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Monday, October 15, 2012

How to Get Color Run Powder Out of Your Hair

Beware blondes!
Color run powder/Holi powder will make you crazy when trying to wash it out of your hair! The pinks/yellows/reds aren't so bad--it's those blues and greens you've got to watch out for!

I did a lot of research before we had our colored powder photo session with Kelly a few weeks ago. Thank goodness for my sister-in-law, Jeana, who had mentioned the Color Run a few months back and how the powder stains blonde hair. I most likely wouldn't have even thought about it staining...but it does! Most of the research I did said to wear a hat to protect your hair if you are going to be around Holi Powder. Well, since I didn't want to wear a hat for our photos, I kept researching.  Here's what I came up with and did to protect my hair from being a lovely shade of faded blue and green.

The first thing I probably SHOULDN'T have done is gotten my hair highlighted that day. Oops. But I had the whole natural ombre/dark roots thing going on and I wasn't a fan. And as I've mentioned here before, I'm stubborn. I wanted my hair to look good in the pics and I would deal with the consequences later.

Also, the powder we used was the actual powder used in Holi Festival in India. It came from India! I think maybe that the Color Run powder is probably more...domestic than the stuff we used. Ha.

Pre-Color Powder:
There are two reasons I wore my hair up for our pictures
1) Hair up = less surface area to be stained
2) The research I had done said to put some sort of castor oil or coconut oil in your hair in order to prevent staining. This was supposed to coat your hair so it would wash out easily. I put coconut oil in my hair. I put my hair up because it looked really greasy with the oil in there if it wasn't up. Don't skip this step! Use coconut oil!

This was right after we got home from taking the pictures. About to start the process of washing out the blue and green. Yikes.

Post-Color Powder:
1) This is the worst part, but you have to rinse your hair with cold water. I just leaned over the tub and went for it. Burrrr.
2) First I rinsed out as much of the color as possible just by using water. Don't use any product on it yet. This got out a lot of the color. I had a huge blob of blue and green on the left side of my head that was refusing to rinse out. And so begins my frustration and panic.
3) I halved a lemon and squeezed all over the blue spots that were not rinsing out. The lemon didn't help AT ALL.
4) After the lemon, I used the shampoo for the first time. That wasn't helping either. 
5) Then I had Will sprinkle baking soda all over the stained spots and then pour vinegar on it. He was having way too much fun with this part. He kept saying he felt like he was making a volcano science project. And it FELT like a fizzing volcano on my head too! This process didn't work. Boo.
6) At this point I got in the shower and just started washing my hair with whatever shampoos I had. I was really getting nervous. Mane 'n Tail shampoo seemed to help the best out of all the shampoos I tried. Still didn't get it all out though.
7) Ok, this is when I broke out the big guns. When I said the cold water was the worst part, I lied. This is the worst. Ketchup. Yes, like Heinz Ketchup. I had read that this or tomato paste would help. I globbed it all over my blue stained hair and it got out a ton of the color. Besides almost gagging several times, I was pretty thankful for that ketchup.

I still had blue in my hair, but I decided to give it a rest for the night.

By Sunday morning and another round of Ketchup treatment, my hair still looked like this. Oh, boy. Luckily I could part my hair on the other side and cover it up for church.

Sunday night, I used Ajax and baking soda. That's what got the rest of the color out. And luckily, it smelled much better than ketchup. My last resort was going to be mayonnaise. GAG. So glad I didn't have to do that. 

All in all, I am still so glad we took those photos. The fun we had canceled out the stress of washing out the color stain. However, after washing my hair so many times, it really dulled down my freshly done color. Oh well. You win some, you lose some. 

Good luck! Hope these tips help you!
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Taylor @ Goings on in Texas said...

Such a great post!! I am a brunette but a lighter shade. I am running in a color run on Nov 17th and I plan on tucking this post away for further use. ;) Thanks for posting!! Sorry it took so many washes to get that stuff out!!

Jessa O said...

Just found your blog through a hop. So glad that I did. absolutely love your blog. I love this tip because we are running at the end of the month. Come check out my blog if you like.


Evelyn Bryson said...

where did you get your powder?

ShaunaQ said...

I found you on the Aloha Friday Bloghop! I love this post! But I found it too late. We did the color run in January and it was in the rain!!! my BFF and I are both blond and her hair stained purple. Mine stained pink.

So messy!!!

New follower!

Kari Severson said...

Ketchup did not work at all for green.

Kari Severson said...

Ketchup did not work at all for green.

Chula Mia said...

Thanks so much for posting this! I'm about to do the Philly run next week. My baptism is the very next day. What was I thinking!? LOL I'm so hoping the color will come out of my hair. I'd be so embarrassed if I turned the waters into a rainbow. Well...on second thought that might actually be kinda cool. :-)

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Janna Cooper said...
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Janna Cooper said...

wow!!! Colorful celebrations, I love most. Event celebration with colors, really it's a great experience.

Unknown said...

Thankkkk youuuu , i'll try it becouse i dont know what to do with my hair hahahah it's pink !

The laughing Fools said...

Thanks for this my hair is naturally blonde and silverish gold, I'm not worried about my hair getting stained but it was great on how to get ideas to get it out thankyou!, I'm doing it next weekend, I'm 14 and doing it with my family :)

Unknown said...

Color Run is the only event where you get to party once you cross the finish line. The event is immensely popular all over the world and although runners do not receive any prizes, they are showered with colour run powder, which is made of corn starch. Color Run is not your typical fun run event because it puts more emphasis on fun. Even first-time runners are welcome and for families who are looking for a unique way to bond with children, Color Run is a great idea to consider. Participants need to pay for the registration fees, which may vary from region to region.

Beach Life said...

Trying to find out if blonde hair can be stained from the paint used at the life in color paint parties

Unknown said...

Colour run powder is made of very fine dust, which may get in your eyes. Protect your eyes by wearing laboratory protective eyewear, sunglasses or swim goggles. You may also have to scrub it harder to completely remove the dust. You may also wear gloves or a hat if you are going to report for work the next day.

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