Originally Posted by Lisa1975
I think I went through every hair colour there is for about 10 years. Natural, red, darker red, brown, black, light brown, red again, then blonde, blonder and very blonde. Finally blonde on top and black underneath.
Hehe...I'm much the same, though I've mostly gone back and forth between red and black (which doesn't suit me at all, as I'm very pale with light eyes). I also had a short-lived orange phase.
Anyway, the last time I dyed it black, I got tired of it very quickly and decided I wanted to go back to something lighter (I hadn't actually intended it to be black; I was trying to go back to my natural brown, but it turned out really dark). I didn't want to go to a professional since I thought I could handle it myself. So I stripped it at home. Any professional hairdresser will tell you this is a grievous sin...and in the vast majority of cases, they're right. I was very, very lucky. I didn't fry my hair or turn it green, but I did turn it orange...since I was going back to red, though, that wasn't a problem...I'm sure it would be for the thread starter. I was going to just lighten it up, then cover it with red. The thing is, my hair is very porous, so it worked much more quickly than it should have. I really had to watch it. At the rate it was going, it would have been platinum in another 5 or 10 minutes. It worked for me once, but I was actually pretty scared the whole time. I wouldn't do it again.
So I guess what I'm saying is that it is possible
to strip hair dye at home, but you're really taking a risk. You should definitely go to a professional.