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« on: June 02, 2005 03:20:45 AM »

Besides stripping and bleaching, are there ways to remove black hair dye from your hair? Even partially is fine. I dyed y hair black for over a year. The last time I dyed it was back in February. My wedding is in December and I'd like to have it out now. Normally my hair grows super quickly and hair dye wears out fast. But in almost 4 months only a small amount has worn out. I had originally planned to leave the dye in (I like it a lot). But my fiance requested that I walk down the aisle with as close to my natural hair as possible. Considering he has not said a word about any of my dramatic changes in the last 6 years, I figured I could honor his one request =) I heard about something called ColorFix. Has anyone used it? What did you think of it?

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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2005 03:25:36 AM »

Black is tough! We nearly ruined my daughter's hair getting it out!
If you remember the brand you used, go get the phone number for their help line off the box and call and see what they recommend.

Good luck. Sounds like you have a fantastic fiance!
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2005 04:19:35 AM »


good luck w/ that black - a middle of the night "great idea" turned into 2 years of black hair for me (i had really long hair).

i did 2 things to get rid of it - 1, a hairdresser recommended prell shampoo - it's pretty cheap and strong, it kinda strips your hair (which would never make me want to use it under normal circumstances) that seemed to speed up the removal process,

 but eventually i went and bought one of the bleaching kits that comes w/ those brightly colored dyes they sell for hair, manic panic stuff, ya know?  only problem is then you have to dye your hair to get it close to your old natural color, so it still won't be completely au natural, but you won't choose black again.
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2005 01:59:46 PM »

Wow I remember Prell. My mom used to buy it because it was relatively cheap lol It always did terrible things to her hair. Now I know why. I'll try that.

It doesn't need to be removed completely. The color just needs to be lessened. My hair was dirty blonde but darkened to brown when I got older. So if I can just get some of the blac to wear out I'll be more than happy.

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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2005 02:03:25 PM »

I used that color fix stuff, and it did pretty good, depending on how long your hair is, theres enough for a few aplications, and it doesnt destroy your hair.
black is HARD to get out, Id go to a salon if you want it to look good/presentable.
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« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2005 08:33:31 AM »

I've been going back and forth from fire-engine red to blue-black for several years now, and let me tell you, biting the bullet and getting it done professionally is the only reason I have a single hair left on my head.  Black, especially DIY black, is every colorist's nightmare (among other reasons, people tend to apply it all over their head when they touch it up, which leads to nasty buildup--not that I'd know anything about that :p). 
Since it is for your wedding, you might consider just going the professional route.  Just letting it fade is going to give you a kind of weird 'halo' effect where the top of your head is natural and the ends are black.  And Prell is so gnarly--make sure you condition really, really well or your hair will feel like straw Sad
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« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2005 01:05:03 PM »

Thank you everyone!

I may just have to bite the bullet as you said and pay the fees. If I have it done professionally would I get it stripped or just bleached?

Also if I have to get it stripped, what would you recommend that I do to make it healthy again?

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« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2005 01:08:05 PM »

I did my hair black once and hated it. I had it professionally removed. I went to a reputable salon and they added bleach-stuff with conditioner and it lifted several shades, then I had them color it. My hair wasn't fried at all, and I was relieved to get rid of the black. I highly recommend you go to a good salon and don't try to do it yourself.
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« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2005 06:03:36 PM »

If I have it done professionally would I get it stripped or just bleached?

Also if I have to get it stripped, what would you recommend that I do to make it healthy again?

They'll use a color remover of some sort (well, I should say, that's what they do to me) to coax out the black.  Whether they bleach it depends on the color that remains, and the color you're aiming to get. 

As for aftercare, don't wash your hair very often (I only wash mine once a week; if it gets greasy I rinse it with plain water, flatiron it, or use hair powder), don't overdo the heat styling, and keep it moisturized.  I'm not one to use fancypants products as a rule, but my hair is **so compromised** that I use the new Bumble+Bumble Damage Therapy line.  It's really spendy (but my best friend does hair, so I get a price break!).  It really, truly, is worth every single penny--my hair feels brand new, and I've had no breakage to speak of since stripping out blue-black and putting in red highlights.  I love it and highly recommend it.  If you don't want to kick down tons of money, use a gentle shampoo from the drugstore or whatever, but invest in a really great conditioner.  I did that for years Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2005 05:58:52 AM »

Honestly, since this is for your wedding, I'd go ahead and splurge and get it done professionally.   I attempted to bleach black out of my hair myself and ended up with black with orange stripes because it didn't "take" evenly.  It actually looked pretty damn cool, but was SO not the effect I was going for.  LOL   Also, according to my hair knowledgeable friends, it's extremely difficult to bleach out black dye, and you definitely can't dye over it.  You pretty much have to use a dye-remover, whether you get a kit from Walmart or Sallys, or go to the salon.

If you are just going for a medium to dark brown color, it may only take one application of color remover at the salon, then they'll dye over it.  It shouldn't fry your hair too badly.   I was going for blonde, so they had to use 2 applications of dye remover, and my hair still isn't totally strawlike.   It's definitely dryer and more fragile than before, but not awful.

When my hair isn't too dry, I actually don't use regular shampoo at all.  I clean my scalp with baking soda and rinse my hair with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.   Works great!  And depending on how greasy your hair gets, you can do it as little as once a week.   Right now, I'm trying to pour in the moisture, so I'm using Catwalk Oatmeal and Honey shampoo and conditioner, and when I remember, a leave in treatment called Anti-Snap by Redken.
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