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Color Oops Hair Color Remover, Extra Strength, 1 Application
 
3.9

(based on 83 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (13)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (55)
  • Gentle (40)
  • Natural look (15)
  • Great color (10)
  • Long-lasting (4)

Cons

  • Smells bad (53)
  • Messy (12)
  • Too harsh (8)
  • Color misrepresented (7)
  • Difficult to use (6)

Best Uses

  • New look (17)
  • Thick hair (5)
  • Fine hair (4)
  • Graying hair (3)
    • Commitment To Color:
    • Permanent (50), Semi-permanent (10), Demi-permanent (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (33), Product junkie (19), Survivalist / minimalist (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Adventures with Color Oops

BACKGROUND
As a naturally medium blonde 20-something, I'd been talked into going red by my salon stylist. I loved it, but 8 months down the road I was frustrated with having to...Read complete review

BACKGROUND
As a naturally medium blonde 20-something, I'd been talked into going red by my salon stylist. I loved it, but 8 months down the road I was frustrated with having to touch it up every few weeks, let alone not being able to consistently find the right shade in the drug store (sorry, but I'm not paying a stylist obscene amounts of cash to do my hair every few weeks). I'm a beginner when it comes to color and didn't realize how difficult it would be to try to take my hair back to blonde after having it red for many months.

I asked my stylist, who said that she could strip it, which would be time-consuming, damaging and expensive. The other option was to highlight my hair repeatedly over the course of a year or so while my natural hair grew back in (again, expensive). I thought, surely there has to be some other way...

PREPARATION FOR COLOR OOPS
Then I found Color Oops online. I read hundreds of reviews on multiple Web sites, some good and some frightening, and picked up lots of usage tips along the way. I proceeded to purchase two boxes of Color Oops, two boxes of hair color (Nice n Easy - Natural Dark Neutral Blonde and Natural Lightest Golden Brown) in case I had an "omg" moment, a shower cap, a wide-toothed comb and a thermal conditioning treatment (heavy duty conditioner). If you use Color Oops, I highly recommend making sure you have all these items handy. Also, read the box insert, and know it like the back of your hand. This is a must.

Make sure to do a strand test. Cut out a small piece of your hair and just do it, or you'll be sorry later. Check it every five minutes so you can see the various shades of change and decide on the best time for your hair. They recommend no longer than 20 minutes. Based on mine, I saw my hair change from red to blonde after 20 minutes and elected to leave it on for the full amount of time.

THE PROCESS
Still, I was super nervous as I prepared the mixture and dumped it on my hair. It is a thin mixture, maybe a bit thicker than water but not by much, so be careful with the dribbles. I didn't notice any bleaching effect on the red robe I was wearing. As everyone else has said, it has a very strong odor - citrus and sulfur, so be prepared. I made sure to spread the mixture quickly and evenly, using the wide-toothed comb to ensure that my hair was fully saturated, then put the shower cap on to help "lock" in the product. I avoided being in cool areas of my house, as the insert said this could cause it not to process correctly (also a good reason to use the shower cap). I'd recommend checking your hair periodically, even after the strand test, so you don't let it go too long.

Rinsing it out was a breeze in the shower. This is the most important part of the process. I kept the water warm, rinsed for several minutes, shampooed and rinsed for several minutes, and repeated once more. Rinse until your water gets cold, no joke! Your hair may feel a little stiff at this point, so use your restoring conditioner after the second shampoo. I had some left over from an older Nice n Easy kit and it worked better than the thermal treatment I bought specifically for this purpose (read on to find out why I ended up having to condition twice).

THE MOMENT OF TRUTH
After I got out of the shower I could tell right away that my hair was looking pretty bleached blonde and much lighter than my natural color, but probably due to the previous dyeing I'd done (most over-the-counter permanent dyes include a bleaching agent, no matter what color you choose). I dried it using my blow dryer and it came out looking pale and brassy - almost a strawberry blonde. My boyfriend said, "Your hair is kind of orange..." I didn't think it was hideous, but not exactly what I had envisioned. It didn't seem damaged, either, though I had very healthy hair to start with.

