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hair color remover

removing tint

Sometimes it is necessary to remove tint from the hair in order to apply a new shade. There are three means of doing this:

  • A Clairol Remov-zit treatment
  • Bleaching with any Lady Clairol Creme Hair Lightener
  • A Remov-zit treatment followed by a later application of bleach.
    The following factors will help you select the best method: the time

the patron can spend, the condition of the hair, the degree of tint re­ moval required to make the color change desired.


This is the most popular method of removing tint because new color may be applied the same day. Usually a patron does not have sufficient time for the 24-hour waiting period necessary between a Remov-zit treatment and application of fresh tint. She desires a lighter color on her hair the same day.

For this purpose you may use any one of the following mixtures recom­ mended for the patron's hair type:

  • When the hair needs to be lightened only a few shades, it can be
    done with Clairolite, Lady Clairol (without Lightening Booster),
    or Ultra-Blue mixture (without Protinator).
  • When an extreme change in color is required (For example: hair tinted Black Velvet or Sable Brown is to be lightened for applica­ tion of Chestnut Brown) a stronger bleach mixture must be used to lilt the color sufficiently. Use Lady Clairol with 1 or 2 envelopes of Lightening Booster or Ultra-Blue Lady Clairol with 1 or 2 envelopes of Protinator.

3. When hair already has too much tint and is strong and resistant, use Clairol Blue Lightening Powder Bleach or Ultra-Blue Lady Clairol and 3 envelopes of Protinator.


Mixing and application of bleach for removing a tint is done using the method described for virgin hair (See pages 82 to 85). Use the additional tips listed below to insure best results.

  • Using narrow fiber brush or applicator, apply mixture to darkest
    portions of hair first and allow to lighten a little before application
    to rest of tinted hair.
  • If regrowth is light enough and color is to be lifted from the shaft
    and ends only, confine the bleach only to the areas to be lightened.
    When regrowth must also be lightened, apply bleach to this portion
    last since it requires much less time to reach shade desired.
  • Always make small partings for application.
  • Strand test frequently. Time required for treatment will vary
    according to texture of hair and degree of lightening required.
  • It is usually unnecessary to bleach beyond the red-gold (fourth
    stage) unless an extreme color change is desired.
  • If a single bleaching treatment does not lighten hair sufficiently,
    a second application may be given the following day. This is some­
    times necessary when hair is resistant or over-tinted.
  • When hair is light enough after treatment, but too much red or
    gold remains, drabber may be used. This may be determined by a
    preliminary strand test. (See pages 88, 89.)
  • When a new shade is to be applied the same day, be sure hair is
    rinsed and shampooed thoroughly, then dryed before beginning
    coloring treatment.


If you prefer to use a remover for penetrating tints and compound hennas, one of the most effective products is Clairol Remov-zit. It re­ moves sufficient tint for application of fresh color, but does not leave the hair pure white or lighten natural pigment. Therefore, it must not be used as a substitute for a bleach.

The number of treatments necessary to remove the desired amount of color depends upon the tint product used for coloring, its effect on the hair, and the number of treatments hair has been given. Naturally, the more thoroughly the tint is impregnated in the hair shaft, the more treatments will be needed to lift it.

It may be noticed occasionally after a Remov-zit treatment that the color seems to have been removed unevenly. This can be caused by uneven application of the product. However, if brush application of Remov-zit has been made correctly and hair has been evenly saturated, then you may assume that hair has been unevenly pre-bleached during some previous retouch treatment. Remov-zit, in this case, cannot make the color even. Bleaching will be required on the dark portions, espe­ cially if the patron desires a lighter shade. If a darker shade is desired, no bleaching is necessary.

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