Making a hair color mistake is almost always unpleasant. If your color mishap is the deepest, darkest shade of black, however, you've made a choice that might seem difficult to reverse. Because not everyone can carry off jet-black hair with style, you may feel that you are stuck wearing a hat for the next few months. In reality, black hair color is easier to "lift" than you may think.
Shampoos designed to remove dandruff flakes generally contain an arsenal of strong chemicals, according to MammalHair.com. These chemicals can lighten your dyed black hair. Simply use a dandruff shampoo in place of your normal kind to gradually lift the color. MammalHair.com also notes that you should avoid using any type of "color safe" or "color extend" shampoos or conditioners, as these are meant to extend the life of your hair color, not reverse it.
Dishwashing Liquid or Baking Soda
For a more intense approach to lightening the black dye, wash your hair with a common dishwashing liquid, such as Dawn or Joy. The concentrated chemicals contained in these product can lighten your hair color, MammalHair.com reports. You can also mix shampoo with baking soda as a method of removing black hair dye.
Hot Oil Treatments
THee use of hot oil treatments available at your local pharmacy or grocery store can also expedite the fading of your color, according to Real Beauty. An added benefit of a hot oil treatment is that it can restore moisture and health to your hair. To use, heat up the product as directed. Apply it to dry strands and leave it in your hair. Cover your hair with a towel or shower cap for 15 minutes. After you've rinsed out the oil, you should notice that your hair is slightly lighter, Real Beauty reports.
Wash your hair with an anti-residue shampoo. Because these products are designed to remove any persistent styling residue from your hair, they can also help wash away dye. You can maximize the effects of using this shampoo by following it with a hot oil treatment, MammalHair.com adds.
Jennifer Byrne is a freelance writer and editor specializing in topics related to health care, fitness, science and more. She attended Rutgers University. Her writing has been published by KidsHealth.org, DietBlogTalk.com, Primary Care Optometry News, and EyeWorld Magazine. She was awarded the Gold Award from the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (ASHPE), 2007, and the Apex Award for Publication Excellence.