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Monday, May 20, 2013

How To Get Clean FAST After The Color Run

The Color Run 5K... it's all about fun and happy... but at some point you've got to get clean! My friends and I were completely covered in color  - even under our clothes! 

Somehow, a TON of blue landed on me.

It looked like someone had swung and hit me with a Smurf. Even my feet were covered in blue. I have no idea how it got in my shoes and through my socks!  

The question is... how do you get clean afterwards?

The Color Run does provide some suggestions on how to get clean post race, but we didn't find it very helpful, so I thought I'd share what worked for me and what didn't.  

Before beginning the race, here are some things you might want to do: 
- Bring an old towel to cover the seats in your car. The powder WILL get all over them. 
- Put your phone in a sandwich bag to keep the color from staining your case or getting into the fine cracks. 
- If you have light colored hair, put some coconut oil in your hair to keep the color from absorbing...unless you want multi-colored hair! My friend Megan has blonde hair and still ended up with a light pink tinge to her hair for a few days afterwards.
We brought baby wipes along so we could clean up right away. While that helped to remove the loose powder, it didn't remove the staining. My friends and I were a little concerned at that point. Someone mentioned baby oil would help remove the color. I decided to take the idea of the oil and combine it with some brown sugar and honey for a scrub, but the idea didn't pan out at all. The coconut oil just made my bath tub greasy. The bar of natural soap wasn't doing it. 

Not going to lie, I was starting feel a bit panicked. If an exfoliant wouldn't get this out...what would?? 

But then I wondered... would conventional shampoo work? 

It contains sodium laureth sulfate, a chemical that is used as a degreaser in garages and strips color (according to my hair stylist). It's very strong stuff and the reason I don't use conventional shampoo anymore. This bottle happened to belong to a family member, so I stole some from them - shhhhh! 

I squirted some Suave on a washcloth, rubbed it where the color was, and the minute the shampoo hit the color, the color dissolved! Amazing... and scary at the same time. 

Imagine what this does to your hair - especially if your hair is color treated!

Within 60 minutes, I was 100% clean. Even my nails and hands, which were virtually black from all the colors muddling together and looked like they would be permanently stained, look normal. My nails aren't stained at all. I do recommend having a nail brush or some kind of brush on hand just so you can get it off of your feet. Shampoo with sodium laureth sulfate is very drying, so a little bit of coconut oil as a "lotion" afterwards helped restore the moisture.

That's it - shockingly simple. I've heard horror stories of people who lived with stained arms, legs, and faces for days. Make sure you have a bottle of shampoo with sodium laureth sulfate on hand, and you should be good to go!


  1. Hi Erin! I was so excited to get your comment! I didn't know that you would see that I linked to your blog. Cool!
    Thanks for being awesome :)

  2. Thank you for this post. Will try it out in September.

  3. Thank you so much for this post! I found it a few days ago and my Hubby and I did the Color Run today. He had to go to work a couple of hours after we finished and the shampoo worked like a charm! Strangely, we had the same shampoo you used. It was tucked away in the linen cupboard.

  4. LIFE SAVER! Thank you so much for this. I found your tip before I did the Color Run and bookmarked it. Just got out of the shower and you were so right. I tried my exfoliating scrub and it didn't do anything. I tried this next and I'm amazed at how fast the color came out. It was the only thing that worked.

  5. they FINALLY posted some deets on this!

  6. Keep your hair clean. Hair tangles when dirt and sweat build up, wash your hair after exercise, swimming etc. Brush your hair and remove all tangles before washing it. Wash your hair going in a downward motion. Use a good quality shampoo, your stylist can advise you what product is best for your hair. When lots of water is added at once to very dry hair, hair can swell up and tangle. Gradually wet the hair and brush gently before you completely wash it. This is more common with less expensive extension hair.

  7. Worked for me also, I had blue hands and nails! I found some suave daily cleansing shampoo in my closet too.

  8. I wish I could say this worked for me. I have a moisturizing body wash with this ingredient that didn't work too well. So I tried the shampoo and it was worse than the wash. I got much of it off but I've definitely got blue spots still and a completely blue armpit 2 days and 4+ showers later :/

  9. I will add though, for nails, mine had a coat of clear polish before hand and didn't get dyed at all :) so hopefully that can help a little

  10. Thanks for the post. My three kids went to their High School "Muck Fest" tonight and came home a .mess. I just happen to have that exact shampoo at home which was wonderful. It helped with the big areas and spots, just a little harder to get out of the scalp area.

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  12. anyone know how to remove the "color" from the bath tub?

    1. Doctor Seuss covered this topic. Read The Cat in the Hat came back. It seemed that Voom worked.

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