The Best Hair Colour Removers To Undo Hue Mishaps (And How You Should Use Them)

Say ‘bye bye’ to bad dye jobs.

For some, it’s a trip to the salon gone wrong. For others, it’s a reckless DIY decision that should have remained a fantasy. Either way, there’s nothing more disheartening than a bad dye job.

But rather than commit to a gruelling month or even year long wait for complete regrowth—or impatiently pop Vitamin E supplements—there might be a solution.

Enter: hair colour remover.

Essentially, hair colour removers do the nitty-gritty, coming in and stripping away any unwanted dye. While, no, they might not be able to completely farewell a colour out of your mane, they can certainly do an impressive job toning it down.

Of course, you could always head to a professional for a salon-quality removal or correction, but many opt to take it into their own hands.

Thankfully, the process of bidding adieu to an unwanted hue doesn’t have to feel as daunting as it seems.

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Hair colour remover
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How To Use A Hair Colour Remover

First, make sure you’re opting for a hair colour remover with a more gentle, moisturising quality that is free from bleach and ammonia. Your hair is already damaged from the colouring process, there’s no need to put it through even more stress.

With your remover in hand, wash your locks with a clarifying shampoo to say goodbye to any excess hair dye and to give your remover the best chance at success. Sticking to the instructions of your specific hair colour remover, try applying the product to the ends of your strands first. When it comes to your ends, they’re porous in nature, so they’ll tend to stubbornly grip onto colour.

An obvious tip, keep an eye on how you distribute the product in your hair. If you don’t make sure you’ve applied the product evenly, you’ll end up with a streaky result. Once you’ve stripped the colour back, go in with a hydrating and moisturising hair mask to give your tresses the well-earned drink they need.

Below, find out which products you should add to your beauty shelf for a salon-quality finish.

Hair colour remover
Hair colour remover

Decolour Stripper Hair Colour Stripper by Scott Cornwall, $24.99 at Priceline.

Hair colour remover

Colourless Hair Colour Remover Max Condition by Colourless, $26.99 at Priceline.

Hair colour remover

Hair Colour Stain Remover by 1000 Hour, $6.99 at Priceline.

Hair Colour Remover

Colour Off Hair Colour Remover by Vitality, $17.39 at Chemist Warehouse.

Hair Colour Remover

Colorista Hair Colour Remover by L’Oréal Paris, $13 at Chemist Warehouse.

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