Techmom, I'm really afraid if you try to remove permanent color you will horribly damage your hair. I don't know of a safe way to do it. Unless you are totally frustrated with your hair, I wouldn't try it.

Prell shampoo will strip out a little of the color in your hair. It will lighten it a little. I've used it when my hair has been too dark. It is pretty drying though. You can google Prell and see if there is info on the internet. It's available in most drugstores.

Udoknow, what happened at the salon? When I had salon coloring in the past they always made my hair much too dark - like shoe polish. I always buy much lighter shades of L'oreal Preference to use on my hair because my hair grabs color and it always comes out darker than on the box. Do you want dark brown color?

It's so much trial and error
2/c Coarse hair med. density.
Highly porous. Color over grey.
I love all the Curl Junkie products. Still experimenting with gels and curl creams. Still hoping for 2nd day hair....
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