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Colour B4 Hair Colour Remover Extra Strength is a safe and easy way to remove home or salon hair colour dyes without harming your hair. Extra strong to be extra effective. Made without ammonia or bleach to be gentle.
Colour B4 Extra Strength Hair Colour Remover
For more details go to www.colourb4.com. Mandy's hair clinic. Mandy Baldwin BSc (Hons) MIT LTTS. Consultant Trichologist. What happens when you colour your hair? "Many people see the finish effects of a dye and think that is it," says Mandy Baldwin, colour consultant and Trichologist, "but, the effect of the dye on your actual hair pigments, particularly for those lightening their hair isn't evident to the naked eye. Ammonia strips the pigment from your hair so even with a hair colour remover the original virgin colour may not return as natural pigments have been stripped by the dye itself." There are four natural pigments in the hair. Black and brown hair is created by melanin pigments and red and blonde hair is created by pheomelanin pigments. These natural pigments are produced by cells known as melanocytes. The hair's natural colour depends on the ratio of pigment present, and the quantity and mixture. When colouring the hair to the same or to a darker shade new synthetic pigment molecules are added to the hair's natural pigment changing its colour. Whereas in lightening the hair's natural colour the darker natural pigments need first to be broken down then replaced with the new synthetic pigments. Cuticle staining: Whilst ColourB4™ can reverse and remove the artificial pigment molecules deposited inside your hair, it cannot remove cuticle staining. High fashion colours such as blue-black, red, purple, green etc can all stain the cuticle and make removal much harder. Some standard red shade permanent hair colours also rely on cuticle staining to achieve their result. Hair colourants which contain henna also stain the cuticle and cannot be removed by ColourB4™. Herbal and plant based colours may also use henna derivatives which ColourB4™ will be ineffective at removing. Always check your previous method of hair colouring prior to using CalourB4™. What ColourB4™ cannot do? ColourB4™ can only remove artificial pigment from the hair. If your hair has been subjected to high lifting tints or bleaches your natural pigment has been lightened and altered. It will not be possible to restore your natural hair colour pigment by using ColourB4™. In these instances (and if your original natural colour is desired) yon should re-colour your hair (initially) using a semi-permanent hair colourant which is one shade lighter than your original colour. In addition, all permanent and even semi permanent hair colourants may contain peroxide. Even when a very dark or black result has been achieved, your own (natural) hair colour may have been lightened. Although most permanent hair colours (when darkening) only lighten by a tiny amount, there are some colourants which contain higher strengths of peroxide and lighten much more. If your hair has received multiple colour applications (either from permanent or semi-permanent products) it may have been exposed to peroxide on more than one occasion. Therefore (once you have successfully removed your unwanted hair colour) you may notice a warm, brassy or even copper tone to the hair - which is often more predominant near the roots (due to heat from the scalp accelerating the previous colour). This can be remedied by applying a temporary hair colour in your desired shade. If you wish to stay at the revealed lighter level but want to eradicate the warm tone, simply apply an ash toned temporary hair colour one shade lighter than your desired shade. For results that are too warm for example honey or gold use a violet purple shampoo or for more intense coverage a red neutralising ash based toner. This counteracts the brightness of the gold or yellow hair colour. Medichem. The UK's 1st commercial remover. www.medichem-int.co.uk. ColourB4™ is a registered trademark of Medichem. Have a question? Visit our website at www.colourb4.com or call our customer services on 0845 689 1560. ColourB4 gives you the freedom to change your hair colour and be the colour you want to be. ColourB4 is the easy way to remove hair colour at home. Simply comb in, wait, rinse away and your hair is free of colour without using ammonia or bleach! The benefits of ColourB4: Removes permanent, semi-permanent hair colour and colour build-up. The conditioning buffer prevents re-oxidation allowing immediate re-colour whilst conditioning and strengthening your hair. Use ColourB4 extra to remove dark colours and colour build-up. Consultant hair trichologist Mandy Baldwin on why she recommends ColourB4 hair colour remover. Quality: 'Its quality ingredients are gentle, making it suitable even for clients with fragile hair.' Process: 'I could actually see the tired, old dye pigments fading away before my eyes.' Outcome: 'It detoxes and pampers, preparing hair so that it's like a fresh, blank canvas.' Contains one application: Hair longer than shoulder length or very thick hair may require 2 boxes. Please note: ColourB4 takes you back to your natural or lightest shade. It will return your hair to its natural colour if the artificial hair colour applied is darker than your natural level. If you have previously bleached or lightened your hair, ColourB4™ is unable to return the (original) natural pigment. If you have applied a very dark a fashion colour (such as vibrant red or purple) to bleached, porous or grey hair, the cuticle may have been permanently stained. ColourB4™ cannot remove cuticle staining. This kit contains: 1 bottle of activator 60ml. 1 bottle of remover 60ml. 1 bottle of conditioning buffer 60ml. 1 pair of professional quality gloves. 