How to Get My Regular Light Brown Hair Back After Dyeing It Black

Some types of hair color contain chemicals that alter your natural hair pigment. You can use a hair color remover to get your regular light brown hair back after dying it black. You won’t always be able to restore your natural hair color. If you used hair lighteners before you dyed your hair, the color remover will only get rid of the dye. Your hair will be the lightened color. Several hair color removers are available at beauty supply stores, including L’Oreal Color Zap Haircolor Remover, One ‘N Only ColorFix and Color Oops Hair Color Remover.

Things You'll Need

  • Comb
  • Hair clips
  • Rubber gloves
  • Hair color remover


    • 1

      Use a comb to part your hair into several sections. Fasten each section in place using hair clips. Each section should be small enough so you can apply the hair color remover thoroughly. If your hair is especially long or thick, you need to divide it into more sections.

    • 2

      Mix the hair color remover according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Wear rubber gloves and use the applicator that comes with the hair color remover.

    • 3

      Apply the hair color remover to your hair one section at a time along the length of your hair from the roots to the ends. Use your fingers to work the color remover in so that it reaches every part of your hair.

    • 4

      Allow the color remover to remain in your hair while it chemically processes your hair. The time required varies according to the brand you use, so follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Most of the time you need to wait about 20 minutes.

    • 5

      Rinse your hair with warm water to remove the hair dye and color remover. It is important to be thorough when you rinse you hair. Again, follow the directions regarding water temperature and the time you should spend rinsing.

    • 6

      Dry your hair and examine it for any remaining traces of the hair dye. Depending on the type of hair you have and the hair dye used, you may need to repeat the steps to remove all of the hair dye.

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