Ask MYHD: What happens when I Colour Remove?

Why would a Product that is Bleach free, remove Permanent Hair Colour without causing damage to your Hair?

So you’re curious. You’ve read about this Colour Remover Product and questioning its credibility. Why would a Product that is Bleach free remove Permanent Hair Colour without causing damage to your Hair?

Fair enough. A Product like this must be too good to be true.

To sum it up, Colour Remover is a little bit of magic and a whole lot of science. So if you’re reading this and getting ready to take the plunge, get excited because it's an incredible ride. But also be sensible and read our advice below.

Why do you use Colour Remover?

Use Colour Remover when you need to remove Permanent Hair Colour from your Hair. This may be because you made a Colour mistake or you want to clear out your old Colour or you want to Lighten your Hair or go back to your Natural Colour.

Just a quick side note - if you have a Colour in your Hair that is Darker than your Natural, you must remove it first before you Lighten your Hair. If you don’t, nothing will happen.

How does it work?

Colour Remover comes in two parts - Part A and Part B. Part B is the active ingredient that removes the Colour and Part A has all the conditioners. Mix these two parts together to activate the Colour Remover.

The next part is when the magic, sorry science, happens.

Without getting too hairdressey - Colour Remover works by getting inside the Hair shaft and breaking up the bonds of the Colour that stick to the Hair and dissolves them. This means the Colour has nothing to hold onto, so it washes out of the Hair.

This is why it only works on Permanent Hair Colour because that sits inside the Hair compared to a Semi Colour that sits outside of the Hair shaft and can be easily washed out.

Before you start, keep this in mind. A general rule of Colour Remover is the weaker the Developer, the longer and more stubborn it is to remove that Colour.

So once you have Colour Removed, what are you left with?

Warmth. And sometimes a lot of it. It’s left over from your Developer you used with your Colour. Basically, the Developer opens up your Hair shaft to Lighten your Hair (that’s when the Colour goes in). So once you have Colour Removed and the pigment is gone, you are still left with “peroxided” Hair which is why you have Warmth.

If you have been Colouring your Hair a lot, you can get Colour Build Up. This happens when you Colour over Colour and your Hair fills up with pigment. When you have Build Up, you might find that 1 application of Colour Remover is not enough to budge your old Colour. You can Colour Remover up to 3 times in a row, although we do prefer to do it twice and wait for 24 hours and then come back and see if a third time is needed. We recommend clearing out your Colour Build Up regularly to keep your Colour even and your Hair healthy.

What’s next? Can I Colour?

What comes next depends on you. You can Colour again or stick with your Natural Colour. Keep reading the examples to see which one best suits you.

You Colour Removed your old Colour out to return to your Natural and yes you arrived back at your Natural hue, but with the addition of Warm Tones. And even though this hue is fun, it’s not what you are looking for. You need to Tone. Toning will not Lighten or Darken your Colour, it will just counteract the Warmth. Use the Toner Kit or any Colour with an Ash reflect mixed with a No Lift Developer and leave on the Hair for maximum 20 minutes.

You’ve Colour Removed, once or multiple times, and now you want to change your Hair Colour. Wait at least 48 hours before you reColour and choose a Colour 1-2 shades Lighter than the Colour you want to be. Don’t try any shortcuts here. If you don’t wait, your Colour will go back to Dark because your Hair shaft will be open and therefore soaks up any new Hair. You should consider choosing a Colour with Ash or Beige pigment to help Cool the Warmth you gained when Colour Removing.

We are curious, why do you use Colour Remover? Tell us below. Or do you have any before and after shots? We would love to see them, email us

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