What should we look for in a hair color remover?
Cassie Siskovic, in total Alfaparf Milano Professional says the first step to figuring out what hair color remover to use is understanding the type of color you need to bleach. “You can figure this out by thinking about your hair color history and then making a decision with this,” she says.
Before continuing to bleach your hair at home, Siskovic recommends thinking about the following:
- If you have used powder hair conditioner for your highlights/lighter hair.
- If you used a color/color get darker than you expected.
- If you have dyed your hair for years and want a change.
If you belong to example one or two, you can remove your hair color with cleansing shampoo. “Typically, in these cases, the outer layer of hair (cuticle) has opened up because your hair has been bleached or colored,” she adds. Since the cuticle is open, the color you want to remove has a chance to come out easily.
If you’re in Example 3, lightening your hair won’t discolor your hair. “The more you match your hair color, whether it’s the same color or if you change it up, the more dyed or pigmented your hair becomes,” explains Siskovic. At that point, your best option might be to go to a salon.
What should we avoid?
Siskovic recommends avoiding using any chemicals, bleaches, dish soaps, and detergents at home. “You’ve seen horror videos on TikTok of people pulling their hair out because of damage – we deserve it better,” she said. It’s best to try a safer method, such as using a cleansing shampoo or going to a salon you trust.