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    How badly will having black hair dye stripped out damage my hair?

    Asked Apr 15, 2007, 06:21 PM 24 Answers
    I recently dyed my naturally dark brown hair a bright black colour, and I am not very pleased with it at all. I know that stripping the colour on my own would seriously damage my hair (something I would like to avoid, as I have just finished growing out/cutting off some very damaged hair), but if I go to a salon to have the colour stripped, how badly will that damage my hair? Is it really that much better for your hair? I won't be ale to afford to go for a couple more weeks yet, will it be too late to have a less damaging procedure by then? Also, I flat iron my hair several times a week, will that "set" the colour and make it more difficult to remove? Sorry if these sound like silly questions, but I honestly don't know.

    I'm supposed to start looking for an internship soon so I can graduate from college next year, and I don't want to be going to interviews with roots one colour and lengths another, otherwise I'd just let it grow out and maybe try to minimize the appearance of the new growth. I know that anything will damage my hair further, I'm just afraid of doing too much, as I just finished growing out some hair that had been bleached one too many times, and I don't want to have to deal with that again.

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    Apr 16, 2007, 07:14 PM
    Bleaching or stripping may result in some level of damage to the cuticle. Depending on a variety of factors, the potential damage can range from slight to severe. If you want to strip your hair, I recommend that you go to a salon to remove the black color from your hair. They have professional hair color removal products that they can use to remove the unwanted color and re-color your hair without causing severe damage. As for your other question, flat irons does not set hair color or make it harder to remove.
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    Jun 9, 2007, 11:06 PM
    It may damage your hair some but it depends on the person and not likely a lot if any. Look at actresses who dye there hair VERY frequently and have very healthy hair. Just don't dye it every week like some people and you should be fine! I have dyed my hair one color and not liked it and went and had it dyed back to the original color and it did absolutely NO damage to my hair. I find that if you get it done in the salon it looks much better and doesn't do any damage but if you do it at home it may be frizzier and have a little damage. That being said when I was younger I decided to let my blonde hair grow out naturally to its dirty brown and it looked so tacky when it got half way out. People kept saying why don't I dye it back blonde or my original color because if you dye it the original color it will grow out and not look noticeable. Anyway I wish that I would have done that because I have tons of pictures that are so ugly of my top part being brown and my bottum being blonde from when I was younger. It also takes a LONG time to grow out also. My recommendation is to go and have it dyed back to the original color and have some tips cut off also and it will not do any damage. I go to a very classy salon and they always recommend when putting color on hair to trim it a little, at least a quarter of an inch and longer if you want and this does protect the hair from damaging. Buy some good quality hair salon shampoo and conditioner, conditioner is very important and your hair should be the same as before you had it dyed. The only concern is with dead hair is people that dye there's constantly and a lot of people do. My mom used to dye her own hair and instead of doing the roots when an inch would grow out she would basically dye her whole hair because she really didn't know what she was doing. Again that being said my mom did this for about a year and her hair STILL has the same texture but I am sure if she would have kept doing it that it would have killed her hair and thinned it also. I have another friend that loves to dye her hair and highlight it different colors often, about 3-4 times a year and her hair is so healthy also, just don't dye it constantly and your hair should be fine!
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    Jun 12, 2007, 12:09 PM
    I've bleached my hair since age 14 (now I am 24) about once every 2-3 months. Never had a problem cuticle-wise (that I can see yet), but it does make the texture of the hair kind of unpleasant. It doesn't matter to me, as I like the bed-head look.

    Not sure if "stripping" is the same as bleaching...
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    Sep 18, 2007, 06:57 AM
    Hi, my hair was accidentally dyed half black and brown at a salon. I had to get the black stripped which I was quite worried about as I heard it really damaged your hair however an at home hair dresser used effasor a hair remover on my hair(today actually) and all the black is gone! And my hair is actually in really great condition, I never even had to cut it. However my hair is slighty golden/auburn colour now but easy to dye over. I hope this helps you because I was in the same situation as you but my hair is not damaged at all.
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    Sep 23, 2007, 08:04 AM
    You could try and fade it naturally first by mixing a twice as much shampoo (a strong one for clarifying hair or getting rid of dandruff) with one part baking powder into a paste, apply this to hair and leave on for around 20 minutes then rinse off well and condition. Wash your hair more frequently, go out in the sun as possible, this should help fade it a bit so you might be able to colour over it or it may even fade ut completely. Hope this helps
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    Oct 30, 2007, 07:32 PM
    Hi s4llyc. I was just wondering, do u mean baking powder or baking soda?
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    Dec 2, 2007, 08:14 PM
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    Quote Originally Posted by PrettyLady View Post
    Bleaching or stripping may result in some level of damage to the cuticle. Depending on a variety of factors, the potential damage can range from slight to severe. If you want to strip your hair, I recommend that you go to a salon to remove the black color from your hair. They have professional hair color removal products that they can use to remove the unwanted color and re-color your hair without causing severe damage. As for your other question, flat irons does not set hair color or make it harder to remove.
    It helped me a lot
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    Aug 5, 2009, 09:34 AM
    Bicarbonate (baking soda)
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    Aug 7, 2009, 02:44 PM

    Hey Everyone I really need help too. So does anyone know how I can get my black off so that I can put burgendy as my hair color? I would really appreciate it if someone helps me ASAP.

    + I Cant Afford To Go To A Salon To get It Done... So Please Anyone help... Ok.. I Really Have To get It Done
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