Bye Bye Brunette

After about fifteen years plus of dying the hell out of my hair from all dark red to violet to dark brown ... why even black on occasion, I've finally decided to take the plunge and let my hair have a break from the never ending cycle of dye, dye, die.

This all was bought about by seeing my natural roots growing out and thinking ... hmm what dark brown shade now? Then realizing I could keep going like this forever - AND I'M BORED WITH DOING THE SAME THING OVE- wait is my hair naturally dark blonde?

Yes, I've been dying it so long, I actually forgot about that.

Cue the hair color remover -

Jo Baz Hair Color Remover Max

to be exact.

"Hair Colour Remover shrinks the artificial dye molecules in the hair, enabling you to simply wash them away. What’s more Hair Colour Remover does not touch your natural hair pigment so you are left with the colour which lay beneath your artificial shade."

First up, a warning - you really do need to put quite a bit of time aside for this.  Be realistic about what you're expecting too.  Just because you're beige blonde, doesn't mean it's going to remove EVERY bit of dye upon dye build up.  Now I was stupid enough not to bother taking an actual before photo for an example, but see that model's photo up there?  Yeah, I was pretty much that color with alot of red showing through.  Also follow the instructions, and definitely rinse for way longer than the minimum time!  (I went with 10 mins at each rinse stage).

PS: This smells of sulphur. Personally I can handle that smell (roadtrips to Rotorua), but you're gonna need to do this in a well ventilated room.

This product got me back to a light coppery blondish color and really beige blonde at the roots.  I think this has alot to do with the amount of red based dyes that have stained my hair cuticle over the years.  I didn't bother taking an after photo until a couple of days later - and yes, as mentioned by some users my hair did darken up quite a bit after the initial use.

I ended up a red head basically - still lighter than that dark brown, but not quite what I was hoping for.

This is so not a good photo...

OK but after just over a week of clarifying shampoo etc, my hair is starting to fade out a bit, so maybe I'll get closer to my natural shade soon.

Overall Results?  Well it worked.  My hair is definitely lighter.  I wish it had removed more, and maybe if I had re-treated it I could have stripped more color, but although this product didn't do any further damage to my hair, with it being so light my dry ends are horribly noticeable so I didn't want to go there. (As of writing I've just chopped a good few inches off - much better!)

I really want to try out their Everyday Straight next... but I think I'll wait for a long weekend since you can't wash your hair for three days afterward, which I somehow think wouldn't go down well at work.