REDYEING AFTER COLOR OOPS
So I started thinking about that box of blonde hair color I bought to use after the Color Oops, in case it didn't turn out. Color Oops recommends using a color filler if you choose to dye right after the color removal process. They also advise that you choose a lighter, warmer shade than that of what you are trying to achieve and say not to let it process for more than several minutes. I skipped the color filler and applied just the color, noticing that by the time I'd applied it to my whole head, it had already "taken" and rushed to rinse it out, but it was too late. After no more than just a few minutes, the blonde hair color had turned my hair a distinct brown, and on the ashy side (even though it was labeled a "neutral" shade). That wasn't the hair color's fault, though - it was mine. The box insert is not joking. Use a color filler and/or buy at least a couple shades warmer and lighter than your desired end result if you are dyeing right after Color Oops. So if you're looking to go medium/dark blonde, buy a golden light blonde (or even lightest blonde).

COLOR OOPS... TAKE TWO!
Luckily, I had bought the second box of Color Oops, did another strand test, and decided to leave it in for only 15 minutes this time. I got the same result as the first Oops application (glowing blonde hair), and still little, if any, damage. Stinky, though. I don't notice the smell one day after, if that's any consolation.

THE AFTER GLOW
Realize that the rinsing process is absolutely the most important part of making Color Oops work (yes, I'm reiterating, but honestly it can't be repeated enough). Even after what I thought was excessive rinsing, I did notice that my color darkened overnight, meaning that the first application probably would have done the same thing if I'd been patient. I am still blonde, but not back to my natural caramel blonde. It appears very golden with some glowing reddish tones, which could be from the previous dyeing, but definitely toned down after just 8 hours. I have actually received compliments today on the new color, and told people that I had my hair stripped at the salon. They commented that it didn't appear damaged at all. The results are that good. Just be aware that you will likely have some darkening up to 24 hours after you complete the process (and also take this into account if you are redyeing).

THE END?
Sorry this was so long. I learned quite a bit about Color Oops by reading reviews and realize that this information is invaluable to other people who are thinking about taking the risk to get their hair back to normal (or at least close to it). I hope the detail in this review helps you to relax and embark on your Color Oops adventure!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not Bad At All...

I'll start off by saying it is not a miracle worker- however it did was I wanted to an extent.

Last August, I woke up one morning and decided to...Read complete review

I'll start off by saying it is not a miracle worker- however it did was I wanted to an extent.

Last August, I woke up one morning and decided to dye my hair, which was naturally a nice medium brown and had natural blonde highlights in it, to a rich, ruby red (think Sharon Osbourne.) Recently, I decided it just wasn't for me anymore and I wanted to go blonde. Of course, I never realized how difficult red is to bounce back from.

I thought of all the ways I could get there, bleaching it out runs the risk of it turning orange- dyes aren't always dependable... and then I stumbled upon Color Oops. I read the reviews, and finally figured; "Why not?" So I bought it. I also bought a box of light brown to cover up any possible mistakes that might happen.

First off, people complaining about the smell; it's honestly not THAT bad. Yes, it smells a bit like Rotten Eggs- but lets face it, we've all smelled normal hair dye, and if you can get through that, you'll certainly be able to survive this.

It's not very messy- yes, its not as thick as normal hair dye, but I wouldn't say it was runny or dripping all over. Toss an old towel over your shoulders and you're good to go.

The 20 minute development time passed and I hopped in the shower. Followed the instructions; wash, shampoo, rinse, the whole nine yards- did everything. Got out, and noticed the majority of the red was gone.

And now the fun part; Yes, there was quite a bit of hair that had turned Gold. I wasn't shocked though, I actually expected it. I knew the color dye I had been using would be a royal pain to get out. Anyway, I dried my hair, and then dyed it with the brown I had purchased. It's close to perfect now.

As I said, I didn't expect to get out of the shower and see I was back to my natural color. But I was glad I bought that box of Brown! I knew going into it that there was a chance to come out with Gold hair, so I wasn't shocked or freaking out when it happened.

