How to Lighten Hair With a Color Stripper

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Color strippers can lighten your hair and remove almost all the color to give you a fresh palette to work with. Before using the stripper, you must know how to prep your hair or the results won't be satisfying.

Things You'll Need

  • Moisturizing conditioner
  • Hot oil treatment
  • Color Fix
  • Color Zap
  • Water
  • Moisturizing shampoo
  • Use a deep moisturizing conditioner on your hair for at least a week before you strip the color. Color stripping can leave hair dry and brittle. Hot oil treatments can also moisturize and lighten your hair.

  • Use a product, such as Color Fix by Jheri Redding or Color Zap from L'Oreal, to remove the color from your hair.

  • Apply the color stripper. Follow the directions exactly on the box of product you chose. You can mix color strippers with developer or water. Mixing with developer will effectively remove the color but is much more damaging. Try mixing the color stripper with water to control the damage.

  • Consider applying another hair color product after using the stripper. These products often leave hair with a brassy tone that you may not like. Apply a moisturizing conditioner plus a moisturizing shampoo to help repair your hair after stripping.

Tips & Warnings

  • Visit a hairdresser if you are uncomfortable with stripping your hair or if the stripping isn't effective.
  • If you are trying to remove black dye, visit a professional.
  • A hair color professional can use a toner to help neutralize unwanted colors after a color stripping process.
  • Never use bleach on your hair to remove or lighten color. Some old home remedies include mixing bleach with shampoo, but this is never a good idea.

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