How to use a color remover to reveal gray hair without damaging it

  • If you usually color your gray hair with permanent hair dye and are tired of touch-ups, you can use a color remover to reveal it.
  • However, as gray hair is fragile, you should choose the appropriate color remover.  Color Oops could be an option.
  • Your hair should be dry and unwashed for two days to apply the remover to reveal gray hair. Also, the product has to be rinsed thoroughly.


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Are you eager to follow the path of hundreds of women who say goodbye to hair dye forever to show off their gray hair as a symbol of beauty?

You’re not the first, and I don’t think you’ll be the last.


Gone are the days when women used to color their hair every three weeks to hide it. And no wonder.

It can be exhausting to fight the white growth, run to the salon every three weeks, and always carry root touch-up spray in your purse.


 The good news is that if you’re determined to finally show off your gray hair, you no longer need to bleach it. 

Why is this good news?


Because bleach and gray hair are bitter enemies. They don’t get along because gray hair is very fragile. Bleaching, in turn, is an aggressive chemical process.

If you bleach your hair, the gray hair will be the big loser. It’ll be weakened to the point of breakage.

So, what can you do?


Use a color remover. Although it contains chemicals, it’s much less aggressive than bleaching.

Still, removers have secrets like any chemical process. Today, I’ll describe them to help you reveal your gray hair with the least possible damage.

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How to use remover to reveal gray hair

There are many color removers on the market. For example, some are Colour B4, Color Fix, Color Oops, and Color Prep.

However, they aren’t all the same. Many are more intense than others and, consequently, more damaging.


 If you want to reveal your gray hair without damaging your hair, I recommend using Color Oops or Color Prep. They’re the gentler color removers. 

They don’t need an aggressive chemical reaction to remove hair dye because gray hair is non-melanin. It means that it doesn’t retain the hair dye pigments as much as the rest of the hair.


Once you apply the remover, it’ll penetrate the hair core and loosen the pigment particles.

I must give you a warning so that you don’t panic later.


The color remover smells bad, and the odor is very persistent because it contains sulfur.

 The secret is to apply it in a ventilated environment and to rinse your hair properly afterward. 

Having clarified that, let’s move on to the instructions for using the color remover to reveal your gray hair.


Step by step

Step 1: Prepare the mixture

The color remover kit includes two containers identified with the numbers 1 and 2.

First, pour the contents of container number 1 into container 2. Cover it and mix to blend.


Step 2: Apply the mixture to your hair

Your hair has to be dry and unwashed for 48 hours. Wear gloves and separate four sections of your hair from ear to ear and from roots to ends.

Apply the remover mixture and distribute it from root to tips. Make sure to massage each strand so that the mixture penetrates deeply.


Step 3: Leave the mixture on

Once the mixture is spread all over your hair, cover it with a shower cap. Leave the remover on for 20 minutes.

You don’t need to leave it on for longer. Remember that gray hair expels color quickly!


Step 4: Rinse the remover

Then, you must remove the color remover from your mane.

Therefore,  wash your hair with hot water, as hot as you can stand. Let the water run in your hair for 20 more minutes. 


Follow the instructions carefully because your hair’s health will depend on it.  You should rinse every last bit of remover.  Then, you can shampoo several times.

This will also help to remove the pungent smell of the remover.

Now, it’s time to take a look at your hair.

Is your gray hair there?



The remover did its job and revealed your gray hair removing the hair dye that was covering it.


If you notice that your gray hair still has some hair dye left, you can use the remover again. Still, my advice is not to do it right away because gray hair is fragile.

 Wait for four or five days and apply some intensive nourishing treatment to strengthen the hair.  Then, use the remover again.


I’m sure that your hair will shine now.

Now you know how to use the color remover. Still, you should keep a few extra tips in mind.


How to take care of your gray hair before and after using color remover

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As gray hair is sensitive and weaker to chemical treatments or processes, you should be careful before and after using the remover to avoid damaging your hair.


  • The remover has to be applied on unwashed hair for 48 to 72 hours.

When you wash your hair, you remove the dirt, but also the scalp’s natural oil layer that protects the hair.

The human body is amazing because those oils help maintain hydration from root to tip without having to apply any product.

You shouldn’t wash your hair for 48 to 72 hours to keep the scalp’s oil that prevents the remover from damaging your gray hair.


  • The remover should be applied to dry hair.

When your hair is wet, it retains water molecules. If you apply the color remover on wet hair, you’ll diminish the effect as the chemicals “dilute.”

Then your gray hair won’t be revealed.


  • Always wrap your hair after applying the remover.

It’ll help the product remove the hair dye from your gray hair.

So, remember to cover your hair with a plastic cap or nylon bag. Also, wrap it with a towel.


This step is critical. You’ll want your gray hair to look great. Then, you’ll need to moisturize it either with homemade or purchased products.



Using a color remover to reveal gray hair is an excellent alternative to stop coloring your hair and forget about maintenance.

Remember that you should choose one of the gentler color removers, such as Color Oops, and that you moisturize your hair afterward.

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