Overall, if you're going to dye your hair again anyway, but you want to get rid of the color you've got now, it's a good & affordable way to go, in my opinion. Like I said, not a miracle worker, but not a total waste what-so-ever.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It worked

By Jackie

from Texas

describe yourself Beauty Conscious

See all my reviews

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Gentle

Cons

  • Smells Bad

Best Uses

  • Thicker Hair

Comments about Color Oops Hair Color Remover, Extra Strength, 1 Application:

I never write product reviews, but Color Oops saved me. I'm naturally dark brown with highlights, and I recently started coloring at home instead of getting highlights because the highlights were no longer blending the gray. I was trying to go a bit darker, and the color I chose ended up a horrible blue/black.

After that, I proceeded to do everything wrong. I re-colored with another color, which did nothing. Then I tried a different color removal product which left my hair with streaks of orange mixed in with the black, not to mention was extremely harsh. I thought I was buying Color Oops, so shame on me for not doing my research. After that, I re-colored again, which helped, but you could still see black streaks mixed in with the dark brown.

Then I tried Color Oops. It took out the dyes and left a very odd orange color that isn't found in nature. I'm sure it was from the years of highlights plus the earlier color removal product (not Color Oops) that stripped my natural color. But then I re-colored again with the dark brown I should have gone with the first time, and it turned out great. I really can't believe it!

  • Commitment To Color:
  • Permanent

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not bad

By KatieKatie

from Tampa, FL

describe yourself Beauty Conscious

Pros

  • Removes dark color

Cons

  • Dries Out Hair
  • Smells Bad

Best Uses

    Comments about Color Oops Hair Color Remover, Extra Strength, 1 Application:

    I have been dying my hair at home for many years and have usually had great results. A week ago, however, I decided to go red. I had been a box-redhead back in high school and always liked it, so why not? Big mistake. My hair turned practically cherry red at the roots and the bottom half of my hair was a light red color. I tried shampooing the roots several times and nothing changed. I was definitely not going for the two-tone look, so I went online and started searching for ways to get it out. The only product I found readily available near me was Color Oops. I looked through countless reviews and, 3 days after the coloring, decided to buy it. From the reviews I heard that you should also buy an ash-tone hair color to use after Color Oops because it can turn your hair brassy and orange.
    WARNING: If you have ever lightened your hair, you will NOT get your original, natural color back.
    I bought two boxes and only ended up using one, which surprised me because whenever I dye my hair I need two boxes of color. I still would recommend getting two, just in case. The smell is not that bad at first, but after it sits on your head for a while, you will definitely notice that sulfur/rotten egg type smell (throw the bottles away outside of your house asap! The smell will linger for a while!). I let it sit under the provided shower cap for 25 mins (if you have long hair, you may want to buy a larger one separately because my hair is a few inches past my shoulders and it did not fit very well.)I rinsed it and used clarifying shampoo probably 6 times, so I ended up being in the shower for like an hour (playing music in the bathroom helps pass the time :] TEDIOUS PROCESS). It will dry out your hair; my hair already started feeling like straw before I even got out of the shower.
    I let it air dry (I was afraid to dry it out further with the hair dryer!) and could see that my hair was now a light, brassy orangey color. Still, I liked it better than the original awful red, so I deep conditioned it for a few hours and decided to use the hair-dye the next day. I used Ash Blonde by Loreal Excellence and, while I certainly didn't get the color on the box, it toned down the brassy color I had and now it looks like a fairly natural, light brown. All-in-all, it does take dark color out, but you will probably want to be ready with a new box of color right away!

    Things you should buy along with Color Oops:
    A light, ash-tone hair color
    Clarifying shampoo
    A good deep conditioning treatment
    A larger shower cap (If you have long hair)

    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Doesn't work very well, very smelly

    By Tracey F.

    from Calgary, AB

    describe yourself Minimalist

    Pros

      Cons

      • Didn't remove the dye
      • Hard on hair
      • Smells Bad
      • Smell won't go away
      • Time Consuming
      • Too much rinsing
      • Very Smelly

      Best Uses

      • Bad dye job

      Comments about Color Oops Hair Color Remover, Extra Strength, 1 Application:

      I tried to remove some permanent dye with this product, and the results were not impressive. It was very harsh on my hair, and weeks later, my hair still stinks from the product. I would not recommend using this product unless you have BADLY botched a dye job and need to get the colour out.

