Four Natural Ways to Remove Hair Dye

Some natural products can help you remove hair dye little by little, but there's no way to get rid of it immediately.
Four Natural Ways to Remove Hair Dye

Last update: 04 January, 2021

When you don’t like the way your hair looks after a makeover, you may consider finding natural ways to remove hair dye so it doesn’t get damaged even more.

The first thing you need to consider is that applying dye will significantly alter your hair. Therefore, you have to think about it before you do it. Impulses can play a nasty trick and make you regret your decision.

If you’ve already changed your look and you’re not comfortable with it, you may be wondering what you can do about it.

That being said, if you’ve already dyed your hair and you’re looking for a way to remove it, there are some natural options that can at least help lighten it. Remember these won’t work miracles and the results will vary depending on how strong the dye is.

How to avoid common hair dyeing mistakes

There are plenty of mistakes you can make when dying your hair. However, there are certain things you can do to prevent the most common errors before you break open the bottle, such as:

  • Don’t buy cheap hair dye that’ll stain or make your hair fall out. Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic found that some cheap dies can burn your scalp and cause itching and flaking.
  • Use the right amount of dye for your hair. If you have fuller or very long hair you might need more than one bottle for good distribution and to get the results you want.
  • See a trained professional. Someone without experience could easily damage your hair or leave some areas undyed.
  • If you dye your hair blond, red, purple, etc., don’t use products and treatments designed for dyed hair. Over time the color will fade and start to turn orange.

Natural ways to remove hair dye

There are some natural products that you can use to help get rid of your hair dye faster. However, there’s no evidence of its safety and efficacy. If you notice any unfavorable reaction, immediately discontinue its use.

Keep in mind that their effects aren’t instantaneous and you must be very careful when using them, as some ingredients can be harsh on fine hair.

While these products are generally safe, you should always do a patch test before you apply it all over your head. That will help you avoid adverse or unwanted reactions.

1. Vinegar mask

This baking soda and apple cider vinegar mask can help get rid of hair dye little by little. Baking soda is a natural exfoliant that helps remove impurities. Vinegar has been traditionally used as a natural conditioner.

Keep in mind that this method can be too abrasive for someone with fine, fragile hair and a sensitive scalp. If that’s the case, you should skip this particular recipe or use it sparingly and carefully.



  • Plastic container
  • Shower cap


  • In a bowl, add the water and apple cider vinegar
  • Mix well until a homogeneous product is obtained


  • Apply this mixture throughout your hair
  • Once your hair is thoroughly moistened, gently massage your scalp for a few minutes
  • Cover your head with a shower cap and leave it on for a few minutes
  • After that time, rinse your hair with plenty of warm water

If your hair color is very dark, you can repeat this treatment three times a week, maximum. You may also need to increase the proportions of each ingredient, based on how much hair you have.

2. Natural ways to remove hair dye: shampoo

A woman washing her hair.

Dandruff shampoo’s active ingredient is something called selenium sulfide. When you combine selenium sulfide with baking soda, it can help remove hair dye.

Again, this is a gradual process that won’t give you immediate results. Use it at least twice a week if you want to see changes, and avoid it if your hair is fine or brittle.


  • Anti-dandruff shampoo (as much as needed)
  • 2 tbsp. of baking soda


  • 1 glass container


  • Choose the amount of shampoo that you use normally for washing your hair
  • Mix well in the baking soda in the glass container


  • Apply this to your hair just like you would your normal shampoo
  • Massage it in and let it act for a few minutes
  • Finally, rinse with plenty of water

Remember that baking soda’s a product that usually dries out the hair, so it has to be used in minimum quantities and in moderation. If you use it several times in a week to remove hair dye, your hair could be excessively damaged.

3. Natural ways to remove hair dye: lemon juice

Lemon juice is on the natural ways to remove hair dye.

An oat milk and lemon mixture can help lighten your hair when applying dyes. However, it’s a mixture that can dry it out when left on too long. Make sure you apply it sparingly, for up to five minutes. If you notice an unfavorable reaction, stop using it.


  • 5 drops of lemon juice
  • Warm oat mill (as much as needed)


  • Add both ingredients in a container and stir until mixed well
  • Apply to hair and leave on for a few minutes
  • Then, rinse with plenty of warm water

4. Lemon and olive oil

Lemon can help get rid of some of the hair dye, given its acidity. However, it can also damage it, which is why it should be used in minimal quantities and always together with some other ingredient that provides deep hydration (such as olive oil, for example).


  • 4 drops of lemon juice
  • Olive oil (as much as necessary)


  • Mix both ingredients in a bowl


  • Firstly, wash your hair as you normally would in the shower
  • Secondly, make the shampoo foam and let it rest for 5 minutes
  • Apply the mixture on the shampoo
  • Distribute it all over the hair with circular massages and leave it on for about 5 minutes
  • Then, apply conditioner to the hair and leave it for 5 more minutes (this is optional)
  • Finally, rinse the hair with plenty of warm water


While nothing can completely remove hair dye, some of these mixtures can help you get rid of it little by little. However, since we don’t have scientific evidence of their safety and effectiveness, always use with caution. Be especially careful if you have fragile hair or a sensitive scalp.

In short, to naturally remove hair dye without mistreating your hair you have to be very well informed and, preferably, go to your hairdresser so the expert can give you their advice.

Otherwise, you have to be patient and wait for your hair to lighten a bit, after several washings. It’s true this can be difficult when you don’t have the color you want, but it’s necessary to avoid resorting to measures that can damage it.

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