Some ladies often like to change their hair color, and some prefer vivid and funky hair colors such as pink, purple, or even green. Now, although these colors look gorgeous on the head, it usually takes a lot of work and effort to maintain the desired color shade.
But what happens when you get tired of those colors and want to go back to your “original” shade without waiting for your hair to grow out naturally?
Suppose you’ve had pink hair for a while, and now you want to get rid of it fast – what should you do? Will bleaching pink hair work? Or should you try another less aggressive method to do it?
Don’t stress it, guys! We’re here to share some interesting tips and tricks – which you should definitely read before attempting anything with your pink hair.
Ready when you are!
Putting Bleach Over My Pink Hair – What Will Happen?
What happens to your hair will be determined by the shade of pink you have currently – and if your natural hair color is blonde or brownish.
We’ve included some more info below to help you understand what occurs when you try to bleach pink hair and how to battle fading pink color in blonde hair.
If Your Natural Hair Is Blonde
If you want to transition from pink to blonde (your natural color), the amount of developer you apply here is crucial.
Some people claimed that they could remove the pink with 40 volume developer and go from pink to blonde with no sign of the pink. That, however, is mainly dependent on the hair dye you apply.
Most of the time, though, getting the pink out of your hair on the first try is not possible.
Nevertheless, to remove the pink out of your hair, you’ll need the following items:
This type of shampoo aids you in eliminating artificial colors from your hair.
How does clarifying shampoo work?
A clarifying shampoo acts as a hair exfoliant, scrubbing away buildup, residues, crud, hard water minerals, and anything else that adheres to the exterior of the hair strands. It helps in the removal of any signs of the color you’ve used.
It can dissolve semi-permanent colorants that coat the hair strands due to its deep cleaning activity and ability to relax the cuticles with a higher pH composition.
It’s just as easy to lighten – or even remove – hair color with a clarifying shampoo as it is with a regular wash. The main difference is that you’ll need a powerful moisturizing conditioner or mask to restore the moisture in your hair.
So, here’s how you do it:
- Apply The Shampoo On Wet Hair
To begin, wet your hair with warm water.
After that, massage a tiny bit of shampoo into a nice foam. Use a considerable amount if the color is particularly intense.
Massage the shampoo into your hair.
- Use A Plastic Cap
Place a plastic cap – make sure all your hair’s inside – and let it sit for 10 minutes after your hair’s been drenched with the clarifying shampoo.
This procedure – like the baggy method – produces concentrated steam that gently lifts the cuticles and dissolves the colors of your strands.
- Rinse It
Begin rinsing the shampoo out – and continue doing so until the water runs clear.
- Put A Moisturizing Mask
A clarifying shampoo lifts the cuticles and flushes off buildup, residues, and color pigments with a higher pH solution.
If not followed with a rich nourishing conditioner to reduce the pH and seal the cuticles, this technique can leave hair feeling dry and frizzy.
- Repeat The Process
Repeat the technique a few times over a week. It will lighten your hair progressively until the color vanishes altogether.
Note: Remember to get clarifying shampoo rather than lightening shampoo since the two are not interchangeable.
Color Stripping Product
You can also use a color stripping product if you prefer it over clarifying shampoo.
Here are the steps:
- Prepare the color removal combination according to the directions while wearing protective gloves and keeping the windows open – because these items are rather smelly!
- You should mix the solution in a non-metallic basin and blend it using a spoon or a tint brush. Also, be sure you whisk it for at least thirty seconds to mix the ingredients thoroughly.
- You may now apply the mixture to your hair. If your hair is long, separate it into four sections and apply the mixture to each. Brush each area to disperse the product.
- Put on a dry shower cap and wait at least one hour for the solution to work. You’ll be able to keep the solution from drying out on your tresses if you do it this way.
- Finally, shampoo and rinse your hair a couple of times to entirely remove the pink color and any remaining color-stripping product residue.
Bleaching is tough on our hair, and you should be very careful if you do it yourself at home and not in a professional hair salon. Follow the procedure below, and don’t leave the bleach for too long. Otherwise, you’ll damage your hair irreversibly.
- In a mixing basin, combine 1 part bleach powder and 1 part developer. If you don’t want the bleach to touch your skin, put on some protective gloves. Using a tint brush or a non-metallic spoon, stir the mixture until all components are fully dissolved. Make sure there are no clumps of bleach powder in the solution!
