How to Remove Hair Dye


Authored by Brandy Burgess in Hair Care
Published on 10-04-2009

Let’s face it. We don’t always get what we want when it comes to coloring our hair. Whether it turns out too dark, too light, or a completely horrific color, there are times when your “not so hot” color must go. Natural treatments are always best to try first as they are the least damaging to your hair. If the color simply refuses to budge then you may have to see a professional or use color removing hair products. Give these simple at home methods a try on how to remove hair dye.

Detergent to Remove Hair Dye

Head to your wash room and grab your laundry detergent. I recommend using a well known detergent such as “Tide”. Remember not to use bleach but a normal detergent for colors. Use a small amount of the detergent to wash your hair in the shower. It’s important to rinse it out thoroughly as leaving it in your hair could cause damage. Repeat this several times to remove all of the hair dye.

Dandruff Shampoo to Remove Hair Dye

Using an anti-dandruff shampoo, such as Head and Shoulders, may work to remove dye from the hair. Mix an anti-dandruff shampoo with baking soda and apply the mixture to wet hair in the shower. Rinse the mixture out and repeat several times to remove all of the hair dye.

Dish Soap to Remove Hair Dye

Use a blue dish soap, such as Dawn, and mix it with some of your regular shampoo. Apply the soap to your hair and wash as usual. Rinse and repeat as necessary. Be careful to only use a small amount (3 to 4 drops) of the dish soap as it can dry out the hair rather quickly.

Color Remover to Remove Hair Dye

For hair dye colors that just won’t go away with any home remedies, try a store purchased color remover. Products such as “Color Oops Hair Color Remover”, “Jheri Redding Color Fix”, “L’Oreal Color Zap”, “Jerome Rusell’s Punky Off”, and “Roux Clean Touch” all work to remove the dye out of the hair using chemicals. Read the directions carefully to avoid damaging your hair.

Hot Oil Treatments to Remove Hair Dye

Hot oil treatments can be effective in removing hair dye. Not only does it generally fade the color of the hair, but it also is great as a deep conditioning treatment. It’s important to only repeat a hot oil treatment at a maximum of once a week to avoid damaging the hair from the heat.

How to Remove Hair Dye

Beauty takes time so remember that you may have to repeat these methods more than once. The hair may fade slowly depending on how dark the dye color is. If your hair dye job is lighter than your natural color, only recoloring your hair again will fix it. It’s only possible to remove hair dye that is darker than your natural color. Even with this home remedies, it may be difficult to remove every trace of the dye.


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