How Do You Lift Hair Color That Is Too Dark?

To lighten hair color that is too dark, wash it several times with clarifying shampoo, condition it and apply a dye-lifting treatment. This process takes about 3 hours and requires clarifying shampoo, nourishing conditioner, towels, a wide-toothed comb, latex gloves, a dye-lifting treatment and shower access.

  1. Wash your hair with clarifying shampoo

    Comb your hair, and wash it with clarifying shampoo. Use a lot of shampoo, scrub your hair vigorously, and rinse with hot water. Shampoo and rinse three times.

  2. Condition your hair

    Saturate your hair with a nourishing conditioner. Leave it on your hair for at least 3 minutes, and then rinse with warm water. Wring the excess water from your hair, and wrap it in a towel.

  3. Comb your hair

    Remove the towel, and gently comb your hair.

  4. Prepare the dye-lifting treatment

    Don the latex gloves, and prepare the dye-lifting treatment according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  5. Apply the dye-lifting treatment

    Apply the dye-lifting treatment, and leave it on your hair for the length of time specified in the instructions.

  6. Rinse and condition your hair

    Remove and discard the latex gloves. Rinse the dye lifter from your hair until the water runs clear, and then apply conditioner. Give the conditioner 5 minutes to work, and rinse your hair with lukewarm water.