Black hair dye can be difficult to remove from hair. Since the black color is ultra saturated, it sticks to your hair strands and goes deep into your hair shaft. Removing black hair dye isn’t as simple as applying a new color to your strands. While the process of removing black dye can be a bit long and tedious, it is possible to reverse the effects of too-dark locks. Consider having your hair professionally bleached to cut down on damage.
Bleach out the black pigments. You’ll notice that your hair will change color as more and more color is bleached out. For example, your hair may turns shades or red or orange, or it can even turn white. Make sure to remove the black pigment evenly and bleach until your hair reaches a light color.
Use a toner after you’ve bleached your hair to reduce the orange discoloration.
Color your hair using a shade that’s close to your natural hair color.
Condition your hair using color-protective hair products.
Visit a salon if you’re having trouble bleaching or coloring your hair or if you’re afraid of hair damage. Hair salons will use professional bleach and hair-color removers, which you may not be able to purchase on your own. After bleaching, the salon can also treat and condition your locks.
There are certain products on the market specially designed to remove dark hair color. If you opt for these items, make sure to read the instructions carefully before starting the process. Some products are designed to color-correct specific problems, such as hair that’s been unevenly colored or hi-lighted hair. Other products wash out all permanent color. These products are meant for color-correction, removing dark pigments or fixing color buildup or uneven coloring.
Regain your hair’s health by eating nutritious foods such as fish with omega-3 fatty acids like salmon; legumes; green, leafy vegetables; nuts; poultry; eggs; and low-fat dairy.
It is difficult to remove black dye completely from hair. It’s best to consult a stylist or to let the color grow out on its own.
Bleaching your hair can weaken your strands and damage your hair. Your hair may become thin and stretchy. This is because bleach peels off your hair’s outer layer, making your strands more fragile.
If you’re not sure whether or not you’re allergic to bleach, consult a stylist before bleaching your strands.
As a full-time writer in New York's Hudson Valley, Lindsay Pietroluongo's nightlife column and photos have appeared regularly in the "Poughkeepsie Journal" since 2007. Additional publications include "Chronogram," the "New Paltz Sojourn," "About Town" newspaper and "Outsider" magazine. Pietroluongo graduated from Marist College with a B.A. in English.