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Experimenting with your hair color can sometimes lead to unwanted results. Especially if you painted your hair with a permanent dye, much too dark than the colour you had. After the age of 30 many women also decide to leave the black hair color in the past, as it underlines the traces that aging is leaving on our faces.
Switching to lighter hair color, especially if you have colored your hair for a long time black can be quite a challange and very damaging to your hair.
First let’s take a look at the structure of our hair.
Each strand of hair is made up of the medulla, cortex, and cuticle. Cortex is the highly structural and organized middle layer of the hair, which is the primary source of strength and water uptake. It contains melanin, which colors the hair.
When you color your hair permanently, ammonia and developer work together to change your natural hair colour. Amonia opens the outer cuticle layer, so that the developer together with the color molecules can penetrate into the cortex. Once color molecules have reached the cortex, there occurs a chemical reaction that binds them together into larger molecules, which are too big to be washed away. And every time you add a new layer of hair color these molecules get bigger and it is more difficult to be removed.
There are solutions on the market for removing dark hair color, like hair bleaching kits or hair color removers but both are not advisable to use.
Hair bleaching damages your hair irreparably and after that you have to use expensive hair masks and conditioners, if you want to see it in its full shine and strength again.
About hair color removers many say that they are a good solution, as they don’t damage the hair, but they contain Rongalite (sodium oxymethylene sulfoxylate) – a compound used originally as industrial bleaching agent and as a reducing agent for vat dyeing. Despite the generation of formaldehyde in it, which is a known human carcinogen it is being used in the hair color removers and is listed at the second place in the ingredients list of the Activator in the hair color remover.
However there is a completely natural and not damaging your hair way to get rid of unwanted darker hair color. It’s effect is not as fast as with bleaching, but is close to the hair color removal. This natural remedy is actually also contained in the hair color remover – citric acid.
Citric acid occurs naturally in citrus fruits. Lemon and lime have one of highest concentration levels of it – about 47 gram per litre. Applied to the hair, citric acid opens the cuticle and helps unbind the color molecules, formed in the cortex during the hair coloring. Vitamin C tablets are also a source of citric acid, so you can use them as well for removing the unwanted hair color.
Another ingredient, that works together with the citric acid is coconut oil. It has high affinity for hair proteins and, because of its low molecular weight and straight linear chain, is able to penetrate better inside the cortex.
Natural hair color remover solution
Make a mixture of lemon juice or crushed Vitamin C tablets and warm coconut oil and apply it on dry hair. Spread it evenly on your hair and then cover with plastic wrap or shower cap. Let it act about 60 minutes. After that rinse your hair for 10 minutes under hot water, then wash it with normal shampoo.
The citric acid in this natural solution breaks the color molecules, formed in the cortex and the coconut oil helps it penetrate better in the hair strand. As it is also warm, this speeds up the action of the citric acid.
You can repeat the procedure as much times as you want, untill you reach the desired result, as this solution is not damaging your hair.
If you try it, let us know what was the effect on your hair color in the comments below!