1 instruction leaflet (read carefully). Gabina Heath and beauty. www.gabinasa.co.za. Questions & answers. Who is ColourB4 suitable for? Anyone that has coloured their hair with an oxidised colour. ColourB4 will remove permanent colour irrespective of how long you have coloured your hair. There are certain conditions however, such as silicone damage that could trap the colour molecules. This will prevent ColourB4 from penetrating the colour molecules. Why should I use ColourB4? Use ColourB4 to change your colour safely and gently. In 60 minutes you can be the colour you want to be! When should I use ColourB4? When you want to change your colour. When you want to detox your hair, ColourB4 will remove residue from shampoos, conditioners and styling products as well as pollution. ColourB4 will remove build-up often found after months or years of colouring your hair. Why is ColourB4 better to use than bleach stripping? Bleach is a harsh chemical that will dry and damage your hair stripping your natural pigment. ColourB4 simply removes your colour without stress or damage to your hair and scalp. Does ColourB4 remove all colourants? ColourB4 is very effective at removing home and salon oxidised permanent dye colours. It does not remove non-oxidised colours for example: semi, temporary or natural plant colours. Typical examples include: henna, staining fashion colours such as green, blue, and purple etc. XXL type colours can also be unpredictable. Bleach cannot be removed as this is not a colour it has lightened the hair's natural pigments. If you are uncertain which type of products you have used in the past we recommend you carry out a simple strand test for a preview of the result ColourB4 will achieve on your hair. Can anyone use ColourB4? We do not recommend you use ColourB4 if you have damaged/breaking hair/hair loss or if you have a high percentage of bleached hair. Will ColourB4 damage or dry my hair? No. ColourB4 will remove colours and reveal the real and natural condition of your hair. ColourB4 is a gentle chemical process designed to be used even with scalp and hair conditions. Why do I have to rinse for so long? ColourB4 will shrink the colour molecules but if you do not rinse thoroughly they will re-expand and re-oxidise causing our hair to darken again. Can I do a partial removal? Yes, although not adviseable as the leaves pigments within the hair shaft that can re-oxidise the colour back to where you started. If you are still set on trying this, then simply reduce the rinsing timing by checking the results every 10 minutes instead of the usual 60. How many times can I use ColourB4? You can use ColourB4 as much as you wish within reason. ColourB4 is not a harsh chemical process and will not damage your hair but colourants often contain bleach and ammonia, therefore you should limit the use of these products. It is always good to rest your hair and scalp after any chemical process so we would suggest you allow time between colours and removals. How does ColourB4 work? ColourB4 works by reversing the oxidation process. The artificial colour molecules in your cuticle are trapped and cannot release because they have expanded and become too large to leave, ColourB4 shrinks the artificial colour molecules and washes them from your hair revealing your lightest previous shade. The shade revealed may be lighter than your natural colour as bleach and ammonia from previous colourants may have lightened your natural pigment. How soon can I re-colour after using ColourB4? Immediately, due to the buffer step (Part C) the hair is left at a suitable pH level for safe re-colouring. However, there are several factors which come into play that can dictate how well your next colour application develops. If your previous hair colour application (or applications) have made your hair porous this will become evident after using ColourB4. If you wish to apply a new colour application to porous hair, always select a non peroxide semi-permanent product and apply to wet hair, checking the colour's development every few minutes. Porous hair will grab colour faster. To achieve the best results after using ColourB4, always re-colour with a temporary (or true semi) hair colour in your desired shade, and rest the hair for several weeks before applying the permanent (peroxide based) alternative/variant. This allows the porosity in your hair to normalise and take permanent colour evenly. Can I use ColourB4 before a salon visit to rid this unwanted dark colour and then visit my salon to have my (usual) highlights re-done immediately afterwards? Yes. ColourB4 is a home colour correction system. Once you have removed your unwanted dark colour you can immediately ask your salon to re-highlight your hair as they would normally. The ends of my hair have now gone very blonde - has ColourB4 bleached my hair? I haven't had highlights in over a year! ColourB4 hasn't bleached your hair, even though you haven't had highlights in over a year the evidence of them is still present. ColourB4 has simply revealed this old hair. If you want to tone down the blonde ends, apply a semi-permanent hair colour 2 shades lighter than your natural (or re-growth) colour and apply to the blonde areas only. The result will be a soft version of your natural colour. My hair was really dry before I