- To make your “potion,” add one or two tablespoons of shampoo and carefully mix everything. Then, working from the bottom to the top, apply the mixture to your hair. We recommend using a tint brush to simplify the procedure and ensure that the product is uniformly distributed.
- Now cover your head with a dry shower hat and let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes. A standard plastic wrap will also work!
- Finally, rinse your hair until no frothy suds appear. Use warm water to remove the shampoo and color.
Read Also: How Long Does Bleached Hair Last?
A Green Toner
It’s critical to apply a green toner after bleaching your hair. Green toner will balance the tones in your bleached hair, so you may use it while your hair is still a tad pink.
If you’re going to apply green toner, you’ll have to pair it with a 20 volume developer.
Wash your hair with green toning shampoo to prevent the pink hues from reappearing. Pink could be canceled out with mild shades of green, according to the color wheel.
The deeper the pink, the darker the green you should apply.
While the objective is to get rid of pink, the green toner and shampoo will mask any pink tones that remain after clarifying shampoo and bleach.
All of these materials are readily available at a salon, where you may also get guidance if you have any more questions.
Related Read: How Long To Leave Bleach In Hair 30 Vol?
If You Have Other/Darker Hair Color
If you want to get rid of your pink hair and go for brown or a hue near your natural hair color, you won’t have to bleach it as much as you would with blonde hair. You could even dye your hair using hair color to restore the appearance of your hair.
To transition from pink to brown, use the following:
- Hair Dye
Get the desired color of hair dye. If you don’t know which color you want to dye your hair in, you can always seek guidance from someone who works at a local hair dye store.
You may also buy a variety of colors and try them out on a few strands of hair.
- 10 Volume Developer
You’ll require a 10 volume developer. For permanent and no-lift hair color, this is a standard oxidizing level. It’ll aid in the opening of the hair cuticle, allowing the hair color to penetrate.
- Mix The Color
In a cup, mix the hair dye and the 10 volume developer until thoroughly combined. In most cases, the mixing ratio is something around 1:1, 1:1,5, or 1:2. (for an extra-strong lightening effect). In this scenario, 1 part hair dye and 1 part developer should suffice (1:1).
- Detangle And Divide Hair
Brushing your hair if it is tangled is perhaps a small step, but it can be helpful. Make sure everything is detangled so you can apply the hair dye evenly in the next step.
Begin at the back of your head and work your way to the top, dividing your hair into parts. After you’ve finished, double-check that you’ve covered everything!
- Let It Sit And Rinse
It’s time to let the hair dye work its magic after you’ve applied the mixture to your hair. Set a timer for 30 minutes and binge-watch something!
That said, please refer to the instructions on the box of your hair dye to determine how long you should keep it in. Perhaps it’s more or less than 30 minutes.
Lastly, rinse your hair thoroughly with shampoo and follow it up with a moisturizing mask or your go-to conditioner.
Related Read: What Happens If You Put Too Much Developer In Hair Dye?
How To Remove Pink Color Without Bleaching Your Hair?
Here are some of the non-invasive methods to lift out that pink hue:
Vitamin C Mixture
- 2-3 tablets of vitamin C
- Warm water
Here are the steps:
- If you don’t want your skin to get dry or irritated, put on a pair of gloves before handling the acidic vitamin C.
- To make a fine powder, crush a vitamin C pill (1000mg) with a pestle, place it in a sealable bag, and smash it with a rolling pin until powdered.
- Mix the powder with the shampoo of your choice. If you have longer hair, double the amount of vitamin C and shampoo.
- Wet your hair and massage the mixture into it.
- Allow the mixture to sit on your hair for up to one hour. This way, the vitamin C will penetrate deep into your hair and lift the pigment.
- Rinse the mixture and apply the moisturizing mask or a conditioner.
Bleaching Pink Hair: Final Thoughts
Hopefully, by now, you understand what to expect when you bleach your pink hair.
You may use these procedures to get rid of your pink hair, and you’ll know how to color over it if you wish to go back to a brown – or any other lighter/deeper hue.
Also, bear in mind that you shouldn’t do these things in haste. It’s better to plan ahead, study up on what you need to know, and then get down to business.
You want good outcomes, not ones that will need to be fixed in the hair salon.