      • Commitment To Color:
      • Semi-Permanent

      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Do not use this product

      By Wrong decision maker

      from Erie, PA

      describe yourself Beauty Conscious

      Pros

      • NONE

      Cons

      • Bleached my hair
      • Color Misrepresented
      • Messy
      • Smells Bad
      • Too Harsh

      Best Uses

      • none

      Comments about Color Oops Hair Color Remover, Extra Strength, 1 Application:

      I got a professional color (brown)which turned out way too dark with red all over. I researched Color Oops, watching YouTube videos and reading reviews. I decided to try it. I followed the directions exactly. When I was done, my hair was yellow. It had stripped all color out of my hair and left it feeling damaged. And, my head stinks.
      Do NOT use this product. Not worth the chance. And if you do use it, do NOT leave it on for the 20 minutes it says to. You will regret it.

      • Commitment To Color:
      • Permanent

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A MIRACLE!!!

      By Lynn

      from Calistoga, CA

      describe yourself Beauty Conscious

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Gentle
      • Great Color
      • Natural Look
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Color Oops Hair Color Remover, Extra Strength, 1 Application:

          I just finished using this product and I am elated with the results! I normally have light golden blond hair. For some reason I decided to try a new product, though the same light gold blonde shade, and my hair turned out an ugly ashy greenish gray color. I went to my hairdresser who said she could reverse it with brown gold highlights over a light gold blond base. It looked worse than before because the ashy green remained with streaks of a dark brown now. I found this product on this site and drove 40 miles to find it at a [@]. Today I am a gold blond again....no additional coloring needed! I used about 2/3 of the product on my shoulder length fine hair and I watched it as it changed the color. At only 10 minutes I rinsed and washed and conditioned per the directions. Perfection. Thanks to the makers of this amazingly effective product!By the way, the smell did not bother me at all, and my hair and house have no lingering smell. I'm not sure where all of the smell complaints come from.

          • Commitment To Color:
          • Permanent
           
          5.0

          worked beautifully!

          By Jane

          from Irvine, ca

          describe yourself Beauty Conscious

          See all my reviews

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Gentle
          • Great Color
          • Natural Look

          Cons

          • Smells Bad

          Best Uses

          • New Look
          • Thicker Hair

          Comments about Color Oops Hair Color Remover, Extra Strength, 1 Application:

          I used a hair dye specifically for dark hair on my black asian hair and it turned my roots a brown and the rest of my hair was the same. It looked weird so I got color opps! I just used it right now and washed and dried my hair and it came out a to nice medium brown! I was so pleasantly surprised it worked! It came out a bit uneven but it still looks really good. I followed directions carefully so make sure to follow them! I also wrapped my head with the plastic hairnet that was given, along with a towel to keep heat in.

          • Commitment To Color:
          • Permanent

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Worked for me!

          By NatCat

          from Atlanta, GA

          describe yourself Minimalist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • It really works

          Cons

          • Smells Bad

          Best Uses

          • Removing hair color

          Comments about Color Oops Hair Color Remover, Extra Strength, 1 Application:

          Back story: I have naturally dark brown hair, which I had lightened to medium brown. It started getting brassy and I had dark roots coming in, so I decided to color it dark brown to get closer to my natural color. Well, the color on the box was WAY off and my hair was JET black. Not a good look for me. So, I purchased this product to remove the last color I applied. Yes, it stinks to high heaven... but IT WORKS! I didn't rinse it quite as long as directed, but it removed all of the black hair color. To my surprise, after the next two shampoos my color was actually back to it's original color! The product removed my last 2 colorings, so I have my natural color back! Cannot say enough about this product!

          • Commitment To Color:
          • Permanent
           
          5.0

          Color Oops WORKS!!!

