In this article, I’ll explain how to remove unwanted pink tones with step-by-step instructions.
But before we get started, let’s stop and think. Have you already tried to remove the pink -maybe even with bleach- but without success?
If that’s the case, it’s possible the bleach didn’t work because fuchsia, purple, and other fantasy colors are very tenacious and difficult to remove.
It’s simply not enough to just bleach your hair. In this case, there are a few more things you’ll need to do to remove the dye. But there’s no reason to worry. In this article, I’ll clearly explain how to get rid of pink tones, with detailed, step-by-step instructions.
Completely removing pink dye is a lengthy process that requires a lot of patience.
It takes four steps:
- Wash your hair with clarifying shampoo
- Bleach your hair
- Apply a green toner
- Wash your hair with green shampoo
Before moving on the step-by-step instructions, let’s take a took and the materials you’re going to need.
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What Materials Will You Need to Remove Pink Hair Dye?
If you’ve already tried to remove pink hair color unsuccessfully, you should try a different, longer approach.
And here I’ll reveal all the things you’ll need to do so.
- Clarifying Shampoo
Make sure to buy clarifying shampoo, not lightening shampoo.
Clarifying shampoos remove artificial colors eliminating any trace of dyes you’ve applied.
Lightening shampoo, (as its name implies) lightens hair, whether it’s color comes from natural or artificial pigments.
As you can imagine, if bleach didn’t remove the color, lightening shampoo won’t either.
So make sure to look for clarifying shampoo at a salon or pharmacy.
- Hair bleach
If the clarifying shampoo doesn’t remove all the pink, you can then try bleach.
To bleach your hair, you’ll need a 30-volume developer and bleaching powder.
With those two ingredients, you can bleach your hair again after using the clarifying shampoo.
And, hopefully, remove any persistent pink pigment.
- Green Toner and Green Toning Shampoo
Toner is a product that neutralizes tones in bleached hair.
After you’ve bleached your hair, the toner neutralizes any remaining traces of pink.
Each color has a complementary color that neutralizes it, which in this case is green.
After applying the toner, you’ll have an ash blond base color, and the pink will be long forgotten.
To apply green toner, you’ll need the container of toner and 20 volume developer.
Not only that but to keep that tone and prevent the pink from reappearing, you should wash your hair with green toning shampoo.
Because, as I said earlier, green neutralizes red tones.
While your goal is to remove pink, the green toner and shampoo will cancel out what pink tones are left after the clarifying shampoo and bleach.
All these items can be easily purchased at a salon, where you can also ask for advice if you have any additional questions.
Step by Step Instructions to Removing Pink Tones in Bleached Hair
As I said at the outset, removing pink from bleached hair is a lengthy process.
It’s not quick or easy and takes several steps.
Make sure you have all materials before you begin because you can’t go buy them once you start.
Lastly, take a whole day off your schedule so you can focus on your hair.
Once you have all your materials, it’s time to get started!
Step 1: Apply the clarifying shampoo
Wet your hair as usual, and apply the clarifying shampoo.
Let it sit for five to ten minutes, and rinse.
Be warned that this shampoo doesn’t smell like roses -it actually smells pretty bad- so it’s not recommended to use in the shower.
Rinse your hair, and check if the pink is gone.
If there’s no pink left, you can move on to applying toner, or hair dye if you prefer.
If there’s still some pink in your hair, you can wash it with clarifying shampoo again.
Clarifying shampoo won’t damage your hair, so you can repeat the process two or three times.
Likely, the clarifying shampoo will not remove all the pink tones from your hair.
But don’t give up!
There are still a few steps to go.
Step 2: Bleach
After using the clarifying shampoo, dry your hair.
It needs to be dry and detangled before you apply the bleaching mixture.
Mix the bleaching powder and developer in a plastic container.
Keep mixing until you create a homogeneous, creamy mixture.
Start applying the mixture to the ends of your hair, then the middle section, and finally in your roots.
Are you curious why?
Since the ends and middle section of your hair have undergone the most color treatments, they will have a higher concentration of pigments. The roots, on the other hand, is new, untreated growth.
Once you’ve applied al of the product, let it sit for ten to twenty minutes.
Don’t leave it on longer!
Bleach is a chemical process that permanently damaged hair.
Check how your hair is doing after five minutes.
After twenty minutes, wash your hair with plenty of lukewarm water.Don’t leave the bleach on longer, even if there’s still some traces of pink in your hair.
If your hair is still pink, you can bleach it again.
That being said, I don’t recommend bleaching your hair more than once. Bleach is corrosive and really damaging to the hair fiber.
What I do recommend is moving on to the next step to neutralize any pink left, which at this point should be very little.
Step 3: Apply Green Toner
First of all, dry your hair. You’ll probably notice that the pink has almost disappeared.
After your hair is dry and detangled, mix the green toner and 20 volume developer in a container.
Start applying the product, again working from the ends to the middle section to the roots.
I recommend starting at the ends because if there’s still any pink in your hair, it’s going to be in the middle section and ends. It’s the same reason why I recommend applying bleach from the ends to the roots.
Be very careful with the toner.
You can’t apply it and then sit and watch your favorite Netflix series.Toner starts to work immediately, and if you leave it on too long, it will turn your hair green.
Once you’ve applied the product, don’t leave on your hair for more than ten minutes.
You’ll notice the change immediately, and all traces of the pink will be gone.
After letting the toner process, rinse as usual. You can also use your regular shampoo and conditioner.
Dry your hair and style as usual.
The pink is gone, isn’t it?
Step 4: Maintenance
Shades of red, pink, purple, and fuchsia are very tenacious.
They could reappear, even after all the work you’ve done.This is what toning shampoo is for!
It’s very easy to use: just replace your regular shampoo with the toning shampoo.
Use it each time you wash your hair, whether you wash your hair daily or every other day.
Apply the shampoo, let it sit for five minutes, and rinse.
Unlike clarifying shampoo, you should have no problem using toning shampoo in the shower.
After just a few applications, the pink will disappear.
After this process, you can dye your hair, or simply leave it the ash-blonde left by the green toner and toning shampoo.
After all, make sure to apply a moisturizer, such as coconut or argan oil, masks, or split end repair treatments.