Wash your hair to remove any product buildup. You want the color remover to have easy access to that hair color, so don't block its path with gel and hairspray.
Wrap an old towel around your shoulders. This will catch drips and help protect your clothes. For safety's sake, don't wear a shirt you love just in case some of the color remover or exiting hair color gets on it. Now is a good time to slip on those latex gloves, too, so you don't dry out your hands.
Mix your color remover according to the package directions. Typically, the color remover comes in two separate bottles, which you combine to activate the color-removing goodness.
Apply the color remover all over your hair. Soak your hair with the color remover -- don't be stingy. Use your hands to gently, but firmly, massage that color remover into your hair so it gets into every strand for even removal of that nasty color.
Let the color remover work its magic for the recommended time. Set a timer so you don't leave the color remover on your hair any longer than necessary.
Rinse out the color remover once the time has elapsed. When the bell tolls for thee, rinse your hair until the water runs clear and your hair is back to the color it was before this whole mess started.
Apply a moisturizing conditioner to your hair, let it soak in for a minute, then rinse. This will help restore moisture to your hair and seal up the opened cuticle. Your hair color has now traveled back in time and you're ready to color again, if necessary.
Reach for a hair color remover that claims to only remove artificial pigment without the use of ammonia, bleach or peroxide. This will ensure that only the artificial dye you put on your hair gets removed, and not your own natural hair color.
Since you've used a gentle, ammonia and bleach-free color remover, your can recolor your hair immediately without stressing about damage to your hair.
If you colored your hair more than 48 hours earlier, then you'll likely need to use an extra-strength formula for removal.