Perhaps a rash decision to color your hair green did not turn out quite as expected or maybe you are simply looking for a change. Whatever your situation, we have 5 easy suggestions on how you can remove green hair dye and get back to the color you want.
Green hair dye, even semi-permanent green hair dye is notoriously difficult to remove, but it can be done. There are a few methods you can try, including stripping the green dye with shampoo, stripping green dye with vitamin C, using household products like dish soap or bath salts, or fade the color by exposing your hair to sunlight or chlorinated water.
Semi Permanent Vs Permanent Green Hair Dye
To understand how green hair dye works, we need to know a little about the makeup of our hair.
It is comprised of the medulla (core of the hair), the cortex (thickest part of the hair) and the cuticle (protects the cortex and the medulla).
The cortex contains melanin which is what determines the color of the hair. You can dye your hair by adding artificial pigment. Hair dyes can be temporary, permanent, or semi-permanent.
Temporary hair dyes work when large color molecules enter the gaps between the cuticles of hair and coat the hair’s surface.
There is neither ammonia nor peroxide in a dye like this. It can last up to 8 washes and fades quite quickly.
Semi Permanent Hair Dye
When using a semi-permanent hair dye, small color molecules work their way into each hair cuticle and get into the edge of the hair’s cortex.
There is no ammonia in this one either, however, there is some peroxide in the formula. Often used to boosted shine and revive the color, semi-permanent dye allows tone to be added and covers grays.
Usually, it lasts about 28 washes and fades gradually.
Permanent Hair Dye
Permanent hair dyes work when small color molecules penetrate each cuticle of the hair and enter the cortex.
They react with the melanin and keratin in your hair causing a change in structure resulting in long-lasting color. The majority of formulas tend to contain ammonia and peroxide.
Permanent shades can lighten the hair, add tone and cover all grays. This type of dye may fade a little but never washes out.
Green hair dye, either permanent or semi-permanent, is one of the most notoriously challenging dyes to get out of your hair. In fact, some people are of the opinion that there is no such thing as a semi-permanent green hair dye.
Like purple and blue, green hair dye has a large number of pigments that cause a lot of cuticle staining which is what makes it so difficult to remove.
Cuticle staining means that the outside of the hair shaft has become stained permanently with a color. At this point, color remover won’t work, and bleach for hair will only succeed in lifting the shade underneath, not the staining.
The shade of green also needs to be factored in: getting rid of a dark green hair dye is much trickier than getting rid of a pastel green hair dye.
Also Read: How To Get Rid of Hair Dye Smell (7 Ways)
Do I Need Bleach To Remove Green Hair Dye?
Bleaching hair that has been dyed green is an option, but it depends on what you want the outcome to be.
If you want to dye your hair a very light color or to go back to blonde, you will need to bleach your hair. Use a 20 volume developer in this process.
Follow our step- by- step instructions below for this method of green hair dye removal.
You will need:
- 20 volume developer
- Bleach powder
- Coconut oil
- Dye brush
1.Separate your hair into 4 sections and pin each section back.
2.Mix the 20 volume developer with the bleach powder in a plastic container- add about 10 drops of coconut oil to the mixture to give your hair some protection.
3.Put on your gloves and use the dye brush to apply the mixture evenly through the sections of your hair. Start at the end of each section and work the mixture through to your roots.
4.Leave the mixture to work for about 10-20 minutes, checking on it regularly at 5 minute intervals.
5.Using cool water, rinse your hair thoroughly ensuring there is no residual mixture left in your hair.
Note: Make sure you’re using an unopened bottle of developer and that it hasn’t expired.
5 ways to Remove Green Hair Dye
The methods suggested below are most effective on semi-permanent green hair dye. However, they can work on permanent green hair dye also, it will just take longer to be effective.
Shampoo (Best For Semi-permanent Dye)
Clarifying shampoo can be an effective way of fading semi-permanent hair dyes.
It may not have such an effect on a permanent hair dye, but it could go some way to fading it-it’ll just take longer.
You’ll need to use a clarifying shampoo which is not recommended for use on dyed hair- this will help strip the dyed color from your hair.
It is also recommended that you add baking soda to the shampoo as this acts as a natural bleaching agent and so can help strip the color faster.
