Getting a new shade of color put in your hair doesn’t always turn out the way you hope. There’s nothing worse than hating the new dye job you spent money and time on. But there is a solution to get the color out of your hair so you can get back to your natural shade. This process is called hair stripping and while it may sound like just the thing for you, it is wise to know how it works.
So what exactly is hair stripping? Also known as color correction, this process is sought out for those who have dyed their hair a different color or shade but wish to get back to their natural color. Hair stripping works almost the same way bleaching does, except the products used in the process are much more intense. The bleaching product used in hair stripping makes the hair more porous (spacious) by raising the sulphite levels, which allows the color to be removed.
Depending on the color you’ve dyed your hair and the natural color you’re trying to get back to, hair stripping can take multiple sessions in order to strip the color completely. Natural blondes who have dyed their hair black, dark brown or red are often the most difficult to strip. For the punk-rocker chicks out there, blue and purple hair shades are also difficult to strip out. After a hair stripping session, the hair typically becomes an ashy blonde or auburn color. Depending on the color you are trying to get back to, the stylist may add other dyes to achieve the correct shade.
Before committing to the hair stripping process, you may want to try regular bleaching first and then allowing your hair to grow out to its natural shade. If that hasn’t worked, then make sure to choose a hair stylist who specializes in color correction. Once you’ve found a stylist to work with, have him/her examine your hair and explain the history of your hair, including the types of dyes and colors you’ve put in and how long ago your last dye job was. This will help the stylist determine how much work needs to be done in order to remove the color without causing too much harm to your hair.
Hair stripping is seen as harmful on the hair because of the intense products used. Multiple sessions also put more chemicals and stress on the hair. Because the chemicals used in this process eat away at the hair’s cortex and cuticle, allowing the color to be absorbed from the hair’s center (also called the medula), this can make the hair very weak. The most common problems experienced after a hair stripping treatment include excessive dryness and breakage. If you decide to go through with the hair stripping process, be prepared for excessive hair conditioning and deep conditioning treatments. This is vital in keeping the hair healthy and repairing any damage.
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