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It has happened to most of us at some point in our lives, we dye our hair expecting a beautiful and radical change, but when we see the end result we are unhappy with it.

If you have dyed your hair a colour such as blonde or light brown you can normal dye over it quite easily but if you have chosen a darker colour such as dark brown or black, this can make matters more difficult. Try as you might, you cannot dye over black or brown dye so most people feel as though they have two choices, they can either learn to like it or wait until it grows out. But there are some ways to help remove the unwanted colour from your hair.


The most common cause of colour fade in hair dye is shampoo, the lathering action of the shampoo is what strips the colour from the hair. Shampoos that are specifically designed for colour treated hair lather much less and this is what helps to prolong the colour.

Shampoo your hair daily using a normal shampoo, this will help to fade the hair dye significantly, make sure that you always condition your hair after you shampoo it as washing it everyday will leave it more susceptible to damage. You should see a difference after approximately two weeks.

Store bought hair dye removers.

These will remove the majority of the colour from your hair straight away, but because they are loaded with harsh chemicals they will cause severe damage to your hair. They will dry it out and make it look matte and dull. These should really be avoided but if you are absolutely desperate to remove the colour from your hair immediately then this is the only option.

Shower gel.

This is another method that needs to be used with great care because shower gel can be very harsh and damage the hair. But after a while, it will remove a great deal of the colour no matter how dark it is. Simply replace your shampoo with a shower gel, shower gel that is specifically designed for men works best. Condition as normal after you have shampooed your hair.


This is a method that not many people are familiar with, but it will remove a significant amount of hair colour over time. This is really the only method that will benefit your hair but it will take longer than the rest.

After you have shampooed your hair, remove all of the excess water by wrapping your hair in a towel for approximately one minute, apply a generous amount of conditioner to your hair and wrap it back up in the towel.

Leave it for approximately thirty minutes, or an hour if you can manage it, thoroughly rinse all of the conditioner off. You will see traces of colour and dirt being removed form your hair.


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