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Can You Bleach Hair after Using Hair Color Remover?

Can You Bleach Hair after Using Hair Color Remover?

Are you unhappy with your current hair color? Do you want to remove it and get a hair makeover with a completely new shade? Then his article about hair color removers is for you.

Can You Bleach Hair after Using Hair Color Remover? Some people are impatient to get their hair bleached right after removing an unwanted color with stripping products. While you can bleach your hair after stripping, it is recommended to wait for 7-10 for the hair to rest and repair. 

Can You Bleach Your Hair after Stripping It?

Before you make a decision as important as bleaching your hair after using a color remover, you should first get to know what you may end up with.

Hair color removing, in other words, hair dye stripping, is a chemical process that helps to get rid of your current hair color. Hair color removers are sulfur-based products that work on dyed hair no matter how long it has been since you have dyed them. However, it is believed that hair color removers are more effective on newly-dyed hair.

While both stripping and bleaching remove color off the hair and are damaging, there is a difference between the two procedures.

As opposed to bleaching, stripping works only on dyed hair. Applying hair color remover on dyed hair makes it more porous. Due to this, the hair dye washes off more easily.

Bleaching, on the other hand, is used on natural hair too. If you have black or dark brown hair and want to go icy blond, you will need to bleach your hair. This method removes melanin from the hair and that is why it is a permanent option. 

As you can see, both procedures are rather damaging to the hair, especially if your hair is fine and fragile. Even if you think you have healthy hair that can withstand the two procedures in a row, do not even try doing it. You may end up with broken and extremely damaged hair with the only solution being cutting a few inches off. 

Bleach Your Hair after Stripping It

How Long Should You Wait to Bleach Your Hair after Stripping It?

If the situation is so bad that you think you cannot wait a day and want to bleach your hair immediately after stripping it, arm yourself with patience. Bleaching after stripping is the worst thing you can do to your hair.

Both procedures are damaging to the hair and strip the natural oils and moisture off you’re your hair and scalp. While it is understandable that you don’t want to walk around with unwanted hair color, keep in mind that you still want to walk around with hair. 

It is recommended by hairstylists and professionals to wait for 7 to 10 days to bleach the hair after you have used a hair color remover. 

This time period will allow your hair to ‘rest’ and regain its moisture. However, if you want to better prepare your hair for bleaching and keep it in shape, later on, nourishing and moisturizing treatments should be used.

If you want it to be done professionally, go to a salon and ask for a hair repairing treatment. This kind of treatment rebuilds the broken links in the hair making them much healthier and strong.

However, you can repair your hair at home too. During the period of 7-10 days, it is recommended to use repairing and hydrating treatments 4 to 5 times. There are plenty of hair masks and treatments that will help you regain the health and shine of your hair. 

An amazing alternative is high-quality coconut oil that will not only heal the scalp but also strengthen the hair. This will prevent hair breakage after the bleaching procedure. 

So, you should wait at least a week before you apply bleach to your hair after stripping it. It is better to wait and take care of the hair rather than hopelessly try to repair it after two damaging procedures. 

Can You Bleach Your Hair after Using Colour B4?

Colour B4 is a hair color remover of extra strength. This means that it is quite damaging and may leave your hair somewhat dehydrated.

Like in case of any hair color remover, it is advised to give your hair a little time. You can bleach your hair after using Colour B4 but it is not the best decision you can make. Wait for a few days and let the hair recover its natural oils.

If you do decide to bleach right after stripping, make sure you have washed the stripping product out really well. Washing out hair color remover is key for getting the best result, as the residue of the older dye may get darker again if left in the hair. 

Once you are done with washing do a patch test. Apply some bleach to a strand of hair a see how the color changes. If it does not get darker, then you are good to proceed to the bleaching procedure. 

With all of this being said, keep in mind that it is not recommended to bleach the hair after using a color remover. 

Bleach Your Hair

Can You Dye Your Hair after Stripping It?

If you read the description of hair stripping products, they all state that you can re-dye your hair after removing the color. It is stated on some boxes that you can re-color the hair even on the same day after the color-extracting procedure. 

However, if you ask professionals, you should not do that and there are a few reasons why. 

Firstly, if your previously dyed hair was damaged and porous, re-coloring it after using a hair color remover will only make things worse. 

Secondly, because hair color removers make the hair extremely porous, you will not get the desired result after coloring it with a permanent dye. The color will come out much darker than what you expect and want it to be.

This happens because porous hair, when colored, produces a more intense result. It is recommended to use a shade that is 2 or more levels lighter than the end result you are aiming for.

