Removing Hair Color
Question: I have recently dyed my dark blonde hair a lighter blonde. I don't like how much upkeep colored hair takes. Is it safe to go to a salon to remove the color? If not, what should I do until it grows out?
Many women hate their hair color once it's dyed, particularly if it becomes high-maintenance to hide dark roots. We asked New York hair color pro Angela Cosmai of Angela Cosmai Salon for some great tips on how to deal with your colored hair.
Rule No. 1: If you've made a mistake with hair color, definitely go to a salon to have it fixed, as using a home treatment could damage your hair. Ask your colorist to use a product with no ammonia and no peroxide to prevent hair damage. A colorist can add highlights or lowlights to improve a bad color and change the look.
If you are growing out color and you don't want to keep re-dyeing your hair at home, there is a product to help cover up the ends. The Beautiful Collection by Clairol (available at beauty specialty stores) is a rinse with no peroxide that will cover the ends while they grow out. Choose a shade closest to the color you want to be (when in doubt always go a shade lighter). Mix half a bottle with shampoo and shampoo hair with the mixture. Leave on 5 to 15 minutes. The color should last three to six weeks.