          By Lyz

          from San Antonio, TX

          describe yourself Product Junkie

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Gentle
          • No bad smell
          • Worked Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Removed graygreen tint
            • Remove hair color mistake

            Comments about Color Oops Hair Color Remover, Extra Strength, 1 Application:

            I normally just touch-up my dark roots to maintain my light blonde haircolor. I made the mistake of using a different haircolor brand/color over all my hair and ended up with hideous gray/green hair. I researched possible fixes online and several people mentioned how great this product is. I decided I had to try it because nothing else I had tried worked. Within the first 5 minutes of having this on my hair, I could already see the gray/green disappearing! I didn't even need to use a haircolor afterwards...it is perfect as is! THANK YOU to the makers of this product!!! It is AWESOME and I highly recommend it!!!

            • Commitment To Color:
            • Permanent

            (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Worth what I paid for it

            By Lizzie Daugh

            from Chicago

            describe yourself Beauty Conscious

            See all my reviews

            Pros

            • Removes some color

            Cons

            • Doesn't do enough

            Best Uses

            • Remove some color

            Comments about Color Oops Hair Color Remover, Extra Strength, 1 Application:

            I used this to try to remove a recent lighter color and the dark, bad color before that, in an effort to get back to zero. None were lighter than my natural color, so no bleaching was done. It's a little runny, a little smelly, but not that bad. I got impatient and rinsed and shampooed the minimum amount of recommended time because I got stir crazy. It says the more rinsing, the better. I don't know exactly what it did to my hair, which ended up being a new shade overall, although better than what I had, with all my natural shading in there. I am waiting about a week to recolor because I felt it was little rough on my hair, which kind of smelled like burning the first couple days afterward. I used a heavy duty protein leave-in conditioner also.

            If there is a next time, I will probably splurge and go to a salon to have color removed since it's probably more predictable and more effective. If you have a "midnight emergency" I suppose this is better than nothing!

            • Commitment To Color:
            • Permanent

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Color Oops Works!

            By FLGirl

            from Central Florida

            describe yourself Beauty Conscious

            See all my reviews

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • It works

            Cons

            • Sulphur odor

            Best Uses

            • Removing color mishaps

            Comments about Color Oops Hair Color Remover, Extra Strength, 1 Application:

            Ok folks! This product has saved me more than once. The negative reviews on here seem to indicate that the user didn't thoroughly read the directions or they would know:1. Sometimes it takes more than one box to fully remove color.2. It might not go back to your original hair color because the hydrogen peroxide from the previous hair color lifted your natural color, hence the orange, yellow or whatever.3. You should use a protein reconstructor in between using color oops and recoloring your hair to reduce the porosity of your now fragile hair, so it doesn't pull too much new color when you re-dye.4. You may need to use a color corrector like unred or something similar to tone down orange/red tones before you recolor (if you do't know what this, go to [...] and ask).5. Thank Goodness for this product; otherwise you'd be shelling out big bucks plus tip for the same process at a salon. 6. Research is your friend. Google your questions and info about hair color removal and recoloring before attempting it.THANK YOU, COLOR OOPS!

            • Commitment To Color:
            • Permanent

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            Color Oops Hair Color Remover, Extra Strength

             – If you color your hair, you already know the disaster stories. That dream shade you were hoping for turned out way too brassy, or much too dark, or worse - green, blue, or purple. Whether you color at the salon or at home, Color Oops Hair Color Remover will help you remove permanent and semi-permanent hair color - easily, quickly, and affordably.

            A Key Ingredient that is Both Gentle and Effective



            Are you scared to remove your unwanted color because you're concerned about damaging your hair? This formula won't fry your hair, and it won't cause it to fall out. Instead, it contains a unique ingredient called hydrosulfite that shrinks the dye molecules within your hair shaft. There's no ammonia, bleach, or peroxide, all stripping agents that can cause hair to become brittle. Plus, hydrosulfite is so effective, it will work on a dye job that's a year old.

            In 20 Minutes, Get Your Hair Color Back



            It's easy to correct your color mistakes. Simply follow the directions when mixing and applying the product. Make sure you place the Color Oops formula on dry hair. Within 20 minutes, you'll be able to rinse the undesirable color out with warm water and shampoo. It's that simple. Before you get started, it's always a good idea to do a strand test first so you can preview the final result. And the formula is mild enough that you can re-dye your hair on the same day.
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