Colorfix vs. Color Oops: Which one is a better hair dye remover?


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The main differences between Colorfix and Color Oops are:

  • Difference 1: Color Oops removes the hair dye evenly, while Colorfix can remove it in different areas according to your needs.
  • Difference 2: Color Oops is easier to use than Colorfix because it has two steps.
  • Difference 3: Colorfix’s price is higher. That’s why Color Oops is more popular.


Taking these differences into account, which is better for your hair, Colorfix or Color Oops?

  • If you want to remove hair dye that you recently applied from all of your hair, I recommend Color Oops. It’ll be cheaper and possible to apply it to all of your hair.


  • If you only want to remove hair dye from a few strands or highlights, I recommend Colorfix. You can apply it just in those sections of your hair. So, one kit will work much better, even if it’s more expensive.


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Although the differences are not many, you should pay close attention to them if you want to remove permanent hair dye from your hair. Especially, look at the first difference I describe.

What coloring job do you want to remove from your hair?

Do you want to remove hair dye from all of your hair, or just a few highlights you did to frame your face?


  •  Only one of these two color removers allows you to remove hair dye from some strands.  More about this later.


  • Your experience in applying hair removers also counts. However, if you follow the manufacturers’ instructions, you shouldn’t have any problems.


  • Finally, the price. To be honest,  this should be the difference you pay the least attention to. The most important thing is your hair’s health.  As my grandmother used to say, sometimes cheap things turn out expensive in the end.


Either way, both products comply with their promises. They remove permanent hair dye and have the same strength.

Also, both formulas contain moisturizing agents such as aloe vera or castor oil.


Today I’ll help you decide which of the two removers is better for your purpose.

 If your hair is damaged, dry, or brittle, you must repair it before using the remover.  Otherwise, you’ll damage it almost irreversibly.


Are you sure your hair is healthy?

Good for you! It’s time for you to decide whether you should use Color Oops or Colorfix. To make the best decision, you need to know the differences between the two products. Shall we get started?



Difference 1: Colorfix allows you to remove the hair color in only certain parts, such as strands or highlights. In turn, Color Oops removes color from the entire hair.

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This is a very important detail, and it should almost be decisive in your choice.

  • If you colored your hair a dark brown, for example, and you don’t like it, you should opt for Color Oops because it’ll evenly remove all the color.
  • If you want to remove the hair dye from just a few sections of your hair, for example, highlights on the sides of your face, or a balayage on the ends, you should use Colorfix.


Let’s imagine you applied balayage in golden color and the tone faded to orange with the washes. Then, you can apply Colorfix on your ends without having to remove all the color from your balayage.

If you make the mistake of choosing Color Oops, you’ll lose the balayage technique because this remover must be applied to the entire mane.


 This is why this difference between Color Oops and Colorfix has to be carefully considered when choosing the most suitable remover for your hair. 



As regards colors, both Color Oops and Colorfix remove any dark or medium shades:

  • Black 1
  • Dark brown 3
  • Brown 4
  • Light brown 5
  • Red 6.6
  • Orange 6.4


If your hair is light, I don’t recommend using color remover because it could damage your hair fiber.

Now that we know about these relevant aspects, let’s move on to the second difference.


Difference 2: applying Colorfix takes longer and is more complex than Color Oops because it has 3 steps.

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Don’t panic. You won’t need to take an online course to know how to use color removers.


However, you’ll need to follow the manufacturers’ instructions carefully.


If it says you should apply the remover on dry hair, don’t improvise and try your luck on wet hair.

If it says you should leave the remover on for 20 minutes, don’t sit on the couch enjoying the latest episode of “Who Killed Sara” on Netflix and forget about your hair.


As for the application, Colorfix contains three products, while Color Oops contains only two.

 Therefore, many users think Color Oops is easier to apply, but it’s basically the same.  The difference lies in the final rinsing of the product.


To avoid doubts, I’ll explain below how to correctly apply both Color Oops and Colorfix.


Color Oops application

  • The color remover kit includes two containers. The smaller one is identified with a 1 and the larger one with a number 2.
  • Transfer the contents of container 1 to container 2, cover container 2, and mix it to blend the two liquids.
  • On your dry, unwashed hair for 72 hours, separate 4 sections from ear to ear and from roots to ends. Start applying the mixture from roots to ends.
  • Make sure you massage each strand so that the mixture penetrates the hair fiber.
  • After covering the entire surface of the hair, cover it with a shower cap and leave the remover on for 20 minutes.
  • Then, rinse off the remover with warm to hot water and let the water run over the hair for another 20 minutes.
  • You can use your regular shampoo as much as you want if the Color Oops smell still persists.


Colorfix application

  • Remember that this remover kit has three containers. At this stage, we’ll only use container 1, which is the color remover, and container 2, which is the catalyst conditioning.
  • Mix the contents of containers 1 and 2.
  • Separate your hair, which should be dry, into four sections. Apply the remover throughout your hair from roots to ends.  If you’ll use the product to remove hair color from strands or highlights, apply the mixture to those sections only. Cover your hair with a shower cap. If it’s just a few sections, wrap them in plastic wrap.
  • Leave the mixture on for twenty minutes.
  • Then, rinse the color remover by shampooing your hair twice in a row.
  • Apply the contents of container 3, which is the processing lotion, to your hair. I should warn you that some users don’t apply Colorfix bottle number 3 because it can darken the resulting tone.



Both color removers can be reapplied if necessary.


Difference 3: Colorfix is more expensive than Color Oops.


The last difference between these two products is the price.


 If we take Amazon as a reference, the price of Color Oops ranges from $14 to $25, while Colorfix is sold from $35 to $55. 

As you’ll probably only need one kit of any of them, the price difference won’t leave you broke or in the need to ask for a loan.



But if your hair is very long, you’ll need several kits, and it’ll make a difference in your final investment.

  • If you have a lot of hair or it's very long, you'll need 2 or 3 boxes of color remover.
  • If you have been coloring your hair for many years with dark colors, you’ll need to repeat the application and 2 or 3 more boxes according to the amount of hair.


If you choose Colorfix, you’ll need to invest at least $150. In turn, the investment will be approximately $56 with Color Oops. Almost $100 difference!

So, the final decision will depend on your wallet.

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