coloured my hair. Will using ColourB4 make it worse and can I re-colour immediately afterwards? ColourB4 won't make your hair condition (necessarily) any worse, but it won't make it any better either. You can use ColourB4 but do not apply a permanent colour immediately afterwards. You need to rest the hair. Instead opt for a temporary 6 wash colourant (which contains no peroxide or ammonia) and use this in your hair for 4 weeks. Give your hair frequent conditioning treatments too. If after 4 weeks your hair feels in better condition you can upgrade the temporary colour to a permanent or semi-permanent colour. If you do apply a permanent hair colour to dry porous hair the result may well be darker and more intense than you desired and it could require another colour removal application, so always rest the hair and get that condition back. Can I have a perm or straightening on the same day I have used ColourB4? In theory you can (if you haven't re-coloured afterwards). The after treatment buffer will leave your hair at a suitable pH to take a perm or straightening satisfactorily. However, both perms and straightening treatments are very stressful to the hair. It is advisable you wait at least two weeks before you undertake them after using ColourB4. I used ColourB4 to remove a black hair colourant and bring back my original blonde shade but although the hair is no longer back, it's still very dark. What can I do? Firstly, very dark colours may require more than one ColourB4 application as there is a great deal of artificial pigment which needs to be removed. Secondly the cuticle of bleached blonde or porous hair can stain if a black colourant is laid onto it. In severe cases this staining can prove impossible to remove. Unfortunately, you can only judge how much staining has occurred and how much pigment can actually be removed by conducting a maximum of three ColourB4 applications. After this, if dark staining is still present it may be necessary to grow the colour out. Bleaching can remove some stains - but seek professional expertise if you choose this option. I followed the instructions exactly, but the brown hair colour was trying to remove is still on the ends of my hair. This sounds like colour build up. When a permanent hair colour has been overlaid on the hair with multiple applications it can take longer to remove. You may want to try ColourB4 on the ends only (processing to the full 60 minutes). Alternatively, if the dark colour is only on the very ends (the last inch or so) it is far easier to not apply another colour removal - but instead just treat the ends to a little trim. I have now used ColourB4 twice and my brown hair is still the ginger colour I tried to correct in the first place - why isn't it working? Brown hair naturally contains high levels of red pigment. The previous dyes have lightened and exposed your natural red gold tones. The redder the better is great news as loosing the red tones would mean you would have to pre-pigment the hair with red before using brown dye again. Alternatively - try a semi-permanent shade the same depth as your exposed colour - but with ash tone. This may neutralise out the unwanted warmth you can currently see. I have re-coloured my hair after using ColourB4 and it has again done to a really dark unwanted hair colour - why has this happened and can I correct it? The good news is you can use ColourB4 again. Ensure you rinse thoroughly and do not use a permanent hair colour re-colour your hair after ColourB4, instead, opt for a six wash temporary colourant. You must rest your hair and you need to establish exactly what shade works for you before committing to a permanent product. Firstly, did you rinse ColourB4 from the hair (for the instructed timer and use the buffer? If not, it's possible the original artificial colour molecules were left in the hair. Therefore when you re-coloured, the peroxide in the new application also re-oxidized (expanded) the old colour molecules - making the hair colour look darker than you desired. Secondly, another possibility is your hair is either porous (which causes the hair colour result to appear dark and flat) or you are selecting colours which may seem nice on the box, but in reality are too dark for your preference. Why have semi-permanent and temporary colours been suggested so much for re-colouring after using ColourB4? When changing a hair colour you need to be 100% certain you are happy with the shade you have selected. Many permanent colours give hard, dramatic results - if you are not happy with these results you will need to undertake another colour correction (using ColourB4) to rid them. When hair has been continually coloured it can be porous and absorb future peroxide based hair colours like a sponge causing a darker the expected result. After using ColourB4 it's far better to 'rest' the hair for at least a week and allow the hair to normalise (as you would do after a perm or straightening). If you would like to use a semi-permanent (peroxide based) colour after using ColourB4 firstly condition well and then apply the colourant to damp towel dried hair - this evens porosity and reduces the risk of colour grabbing. When 'resting' the hair after using ColourB4 it's preferable to use six wash temporary shades (also known as 1 bottle colourants). These 'wash in' colourants contain no harsh chemicals so hair needs re-colouring every six washes. If your hair feels particularly dry after colour correcting, simply use these temporary products until the condition has returned and re-colour using a