my recommendation above to use the product. Unfortunately, there is not going to much that is too perfect since permanent hair dye is meant, you know, to dye your hair permanently! Nice to know there is something you can try though.
I'd love to get additional reviews of this product from others, sharing how it worked for them, good or bad. You can share your own hair color remover review here, for this or any other brand, telling me how it worked for you.
There are affiliate links on this page, and if you purchase a product through them I receive a small commission. Purchasing through my links costs you nothing extra, but helps support the free information provided on this site and my family. To learn more please see my product review disclosure statement.
I hope you enjoy this gift, and stop by again soon!
CAUTION: This website is provided for informational purposes only. It is provided as is, without warranties or guarantees. Some stains and messes just won't come out, and are permanent. Further, some cleaning methods can harm your item, so if what you want to clean or launder is sentimental or expensive call a professional. See disclaimer of liability for more information.