Beauty Q and A Hair - Q and A — 03 October 2012
Beauty Q & A: Undo that Hair Colour Regret with a Safe Hair Colour Remover

Question: I usually colour my hair the same dark brown shade in autumn. So I didn’t do a strand test. Instead of chestnut brown, my hair came out almost black!  And I hate it. What’s worse, my hairdresser is away on holiday. Is there a hair colour remover that just removes permanent hair colour so I can get my original shade back?
–Tanya, Manchester

Answer: Colour B4. Hair Colour Remover regular strength, £9.99, is perfect for serious hair colour beauty blunders. It removes permanent hair colour safely without using ammonia and bleach and without damaging your hair. So all you’re left with is the natural shade you started with. How’s that for undoing those hair colour don’ts?

Colour B4. Hair Colour Remover works by shrinking the hair-colouring molecules, making them easy to wash away. But it doesn’t touch the hair’s natural pigment. So because you coloured your hair darker, you’ll get back your original shade.  And before you start to remove the permanent hair colour with Colour B4, make sure to do a patch test to see the results and for allergies (and do a colour patch test if you decide to dye it again).

However, for hair that’s coloured a lighter shade, that’s a bit trickier. Colour B4 will remove permanent hair colour but the hair won’t return to its original shade because it’s been chemically lightened. After using the hair colour remover, the best thing to do to get your original colour back is to buy a dye close to your hue, but go one shade lighter for a natural look.

Colour B4. Hair Colour Remover is available in store at: Boots, Superdrug, Sainbury’s, Tesco, select stores and online. (And it also comes in an Extra Strength version, £11.99.)

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