semi-permanent or permanent product. Usually a month is a good time to rest very dry hair. I have applied ColourB4 and it has made absolutely no difference to my coloured hair. I just have some degree of removal at the roots. If the hair is coated in heavy conditioners, waxes, shampoo residues and styling aids, ColourB4 simply cannot penetrate the cuticle and get to the artificial colour molecules. This is why ifs always advisable to wash your hair several times with a clarifying shampoo prior to applying ColourB4 to dry hair. The other reason lack of removal occurs is due to silicone damage. Although many hair products and colourants use silicones, they are in general completely harmless to the hair. However, if the hair is regularly subjected to heated appliances such as tongs and irons over 230 degrees, silica can reach boiling point and melt which then hardens and encases the hair in a plastic shell. Hair well appear flat, with synthetic shine and commonly the ends will be fluffy or frizzy. Unfortunately there is nothing that can remedy this and the affected hair has to be grown out. To avoid this in the future do not use high temperature appliances on products which claim to be 'anti fade', 'fade resistant,' 'water proof', 'shine enhanced' or 'colour locking'. Why does my hair smell after using the product? This indicates you have not washed the ColourB4 treatment from your hair entirely. The smell will fade as you wash your hair. Can I use ColourB4 when pregnant? Yes. However, we advise you consult your doctor to be absolutely sure it is not going to react to you personal is always critical you conduct a patch test for any allergic reactions particularly when you are pregnant. Please note: ColourB4™ is designed to remove molecules which have created a tonal or darker effect in the hair. Some colourant manufacturers both permanent and semi permanent use very high strengths of peroxide in their products which can permanently lighten the natural colour significantly. In these instances a blonde, auburn or red result may be revealed after using ColourB4™, due to effects of the previous colourant product applied. In addition, some colourant manufacturers also use strong silicone ingredients in their formulas. These will cause no problems unless using heated appliances (such as straightening irons) above 230 degrees, at which point the silicone can melt and irreversibly trap the colourant molecules inside the hair. ColourB4™ effectively on silicone damaged hair. After using ColourB4™ it is advisable to rest the hair, for 7 days or use a temporary product to re-colour. In some instances immediate colour application after using ColourB4™ with a peroxide based colourant re-oxidation and the re-appearance of the previously removed hair colour. The UK's 1st commercial remover. Colour B4™ is a registered trademark of Medichem.
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Colour B4™. Gently removes home or salon colours. World no. 1 best seller. Extra strength. Hair colour remover. Safe & easy. Ammonia and bleach free.
How to use ColourB4™: Before you start: Conduct patch test as below. Conduct strand test as below. Apply ColourB4™ to dry hair. Make sure you protect your clothing. Never use metal combs or bowls. Ensure all products used are plastic. Always wear the gloves provided. Remove jewellery before use. Always use hand hot water. Preparation: Before you ColourB4™ it is strongly recommended to achieve the best possible removal that you start with clean dry hair. We recommend that you wash your hair twice with a clarifying shampoo to remove product residue and silicone build-up from the cuticle. This will help to prevent 'patchy colour', root glow and colour build-up. 1. Mixing: Remove applicator nozzle from Part B (remover) and pour in entire contents of part A (activator). Shake for 60 seconds. If you prefer to apply ColourB4™ with a tint bowl and brush, you can do so (at this stage) by pouring the mixed contents of the applicator bottle into the bowl once mixed. 2. Application: Begin applying the mixed ColourB4™ (from the applicator) onto the areas of the hair which need hair colour correction. In addition you may find it easier to squeeze small amounts of product into the (gloved) palm of your hand and apply with finger tips. Use a large toothed plastic tangle comb to separate sections and ensure even distribution of ColourB4™. Working from underneath, gently work the product through the hair. Ensure the hair is well covered. Always use entire contents. Your hair should be completely saturated. For shoulder length and longer hair, two or more packs may be needed. 3. Processing: Once evenly applied, process for 60 minutes. It is at this stage the artificial hair molecules are being shrunk. You must ensure the room is not cold and there are no drafts. A cold environment will slow down the rate ColourB4™ is able to shrink those artificial colour molecules. A good tip is to cover the hair in cling film. This will trap the heat and accelerate removal. 4. First rinsing and removal of the hair colour: Once the 60 minutes processing time has elapsed, the hair will now be ready for the rinsing stage. It is at this point the artificial colour molecules will have shrunk and be capable of being flushed from the hair. Remember these colour molecules are still present within your hair! Begin rinsing with warm water for a minimum of 5 minutes for shorter and fine hair and 10 minutes for longer and abundant hair. You will find the whole rinsing process more comfortable if you stand in the shower to rinse the hair. Ensure you keep directing the water into your hair and running your fingers through it to release those colour molecules. Use a mobile phone or alarm clock to time your rinsing. The longer and thicker your hair - the more you should rinse. 