You will need:
- Clarifying shampoo
- Baking soda
- Plastic hair clip
- Plastic shower cap
- Plastic dish
- In the plastic dish, mix the clarifying shampoo with the baking soda.
- Wet your hair thoroughly using hot water- as hot as you can manage as this opens the hair follicles and cuticles which makes them more receptive to being stripped of color.
- Pour about a quarter size amount of the shampoo mixture into your hand then rub it through the hair getting a good lather. Give your hair and head a good scrub ensuring the shampoo coats all the hair. Squeeze off excess suds which should be the color of the dye you are washing out.
Next, clip your hair up. Place an old towel around your neck and shoulders as the shampoo and dye will run.
- Place a plastic shower cap on your head, making sure it is fitted securely. If you don’t have one, use a plastic bag and secure with a clip.
- Now use a hair dryer to heat the hair. Keep moving the heat blast around and don’t let it stay on one spot too long. The heat will give the shampoo and little nudge to help the color stripping process.
- Leave it to work for 15-20 minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Then do two more shampoo, lather and rinse sequences. At the final rinse, hopefully, there should only be a hint of hair dye in the water as you rinse.
- Next apply conditioner over the whole head. Massage it in thoroughly then clip the hair up.
- Apply heat using a hair dryer until the hair is quite dry but not fully dry. Wait for approximately 25- 30 minutes.
- Rinse the conditioner out using cool water then finish with a blast of very cold water to close the cuticles. This will help your hair hold onto the moisture and nutrients it needs from the conditioner.
The hair dye should be quite faded by now. If you need to repeat the process, let the hair rest first for a day or so then repeat.
Aswell as the suggestion above, a fuss free way to hurry along the fading of your green hair dye is to wash your hair daily with anti-dandruff shampoo.
This contains more sulfates than other shampoos which is why it helps the process along.
Vitamin C (works on permanent and semi-permanent dye)
Vitamin C is an acid which enables it with the scouring strength required to get into the dye molecules, causing them to loosen their grip on your hair.
You will need:
- 10 vitamin C tablets
- Plastic clip
- Plastic shower cap
- Plastic bowl
- Dish soap Conditioner
- Crush the vitamin C tablets using the back of the spoon and place them in the bowl. Add a generous dollop of shampoo and mix well until there are no lumps. At this point you may want to add a little dish soap to further boost the lifting power.
- Use warm water to wet the hair then apply the shampoo mixture. Lather it up, ensuring you have covered from root to tip.
- Clip your hair up and cover in the plastic shower cap. Put the towel around your shoulders to absorb any drips.
- Leave the mixture to work in your hair for approximately 45 minutes.
- Then rinse your hair thoroughly and add conditioner.
You can repeat the process if the color isn’t as faded as you’d like.
1.Run a bath and add some bath salts then give your hair a long soak in the tub. This should fade the hair dye significantly.
2. Then shampoo and condition your hair.
3.Repeat the process again in a few days if you want to fade it further.
- Mix 5 drops of dish soap with a quarter size amount of shampoo.
- Wet the hair and lather it up using the shampoo mixture.
- Leave it to work for ten minutes then wash out. Condition after.
Sun Fading/ Pool Fading
Green hair dye can fade slightly when exposed to sunlight. Make sure you take precautions for your skin and don’t expose your hair for too long. Combine this with going swimming in chlorinated water and the fading process will be enhanced.
The main thing about looking after hair after the above treatments is to focus on restoring the lost moisture and taking care of its fragile state.
Use Intense Conditioner
You need something more heavy handed than regular conditioner. An intense conditioner can go some way to replenish and nurture your damaged overwrought hair.
Weekly Deep Conditioning
Once a week, help to restore your hair’s health by giving it an overnight conditioning treatment. This could be a formulated product, or you could try coconut oil.
Cut Your Hair
You might need to bite the bullet and get the chop- it may be the only solution for those dead ends.
Avoid Heat Styling
Avoid for a few weeks after the color stripping process to give your hair time to strengthen and rejuvenate.
So, although green hair dye can prove tricky to remove, with a little time and patience, there are a quite a few options out there to try. Just remember to give your hair some well-deserved love afterwards.
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