- The color that cancels out pink hair is green.
- My recommendation is to use green shampoo or a green semi-permanent hair dye.
- If you use a green semi-permanent dye, you should choose one as dark or light as your pink hair.
- If you use a green toning shampoo, you may need to mix it with blue or purple toning shampoo to cancel out the pink hair. I'll tell you all the details for both options below.
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Now you know that you will need the color green to cancel out pink hair.
Of course, colorimetry, the science of hair color, like life itself, has nuances. And I want to talk to you about those nuances today.
Let's start with the situation.
If you want to cancel out pink hair, there are two possibilities:
- You got tired of pink hair.
- Your hair turned pink because of bleaching.
Toner is the ideal tool to cancel out hair colors, whether pink, orange, or yellow shades.
But here I don't recommend toner to cancel out pink hair .
Why not? It's because toner is a professional tool that you apply with developer. It has extremely specific application requirements. And if you don't have much experience and knowledge in coloring, you can ruin both your hair's health and color because toner is a permanent dye.
At this point, as a colorist, the best advice I can give you is to go to a salon to cancel out pink hair.
But if you don't want to go to a salon, use a green toning shampoo or a green semi-permanent hair color.
Do you know why?
Pink is made up of red, a primary color. If you look at the color wheel, the opposite of red is green.
That's why you need green to cancel out pink hair.
Now that you know you need green, you must decide whether to use a green shampoo or a green semi-permanent hair dye.
How to cancel out pink hair with a green semi-permanent hair dye
You must choose a green dye by considering the shade of your pink hair.
- If you have a pastel pink , you'll need a light green.
- If you have a deep, magenta pink , you'll need a really bright green.
- If you have an orangey pink , you'll need a dark green.
Before applying the green dye all over your pink hair, do the strand test to see how your hair reacts.
Separate a small back section of your hair and apply the green dye, leaving it on for up to twenty minutes.
Then, after twenty minutes, rinse your hair.
- If the pink is gone from the strand of hair , apply the green dye to the rest of your hair, leaving it on for the same time you left it on the strand.
- If your hair still has traces of pink in it , you should apply a darker green dye.
How to cancel out pink hair with a green toning shampoo
A green shampoo is an excellent option because you can cancel out pink hair gradually and control the resulting color.
My clients often use the green toning shampoo from MATRIX TOTAL RESULTS.
- In the shower, wet your hair and apply the green shampoo, covering every inch of your hair.
- Leave it on for five minutes and rinse. Don't use conditioner.
- Finally, dry your hair.
Then, when your hair is dry, take a close look at it.
- If no traces of pink remain in your hair , continue to wash your hair twice a week with the shampoo.
- If your hair stays pink with some orange , you should mix green shampoo with blue shampoo, using the following proportions: 2 parts green shampoo to 1 part blue shampoo.
- If your hair is pink with yellowish tones , mix green shampoo with purple shampoo. Use these proportions: 2 parts green shampoo to 1 part purple shampoo.
Use a measuring spoon or lid from liquid laundry soap to measure the quantities.
Put the shampoos in an empty bottle and mix them to get your personalized shampoo color. Apply it twice a week and leave it on for 3 to 5 minutes.
When in doubt, I recommend you go to the salon to cancel out your pink hair. And I suggest you don't use toner because this permanent dye can leave your hair green in minutes, and then you would have to go through several bleachings to remove it.