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How to strip artificial color from your hair without any damage!

Updated: Oct 23, 2020

My wedding day!

I have probably been one of the few hairdressers on the planet who haven't had a slough of wild and crazy hair colors. I had gone to someone other than my Aunt Kathy one time because I wanted neon red highlights, my hair fell out, never grew back the same, and I have been terrified to do anything with it since. Well, I got bored with it last year and wanted to have some fun! (I also cut about 13 inches off!)

I have dark hair so I knew I would have to bleach it and then wait a while and I knew it was going to be a process. It was going to take my time and I decided to have fun along the way.

My first attempt at something fun. Color done by Salon Rouge Spa!

I started out with black and did lot of mermaid peak-a-boos. It was gorgeous and lasted for a lot longer than I expected. When it finally started to look gross I decided to do an all over vivid blue. That was probably my favorite and something I plan on doing again.

It was dark blue in the dark spots and then a brighter blue where I had my highlights.

Navy Blue hair. My FAV!

Around last November, I wanted to switch from navy blue to a violet red pink color. We bleached my whole head and surprisingly got a really good color out of it. I LOVED IT and kept it for about 7 months before attempting to go silver.

I knew I had to get it all out of my system because once I went back to my natural dark, it was going to be exhausting trying to go back lighter.

So, here was my dilemma....

I was currently the red violet pink color and had already bleached my hair twice throughout the process and I only have about 41/2 strands of hair. So, how do I get rid of the red in order to go silver without having to shave my head and buy a wig???

I read article after article and review after review. It was confusing and I still wasn't sure who was right and who was wrong. Some of these women didn't even seem like they had tried it because the formulas they were suggesting were recipes I would NEVER, as a professional, recommend.

After a week of research, days of trial and error, making a huge mess in my kitchen and 3 bottles of Vitamin C tabs later, I have an effective recipe for stripping hair. Whew!

(I have linked everything right here for you to purchase. Just click on the product name and you wont have to go searching for the right products!)

  • Put several Vitamin C tablets in a Ziploc and crush with a hammer until you have a really good powder

  • Mix with head and shoulders until pasty

  • Coat your hair evenly throughout (it will not strip natural pigment only deposited color)

  • Leave on for 45 minutes you can do this as many times as you want, but your hair will be very dry. Make sure you condition it and do a moisture mask! My FAV moisture mask is organic coconut oil from the grocery store (cooking isle)!

Good luck! Feel free to reach out to me for any questions, or to let me know how yours turned out!!!

When I finally got charcoal hair

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