5. Buffering and second rinsing: After you have rinsed the hair for at least 5 minutes, apply half of the contents of part C buffer. Lather up well and leave for 1 minute to absorb. After this minute has elapsed continue rinsing the hair with warm water for a further 5 minutes. 6. Final buffer and rinse: Finally apply the second half of part C Buffer. Lather and rinse just as you would a regular shampoo. After all traces of the buffer have been successfully rinsed from the hair you may conclude and dry. 7. Conditioning stage (frequent use variant only): Apply half the bottle of conditioner to wet hair, combing through from roots to tips and leave for 3 minutes. Rinse thoroughly, then apply the remaining amount, combing through from roots to tips and leave for a further 3 minutes and rinse thoroughly. Next steps: Repeat the process for up to three times in one day for stubborn, dark and very old dyes in the hair. Hair longer than shoulder length or very thick hair may require 2 packs. Essential patch test: Mix a pea sized amount of part A and an equal amount of part B. Using a cotton bud or tissue apply a dab of the mixed product behind the ear. Remove after 24 hours with water and a cleanser. Remove immediately if irritation occurs. If irritation or a reaction is apparent do not conduct a ColourB4™ application. Hair strand test: View your potential results before you apply the entire contents. If you wish to preview results (prior to full head application) conduct a strand test using a small section of hair no more than a centimetre in width. Mix equal parts of A and B (in pea sized amounts) and apply with a cotton bud or tissue to segregated hair. Fully saturate and leave to develop 60 minutes. Rinse for five minutes, dry and check result. Do not apply part C buffer to hair when strand testing as it could affect results of a subsequent whole head application of ColourB4™. Quick guide: After completion of patch and strand test: Mix bottle A with bottle B. Always use gloves provided. Shake for 60 seconds. Section the hair into 4. Working from underneath, gently work the product through the hair. Ensure the hair is well covered. Always use entire contents. Your hair should be completely saturated. For shoulder length and longer hair, two or more packs may be needed. Now start to work from roots to tips. Once hair is completely covered, place cling film over the hair. This generates heat and encourages the cuticle to open. Once ColourB4 has been on the hair for 60 minutes, begin to rinse for 5 minutes (or 10 minutes if you have long or thick hair) using warm or hand hot water. Once rinsed apply half of the bottle C (buffer). Work through the hair, the same as a regular shampoo. Now, rinse for a further 5 minutes. Apply the second half of bottle C (buffer). Repeat with a 5 minute rinse. Now check the results in natural daylight after drying. Repeat the process for up to three times in one day for stubborn, dark and very old dyes in the hair. For more details go to www.colourb4.com. How to use: See enclosed instructions or view online video at www.colourb4.com/howtouse. Patch test recommended: Apply a mixture of equal parts A and B on a small cleansed area behind the ear or the fold of the elbow. Remove after 24 hours with soap and water or immediately if irritation occurs. If irritation is apparent do not proceed with the application. Strand test: It is essential that you carry out a strand test to view your potential results before you apply the entire contents. See instructions. Remember: Many colouring products, both permanent and semi-permanent may contain high levels of peroxide which can lighten the natural hair colour and in some cases cause a warm red-tone, or a lighter unexpected shade to be revealed once ColourB4™ has removed the dark artificial pigment. In addition some colouring products also contain high levels of silicone which can melt and become trapped inside the hair in circumstances where extreme heat has been applied, blocking subsequent hair products from effecting maximum change. After using ColourB4™ your hair is now in perfect condition to re-colour. Please note: some hair colourants (both permanent and semi-permanent) contain stronger levels of peroxide than others which can lighten your natural hair colour. ColourB4™ itself contains no peroxide, ammonia or bleaching agents and is not able to lighten the hair. Any lightening or alteration seen in the hair's depth (after using ColourB4™) is due to previous colour applications.
Activator - Bottle A: Aqua, Sodium Oxymethylene Sulfoxylate, Polysorbate 80, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glycerin, Benzyl Alcohol Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone. Remover - Bottle B: Aqua, Citric Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol Hydroxyethylcellulose, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Glycerin, Polysorbate 80, Parfum, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, CI 42090, CI 19140 FDC. Buffer - Bottle C: Aqua, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Glycerin, Sodium Lauryl,Glucose Carboxylate, Lauryl Glucoside, Decyl Glucoside, Disodium Phosphate, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Parfum, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Sodium Chloride, CI 16255.