How to Remove Red Hair Dye

By on July 14, 2017

Most people believe that red hair dye is the most difficult dye to remove from hair, so when anyone says they’re planning to dye their hair red, they go into panic mode: ‘Don’t do that, you will never get it out!’ But contrary to this popular belief, red hair dye is actually pretty easy to remove from the hair.

If you have found yourself stuck with fiery red locks that you absolutely can’t stand, have no fear: there are 3 quick and easy solutions to your red hot problem, all of which will leave you with a hair color you can certainly enjoy.

Choose Your Next Color

Before we step into the different processes of removing red hair dye, you first and foremost need to decide what color hair you want to achieve after red removal. There are three different options you can choose from: going to a lighter hair color, a darker hair color, or simply removing the red hair dye completely and enjoying your natural tone once again.

Keep in mind that each of these processes will require a different set of steps. For instance, going with a lighter hair color means stripping the red hair dye from your hair completely before lightning, as trying to bleach hair over red locks is simply impossible and nothing will come of it.

Moving to a darker shade is much easier, as you can apply darker hair dye directly to red manes and achieve your desired hair color in a flash.

Completely removing red hair dye and enjoying your natural tone is also simpler than the lightening process, but still requires a certain amount of time and effort.

That being said, decide what color you would like to end with, then find the corresponding procedure below.

Lighter Hair Procedure

Like we mentioned before, you simply can’t toss on a coat of lighter hair dye and expect it to work instantly. Once hair has been dyed red there’s simply no way to lighten it with another dye, and whatever dye you choose probably won’t be able to knock out the red tones even if it does lighten up a bit.

Your first step to lighter hair is to use a hair dye remover. Hair dye removers do exactly what they say they do: remove hair dye from the hair in a gentle manner. Make sure your hair is completely covered with the hair dye remover so you don’t end up missing strands or chunks. Once the hair dye remover is applied, let it work its magic on your locks before rinsing out the red dye. Please note that hair dye remover may not be able to remove all the red hair dye, but it will get enough out to proceed with the light hair mission.

After you use the hair dye remover you’ll notice that a lot of the red tones are washed out, and you may notice your hair is even a bit lighter than before. For some women, this subtle lightening will be enough to please them. But if you want a more blonde shade, you’ll need to use bleach. Only use bleach if your hair is in healthy, good condition or you may end up damaging your locks even further.

If you decide to bleach your hair for a lighter shade, you need to ensure the bleach is applied throughout your entire mane and there is no extra pieces left out. Once you have applied the bleach thoroughly, leave it on for up to an hour or until you’ve reached your desired shade. If you find you still need your hair lighter, go ahead and apply more bleach for another treatment.

The final step in achieving light blonde hair color after red is to apply the new hair dye. You must choose an ash blonde shade and it must be one level lighter than your current shade. This is necessary to avoid any lasting red shades and to avoid a gray or green tinted nightmare after the dying process.

To apply the hair dye, section out your hair and apply the hair dye thoroughly from root to tip. Make sure you’re not leaving any pieces out and you’re applying the hair dye quickly for an even, flawless result.

You will need to pay close attention to your hair during this process, as toning can happen incredibly fast. Once you’ve reached your desired shade of hair color, go ahead and wash out the hair dye and you’re good to go. Golden blonde and beige blonde will occur faster than ash blonde and natural blonde, so make sure you’re keeping an eye on the color changes to wash out when necessary.

Darker Hair Procedure

If you want to get darker hair, it’s a much simpler process than going lighter. In fact it is the easiest way to get rid of red hair dye, and you don’t even need to worry about the hair dye removal step.

Now, there’s two different ways you can go from red to a darker hair color. If you don’t mind having a little bit of red undertones (which can look absolutely stunning on dark brown or black hair), all you will need to do is apply your desired hair dye shade to your hair. Leave the hair dye on your hair until the desired shade is met. The darker hair color you choose, the less red undertones will be left; but please note that they will still be present.

If you absolutely want to get RID of your red hair and don’t want any undertones left, you need to get a hair dye with cooler tones to balance out the red and knock it out of your mane. However, if you want a warmer shade you can do this also. But if you don’t pick a cool tone you’ll need to mix your hair dye with 1/4 parts corresponding ash tones.

Decide which one is right for you and the hair color you desire. Once you have decided, apply the dye like you normally would, working in sections as fast as possible to ensure a perfect, even ending.

Toning Out Red Hair Dye

If you simply want to strip the red coloring from your locks, you can do this too in a quick and easy manner. However, you need to decide what level of red hair you have to pick the proper dye to knock out the red tones.

If you have darker red hair coloring, you can simply use an ash blonde hair dye to remove the red and get back to a nice, natural hue.

If you’re stuck with bright red locks, you’ll need to choose a blonde to light blonde hair dye to neutralize your locks and get rid of that striking red shade.

Hair Care

Please remember that no matter what you do with your red hair, whether you’re lightening it, darkening it, or simply removing the hair color, make sure you’re taking good care of your hair afterwards. All of these procedures take a toll on your mane, so conditioning and hydrating as much as possible is essential in maintaining healthy locks that are luscious and beautiful.

See? Getting rid of red hair is easier than you thought! With just a few simple steps you can quickly go blonde, go dark brown, or any other color your heart desires. No hassle, no crazy steps, and can be done in just a few hours. So don’t fear the red hair dye, ladies.

Have you ever gotten rid of red hair dye? How did you do it? What was the outcome? Share with us!


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