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When you dye your hair using a store-bought box dye, it does not always come out like you want it to. Sometimes it's too red, too brassy or too light. Most often, however, it is too dark. There are solutions to lighten dyed hair, such as going to a hair salon. A cheaper alternative is to use a color remover at home, such as Clairol's The Uncolor System. These removers work to strip the color from your hair and leave it a lighter shade. The Uncolor System offers color removers for all types of dyed hair, from temporary to permanent.

Using Temporary and Semi-Permanent Haircolor Remover

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Work a Clairol Uncolor System color remover into dry hair until it is a lather.

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Put on a plastic cap, such as a shower cap. Tuck in all of the hair.

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Run a hair dryer on medium or high heat over the plastic cap for 30 minutes. Turn it off.

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Keep your hair under the plastic cap for another five minutes.

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Rinse the color remover out. Wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner.

Using Permanent Haircolor Remover

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Mix one packet of color remover with 2 oz. of water if your hair is dyed a light to medium color, or one packet of color remover with 2 oz. of 20-volume developer if your hair is dyed medium to very dark or black.

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Work the mix into dry hair until it is a lather, beginning 1/2 inch from the scalp.

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Put on a plastic cap, tucking in all of the hair.

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Run a hair dryer on medium or high heat over the plastic cap for 30 minutes. Turn it off.

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Keep your hair under the plastic cap for another five minutes.

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Rinse the color remover out. Wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner.

Tip

If you just dyed your hair, wait a week before using a color remover. Most hair lightens a week after dying.

If you are unsure what type of hair dye you used, check the box. On the front, it should say whether it was temporary, semi-permanent, demi-permanent or permanent.

About the Author

Emma Nichols

Based in New York City, Emma Nichols has been writing news and technology-related articles since 2007. Her work has been published in "The Beak" and by NBC Universal. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Eugene Lang College.