Five Homemade Solutions to Remove Hair Dye

You can take advantage of the properties of some natural ingredients that facilitate hair dye removal if your coloring results aren't to your liking.
Five Homemade Solutions to Remove Hair Dye

Last update: 19 February, 2021

Choosing the right hair dye can be a difficult task. This is because the results are unpredictable. For instance, it could be too dark or coppery or simply a color you don’t like. Luckily, there are some homemade solutions to remove hair dye if the results aren’t to your liking.

Today’s article contains five solutions to use instead of scissors or bleaching. Don’t miss them!

Why remove hair dye?

Well, you must keep in mind that your hair isn’t a blank “canvas.”

Furthermore, the color of natural hair isn’t uniform, even though it may seem that way. Any mane has lighter and darker areas and, of course, this influences the hair coloring result.

Thus, the result depends on your natural hair color, its highlights, dark areas, traces of previous dyes, and so on.

As you can see, it’s normal to feel uncomfortable and want to change a color that’s not even close to what you wanted.

You have two options:

  • Wait a couple of weeks to see if the dye lightens a little with the usual washes
  • Remove the dye at home. This can be aggressive, so it isn’t the most recommended option, according to hair specialists.

Continue reading to learn about some dye removal methods.

Vegetable oil

Coconut processed in various ways.

Vegetable oil is a hydrating substance that can help treat damaged hair. In fact, it won’t just help remove hair dye when used hot but will also moisturize it. You may not know it but most bleaching products dry hair.


  • 2 c. of olive or coconut oil
  • 2 c. of water

What to do

  • Firstly, heat the coconut or olive oil in a boiling water bath until it’s warm (don’t overheat it)
  • Wash your hair well and remove the excess water
  • Then, apply the oil from root to tips, wrap it up in a towel, and let it sit for one hour
  • Rinse with warm water

2. Vitamin C tablets

This remedy is simple and inexpensive as it only requires two ingredients. The best part is it doesn’t damage your hair. Keep in mind that this remedy won’t work on hair that’s been processed with ammonia-based dyes.


  • 1 shampoo bottle
  • 2 tbsp of water
  • 3 vitamin C tablets (the effervescent kind)

What to do

  • Firstly, dissolve the vitamin C tablets in the water
  • Then, pour the mixture into the shampoo bottle and use it when you wash your hair for at least a week to see results

3. Laundry detergent

A close up of laundry detergent.

This is an aggressive method that might overdry your hair but some people swear by it. It’s as simple as washing your hair with laundry detergent.

  • Don’t use too much detergent; don’t use it too often
  • Do a moisturizing treatment after using this method, it’s essential to counteract dryness


  • Plenty of water
  • Conditioner
  • 1 tbsp of laundry detergent powder

What to do

  • Firstly, soak your hair and apply powder detergent from root to tips
  • Then, scrub your scalp gently (keep it away from your eyes and mouth) and leave it on for five minutes
  • Then, rinse it with plenty of water
  • Apply the conditioner and keep it for five minutes; detergent tends to dry out hair so it’ll counteract the damage
  • Finally, you’ll have to repeat this procedure every other day for a week before you notice any results

4. Lemon rinse to remove hair dye

Lemon has multiple uses and one of them is good for lightening hair. Furthermore, it’s also unpredictable as it’ll only lighten the tone of your hair. Be careful to not get it in your eyes or on an open wound as citruses are a form of acid.


  • The juice of five lemons
  • 4 or 5 tbsp of water

What to do

  • Firstly, wash your hair with shampoo as normally do
  • When it foams enough, add the lemon juice and massage
  • Leave it on for about 5 minutes and rinse with water
  • Apply conditioner and let it sit for 3 to 5 minutes
  • Rinse with water (repeat this process as many times as you want as it’ll be a while before you notice any results, they’ll be permanent though)

5. Lemon hair mask

A bowl of lemon juice.
Lemon juice is useful in the removal of hair dyes due to its citric acid content.

According to popular wisdom, you can also apply a lemon mask to your hair for a few minutes. Allow it to dry in order to sweep out the dye.

This method is also quite aggressive and tends to dry out the hair, so proceed with caution.

Moisturize your hair whether you want to remove hair dye or not

Finally, keep in mind that anything in excess can damage your hair. Thus, use natural remedies and moisturize your mane and keep it healthy and shiny, and also to prevent further damage.

Finally, these home remedies to remove hair dye are healthy and non-invasive. Not only they won’t damage your hair but will actually strengthen.

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