How I Removed Black Hair Dye
Recently I decided I no longer wanted my jet black hair and wanted a lighter change.
Now, I’m sure anyone who’s had dyed black hair knows that this is something that’s annoying, damaging and just a mess most of the time. I decided bleach was out of the question and that I’d try out some products from Priceline instead of spending a lot of time and money at a hairdresser, although I do recommend it.
First thing I recommend is using my favourite way to remove a small amount of leftover dye which the details on are coming soon.
Then the proper attempts at removal begin.
First I used Scott Cornwall’s Decolour Remover, the directions below are from Priceline’s website here.
Before each of the colour removers, I did a 48-hour allergy patch test, something I highly recommend for every use.
- Pour Activator into Remover Bottle & shake will for 1 minute.
- Apply to 100% dry, freshly washed hair.
- Leave on for the specified time depending on desired results as described within directions (e.g. 15 minutes for removal of unwanted tones, 20-25 minutes for removal of recently applied hair colour). (I left it on for 45 minutes)
- Rinse under warm water until water runs clear and lightly towel dry hair. Rub remaining remover cream in hands and work through hair like shampoo. Comb through hair and rinse.
- Apply Conclude Balm onto towel dried hair, comb through roots to tips for 1 minute. Leave to Develop for further 5 minutes and then rinse out
I applied heat with a hairdryer for around 5 minutes to encourage the colour to come out during the processing time.
I didn’t have much faith in the product when I started, but this removed quite a lot of dye and got my natural hair colour coming through on about 1/3 of my hair and had lightened my mids and ends a few shades also.
One thing I do want to point out is that this stuff smells like rotten egg. Imagine an omelette on a hot, Australian summer’s day which has been left for about 2 days.
It’s worth dealing with smell because it does what it says, I recommend this for hair without a lot of dye build up or just any colour lighter than jet black.
With these removers it’s possible to recolour your hair immediately, I decided to wait a week between colour removals.
The second attempt was the Colourless Hair Colour Remover Max Condition, once again it absolutely stank even though this was a ‘fresh fragrance’, definitely not fresh unless we mean freshly rotten.
These directions are from the Colourless Website, here.
- Pour bottle A into bottle B and shake vigorously for 1 minute
- Apply to clean dry hair using entire contents, ensure the hair is saturated with lotion, use comb to ensure complete coverage. Cover hair in cling film and process for 45 minutes
- Once hair is completely covered, place cling film over the hair. This generates heat and encourages the cuticle to open.
- Rinse lotion off with warm water for 5 minutes. Apply half of bottle C and massage to lather like a shampoo for 1 minute. Now rinse for 5 minutes. Apply the remainder of bottle C and massage to lather like a shampoo for 1 minute. Now rinse for a further 5 minutes
- For Max Conditioning Only
Apply Bottle D and massage thoroughly like a normal conditioner, then rinse for 1 minute.
This lightened my ends quite a lot, however, any kind of red tones in the black dye had definitely become more noticeable, I now have a red tint to my brown hair and it honestly looks quite nice.
Obviously, if you have redyed your hair multiple times, the colour becomes harder to remove. I’ve had about 12 months worths of dye on my hair so there was never an expectation for me to be back to my natural hair colour completely, but this is a good way to get your hair lighter without using any bleaching products.
I hope this was helpful or slightly informative, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me or comment below!