Does OOPS hair color remover work? My experience with OOPS hair color remover and how I took my hair in 20 minutes from this color to that color.
So I have been dying my hair for oh, about 23 years, and along the way a LOT of accidents have happened. Like the time I dyed it “Herbal Essence Raspberry” and it ended up hot pink, which I, in my 16-year-old wisdom, decided would just go back blonde if I dyed it blonde over the top.
Hint: It didn’t.
Or the time I went to a salon and she turned me orange and then overcorrected it to ash, which translates loosely to “greenish gray”. Not a good look on a 21-year-old. I had to chop off ALL my hair for that one but they did send me a years worth of Wella for my pain and suffering.
Or the time, about 2 years ago, I let a cruise boat do my highlights and she bleached over my bleach (instead of my roots) and my hair fell out in fried off chunks- the night before our family photos. I love that every time I walk by my big blown up images I see my strategically placed bobby pin where my hair was gone.
Oops for Hair Color Mistakes
And with all this knowledge about hair color, I can tell you two definite things: Never, EVER do bleach over the counter and Red is actually pretty ok to do from a box. Now usually I go to the salon. I do a lot of highlights and that requires a hair person. Highlighting from home is basically like lighting your checkbook (do people have checkbooks anymore? I’m showing my age.) on fire because of all the corrections you are likely gonna have to do when it goes horribly wrong. But red- ok now red is a different story. Red washes out in weeks, sometimes even days after you put it in your hair. Hate your red? No problem, your red hates your red and it will go if you have the patience. But after 3 months of paying $120 to a salon every 4 weeks to keep up with my red, I did something I haven’t done in 10 years- I picked up a box of hair color.
And LOVED it.
First I used Feria Red Copper INTENSE. It was super bright, but again, all good things come to an end and it eventually faded. Here is the day of the dye and then 4 weeks after. It did fade to a pretty color but I really missed the bright glow of it.
The next time I picked up a box color, I decided to try another brand, but in the same color family of copper. Here is L’oreals Intense Color Copper. Less vibrant but still pretty. This one faded QUICK. I was in brown in about a week and a half. So at $9.99 a box times 2 boxes, this wasn’t going to be much more cost effective than going to a salon.
On my next visit to Walgreens, which was last Friday, I thought “hmm, let me try something BRIGHTER, more RED than copper.
I can handle copper pretty well so why not red?” I did Feria Power Red. And this is what happened- in all fairness it looked just like the box, but after a day or two, I realized didn’t match my skin tone or ANY of my clothes. Like…at all. I tried on dresses and the only color that looked remotely decent with this color was blue.
I HATED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Stripping the color from my hair
So last night I decided to strip the color from my hair with color oops extra strength hair color remover. Normally I would tell you this is a REALLY horrible idea. And under most circumstances, I would say RUN DON’T DO IT. But after a little research, I picked up some OOPS Hair Color Remover, Extra Strength and decided to try my luck. The whole concept of this remover is that it shrinks the molecules of the hair dye and allows you to rinse it away.
Few things to note if you are going to use OOPS Hair Color Remover:
1) It does stink. It smells like perm solution. A lot of people believe it smells like rotten eggs- I honestly didn’t think that but I have spent hours in the salon so pretty much nothing phases me. If you are sensitive to really intense chemical smells, you may not like it. I didn’t have an issue personally. The smell doesn’t just wash away with good shampoo either. My pillowcase will be getting a bleach bath today.
2) Have a deep hair conditioner ready. It didn’t break my hair or do anything that I couldn’t handle, but you will need to condition it after. I use the Macadamia Hair Intense or if you want something more cost effective, this Dove Restoration Mask.
3) READ THE INSTRUCTIONS FIRST. Basically you mix two bottles, shake for 30 seconds and saturate your hair. I have a lot of hair so I was really terrified it wasn’t going to cover my entire head. The product is very watery and comes out QUICK, but I was able to work one box through my hair. Do not leave on more than 20 minutes and then, here is the kicker, you have to rinse and shampoo your hair for 20 full minutes. I always thought I would love a 20 minute shower, but I got bored in like 7. Keep rinsing. And rinsing. And rinsing some more. This is what is taking out that color and no, the water wasn’t running red. It was actually clear the whole time, but I kept rinsing, shampoo, and rinse.
When I got out I immediately put on my deep conditioner and sat for another 20 minutes before rinsing one last time and then finally drying.
Here is what I was left with. It didn’t restore natural hair color, but it did take the insane red out: Like a strawberry reddish blonde color, but oops extra strength hair color remover totally did WORK.
Did OOPS Hair Color Remover Work?
I have a lot of people ask about thier hair going orange after oops..you have to first leave it in the entire time and two, realize its not going to put your natural color back. NOTHING can do that. It will simply remove you to a base that will allow you to REDYE IT a normal a color.
Now I wouldn’t say go on the hair journey I have been on the past 6 months being red and once you find your color you should absolutely not venture OUT of that color range, but if for some reason you do something insane like I did, I think picking up this OOPS Hair Color Remover perhaps could save you like it did me!
Just to remind you- before and after!
Update About OOPS COLOR REMOVER: I have used it several more times since this post with excellent results!
Like me and need to rid yourself of some hair color drama? I buy mine on amazon for the free shipping: