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L’Oreal – ColorZap Haircolor Remover, Removes all Unwanted Permanent Color

ColorZap removes all unwanted permanent hair color and leaves hair ready for a new shade application. ColorZap is ideal for all color corrections and will allow you to make any desired color changes.ColorZap will not restore hair to its original, natural color. It removes the tint revealing the underlying base from which the natural color has been removed in the haircoloring process.

Key features

  • Ideal for all color corrections
  • Removal of unwanted dark shade, muddy or uneven results or color build-up
  • Allows any desired color changes
  • Leaves hair ready for immediate re-coloring

Honest reviews


It works, but not well enough.

I’ve experimented with different shades through the years, so I’ve tried various hair color removal products in order for my next shade to go evenly. (I also find that red likes to stick to my porous ends forever, despite the fact that its a fast fading color!)This is one of the worst ones yet. First of all, I doubt this stuff is very gentle. I was wearing an old hair raggy dye shirt and it bleached it so bad it ate through the shirt, creating several huge holes. My goodness, I never thought something could completely ruin my old hair dying shirt. I’ve never had anything ‘gentle’ do that before! It’s also liquid-y like water, making the application process real messy. The worst part is it’s very difficult to apply evenly, because once you rub it around your hair clumps to it…it’s almost a glue-ish texture. The only way I could get it to go on evenly was to comb it through, which I did very little of, since it was literally tearing up my hair. Instead I tried to saturate it as much as I could while rubbing it through.It really started to burn after 15 minutes, so I couldn’t wait any longer than that. The results were completely uneven. I found it left some red parts almost untouched (it turned it into a pinkish color) while some other areas were bleached yellow/orange. What I wanted was the yellow/orange all the way through. I had applied it to the end areas first and let that sit for 5-7 minutes before doing the rest of my hair. Even then, I still found the root area to be almost blonde. So be careful for you will see ‘hot roots’ from this stuff quite easily since your scalp area is naturally warmer. So my entire head was real patchy.I’ve applied my new hair color, and thanks to the bad results with this product, I decided to go with a slightly darker color than I had originally intended. Now it looks almost completely even, but you can still see some of the red dye at the tips. This stuff is too damaging to use again. Next time I’ll pick up Ion hair color removal. It is gentler to my hair and is much easier to distribute evenly (plus it doesn’t bleach at all!)The box does lie…it does NOT simply remove the box color, leaving you with the pre-lightened strands it had created. It will lighten it even more than that, IF you can get it all the way through your hair. This stuff burned my skin as soon as it touched it, and yeah, my poor old shirt has finally made it into the trash…

Brigitte Powhatan, VA

perfect for bleached platinum hair

I have bleached hair that i’ve been coloring silver/white for the past 3 months. A week ago i got a little “adventurous” and tried to add a slight blue tint, and to my horror my hair turned a dark royal blue! after washing it 20 times and using Color Corrector from the local Sally’s TWICE, it was still a medium purple/blue color. I literally had to wear a hat to cover it up for the past week! Last night i picked up ColorZap and used it. BANG! The purple/blue is ALL gone, my hair is left whiter than ever (it still has some pinkish and blueish tints at places, but it looks really neat i rather like it :-)). Overall I’m VERY happy with the result, thanks ColorZap!!!! will definitely use again for my next hair coloring disaster!

Kasey Irvington, NY

Does exactly what I expected, can’t ask for much more

So last summer I decided to lighten my hair after 6 years of dying it black with mainly dreaded box color, I proceeded to highlight my new medium brown shade and eventually got pretty light. Winter came and I went back to a level 3n ombre’d to a 7n. My natural hair is dry, curly and a level 6 or 7 so when my roots come in boy the contrast is bad. I took an edgy bright dark purple and put it all over my head and let my hair go atleast 3 months. Now it’s almost summer again and I’ve now used colorzap 3 times. Each time it strips out a significant amount of dark color. I’d say it lightens it 2-3 levels every use. It’s gentle enough that I’m confident in bleach washing my head in two days to a light yellow/orange blonde without my hair going to mush and breaking off as I just stripped my hair again today. my desired result in the end is a bright amazing purple/blue – I can’t wait ! This does work on semi permanent hair color too. To everyone who says this is basically bleach, well it’s called color zap not bleach duh. it’s color pigment eraser…. bleach lightens, this eats color that’s why you get such an ugly flat shade when you rinse out. DUH. good luck and invest in quality treatments/conditioners for after and you will have no problem!!!

Elva Cosby, MO

did not do too much damage

Of course I expected to get some dryness, it is expected since this product had so much dark pigment to lift. I highly recommend for someone who is trying to go a shade or two lighter but not completely blonde. It mostly made my roots yellow but the ends still were darker than I wanted them to be. Still it did a great lift without breaking my hair and no horrible smells.

Vera Rogersville, TN


It works well enough. It turned my hair a blondeish orange color. It didnt really matter to me as I was just trying to remove the hair dye out my hair (it was red) and dye my hair jet black. I would recommend that if you have long, thick hair like I do that you get more than one bottle. I didnt have quite enough to do all my hair. Also I would recommend that when you shake the bottle up (to mix the stuff) to be really careful when opening it. It exploded everywhere when I opened it xD also Dont let it get on your skin as it will bleach your skin and anything else it gets on.

Helene Lukachukai, AZ

Get two bottles for thick or hair longer than shoulder length.

This product worked great but I have thick shoulder length hair and ran out of product. Thankfully, I only needed to colorzap the top layer of my hair but would definitely need 2 bottles for an entire head.

Bobbi Redford, TX

I wanna cry!

I had pre lightened hair with roots. I added some low lights and they didn’t turn out good (too muddy and ashy looking). So I got this color remover at Sally’s. I put it on my hair. It has ammonia in it, smells awful. Anyway, I went through with the application. After literally 5 min, I looked in the mirror and notices my hair below the roots turned platinum blonde. OMG! It felt like I put 100% bleach on my hair. I washed it out immediately. Now, I have dark brown roots and platinum blonde the rest of the hair. Very dreadful look. Why did it lighten my hair so much?! I can’t understand. I thought it was supposed to wash out hair color molecules by shrinking them. I’m surprised my hair is still on my head. I really really really would not recommend this to anyone.

Marisa Wainscott, NY

Simply the best when all else fails

After years of dyeing my hair black, I find it’s nearly impossible to go lighter when the mood strikes me. Normally I go for the box bleach. When that fails, to Sally’s for some 8-10 levels of lift bleach with a 40 developer. When THAT fails, I turn to this.By the time I turn to this product, my hair is so damaged it stretches. So the fact I can use it and still have any hair left speaks to how (comparatively) non damaging it is.It is still bleach-like. It did bleach my roots to a bright brassy yellow. It did froth up and smell like bleach, and bleach my towel. But whatever it has in it removes color that regular bleach won’t touch, without being TOO damaging. I’ve tried Color Oops! which is slightly less effective, more gentle, but MUCH more time consuming.I have had the best results with using Color Oops! first, then this bleach-like solution over it. I was able to get my bleach-proof black to a copper penny red with one application

Erin Capron, VA

Don’t even consider it

I’ve been coloring my own hair for almost 10 years, and tried Colorzap after paying a ridiculous amount of shipping for it. First of all, the box was tattered and beaten up, and second of all, the product is horrible. Try Color Oops (which is what I usually used, but wondered if Colorzap would be better). I had a dark brown to blonde ombre, and was going to lighten my hair before going back to red. My blonde ends didn’t lighten at all, the middle of my hair is still nearly black, and the top is a patchy, patchy bleach job. It’s 10:16pm and I’m considering running to Walmart to grab a box of bleach to try and even out the color. I’m highly disappointed and, to be honest, pretty upset. The product was watery and horrible to spread, and gave me knots worse than a rats nest.Sticking with my Color Oops 🙁

Nina Lake Bluff, IL

The treatment worked faster and better than expected

After reading the instructions, I decided I needed to add the developer and go for up to 30 minutes, because I had used demi-permanent red color on a human hair wig and did not like it. Being not very experienced, I was somewhat afraid to put this on the wig, so first I tried several other ways to remove the color, like washing with Dawn, and Tide, before I used ColorZap. First of all the other ways only lightened the color a bit, and still made the hair feel very dry and damaged. When I put ColorZap on, it had done the trick in about 5-10 minutes instead of the 30 I was expecting, and as far as I could tell the hair was no more damaged than before I used it. I’d have been better off to have just used this to start with. Now I am back to blonde I started with, if not a bit lighter. But sadly, because of the Dawn and Tide drying the wig, and my extensive use of conditioner, the knots loosened and a lot of the hair came out before I used ColorZap. Well, this has definitely been a learning experience. Next time I’ll just use ColorZap, and keep the conditioner off the knots. It’s a good thing I did not like that wig anyway.

Cherry Linwood, MI