It is better to let the hair rest for a few days or a week and then proceed to dye it.

However, if you do decide to dye right after removing color, go for a temporary hair dye. Alternatively, you can use a semi-permanent hair dye that is closer to your natural hair color.

Waiting for seven or more days will allow your hair to self-repair. The porosity will gradually go away and you will be able to use a permanent hair dye with no problems on your way. 

If the only reason you want to color your hair right after stripping is brassiness, then using a purple shampoo will be helpful. 

Can You Tone Your Hair after Using Color Remover?

As you have already learned, re-dyeing or bleaching the hair right after using a color removing product is not recommended. However, what is recommended is using a toner after stripping.

Color removers, unlike bleaching products, to not interfere with the melanin of your natural hair. So, they will change your natural hair color. Instead, they will remove the dye by making the hair more porous. 

After using a color remover, the color of your hair will have more warmth to it than your natural shade usually does. 

Use a hair toner to play down the warmness and get rid of the brassiness. 

How Many Times Can You Strip Your Hair?

Hair color remover can be used up to three times in a row. However, it recommended doing two sessions, see what it results in and do the third stripping session if necessary.

If you are someone whose hair has been colored for years, one application of hair color removal may do nothing to the hair. This happens due to the color build-up which is resulted in putting layers of color every few months. 

While stripping products can be used three times in a row, it is best to do it twice and wait for a day. If the desired result is achieved, the third session may not even be necessary. 

Can You Use Hair Color Remover On Bleached Hair?

Hair color remover lifts the hair dye off your hair and does not interfere with the color of your natural hair. Bleach, on the other hand, goes deep into the hair cortex and dissolves melanin.

The latter is the natural pigment that gives your hair the color it is. Since bleach dissolves all the pigment in the hair there is nothing left for a hair color remover to ‘work on’.

Using a hair color remover over bleached hair will simply not work. The stripping product might even leave your hair orange. 

However, if you have bleached your hair and dyed it a certain color, using a color remover afterward will work just as usual. In this case, it will dissolve the hair dye and you will be able to wash it off easily. 


Wednesday 17th of November 2021

Hey, I have been dying my hair black/brown for years. A little over a year ago I decided to bleach my under hair and go pink, it didn't go too bad but now since dying my hair back to brown maybe 2 or 3 times since in the past year, I have decided to go back to pink underneath. Should I strip the under section of my hair to remove the brown box dye and then bleach it a couple days later? Or do you think it will be fine to go straight in and bleach? The brown box dye is not that different to my natural hair colour and has lightened since I last dyed it around 6+ months ago.

Irina Tracy

Saturday 22nd of January 2022

hello! I think you can do that yes since the dye layer is not so thick. But, I have a feeling that you might still need a 20% bleach to get to the color you want. Thank you for reaching out!


Wednesday 8th of September 2021

Hello, I have been dying my hair dk brown/black for years. I now have a good bit of gray and white. I just stripped it and it is light at the top but the bottom is dark . It's reddish. I want to go white or silver white. What is my best approach from here?

Irina Tracy

Thursday 11th of November 2021

hello, Donna! Black is a difficult dye to get out of your hair so you might want to bleach it several times. It is a process so I recommend bleaching it and drying it to a shade that is appropriate to the shade you obtain after bleaching it, to uniform the color but use a dye that is not permanent so it will come out easily next time you bleach it. This should help you get to the shade you want in a few weeks at home, without damaging your hair. But if you want to do it in one sitting, going to a hairstylist might be the fastest option. Hope this helps! Thank you for reaching out!

Irina Tracy

Tuesday 8th of September 2020

Hello and thank you for reaching out! Sounds like you want to get to ash brown in one session of hair dye. This is possible but yes, you will have to bleach your hair and use a neutralizing shampoo. I recommend giving your hair a day to recover after you bleach it but if you don't have this time you can dye it in the same day you bleach it. Just make sure to use a moisturizing conditioner afterwards because bleach and hair dye will get your hair dry fast. I do recommend waiting until at least 7 days past since you used the color remover, though, so you don't harm your hair more than it is necessary. Good luck!

Hayley Walla

Monday 7th of September 2020

Hey there..In the last couple days I use the brand colourless hair stripper. My hair had alot of black build up in hair is still pretty dark but has a redness to it. It's not a terrible colour. So I'm happy to leave it for a few days to give it a rest. But what can I do next? I want to go a light ash brown ..can I bleach my hair then put the ash brown in? Thankyou ????