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December 4, 2017

How to Remove Hair Color at Home Fast

No more expensive salon visits! Follow this easy DIY method to remove hair color at home. Now you can strip hair dye quickly and naturally!

Without using bleach.


I haven’t had dark silver hair for that long, but I’m already itching to try something new. If you’re wondering how I got the silver color, then head over to my silver ombre hair dye tutorial.

Now rose gold is next on my list. But like anyone with crazy hair knows, pastels show their truest colors when dyed on a pale platinum blonde.

Needless to say, this silver I have going on is simply not a good base. If I were to dye rose gold on top, it would look muddled and purple-ish.

No more expensive salon visits! Follow this easy DIY method to remove hair color at home. Now you can strip hair dye quickly and naturally!

I switch between hair dyes frequently, and a lot of people ask me how I go from one to the next so quickly all while keeping my hair healthy. So I figured it was time to make a tutorial on how I remove hair color.

Over the counter removers aren’t an option because they often have harsh chemicals. And bleach is an absolute no go because it fries your hair.

So I always use my go-to DIY method. It’s a super easy way to remove hair color, and you probably already have most of the ingredients you need!


No more expensive salon visits! Follow this easy DIY method to remove hair color at home. Now you can strip hair dye quickly and naturally!What to Know Before You Begin

This is the hair color I started with. But no matter if you have neon green or pastel pink, this method will still work. However, it works best on recently dyed hair.

If you have a stubborn color or it has been in your hair for a long time, note that you will probably have to repeat this method a few times to completely remove the dye.

Your hair will feel dry following the color removing treatment, but it’s nothing a quick conditioning sesh in the shower can’t fix.


No more expensive salon visits! Follow this easy DIY method to remove hair color at home. Now you can strip hair dye quickly and naturally!What You Need

Necessary to Remove Hair Color

Shampoo: I’m using an Aussie shampoo I already have. But a clarifying shampoo or an anti dandruff shampoo would work even better.

Dish Soap: Any dish soap works fine!

Vitamin C PowderI’m crushing up some Vitamin C tablets I have around the house. But I would definitely suggest getting Vitamin C powder if you can. It’s so much easier and will dissolve perfectly into your hair color remover concoction!

Mixing BrushI find it easiest to mix everything up with a brush, but a spoon will work fine too.

Mixing BowlYou’ll need something to mix everything up in.

GlovesIf you have sensitive skin, you might want to wear gloves since the mixture can be a little drying.

Optional for More Intense Color Removal

White Vinegar

Baking Soda

“Toner” for Removing Residual Color

oVertone Conditioner: I always find this super helpful. Learn more about what I mean in the section titled, “Removing Residual Hair Color”. If you end up needing it, follow this link to get $10 off your first purchase with oVertone!


Instructions to Remove Hair Color

No more expensive salon visits! Follow this easy DIY method to remove hair color at home. Now you can strip hair dye quickly and naturally!

1. Put Vitamin C powder in the bowl

I crushed up 11 Vitamin C tablets for this mixture. If you’re using the powder I suggested, that’s about 5.5 teaspoons.

No more expensive salon visits! Follow this easy DIY method to remove hair color at home. Now you can strip hair dye quickly and naturally!

2. Add dish soap and shampoo

The actual amount will differ for each person depending on how much hair you have. A good rule of thumb is to just use equal parts of both dish soap and shampoo. If you’re including vinegar or baking soda, continue that 1:1 ratio.

No more expensive salon visits! Follow this easy DIY method to remove hair color at home. Now you can strip hair dye quickly and naturally!

3. Mix it all up

Continue mixing until the Vitamin C powder has dissolved and the paste is smooth.

No more expensive salon visits! Follow this easy DIY method to remove hair color at home. Now you can strip hair dye quickly and naturally!

4. Wet your hair

Either shower or run a wet comb through your hair. You’ll be able to work the mixture through a lot more easily.

No more expensive salon visits! Follow this easy DIY method to remove hair color at home. Now you can strip hair dye quickly and naturally!

5. Apply the mixture

You want to really work the paste into your hair as if you’re shampooing. Scrub hard and rub your hair between your hands like you’re trying to start a fire.

Do this for as long as you can stand–the longer the better. I scrubbed for about 15 minutes.

If you ever feel like the mixture isn’t soapy enough, just add a little more water and it should sud up again.

No more expensive salon visits! Follow this easy DIY method to remove hair color at home. Now you can strip hair dye quickly and naturally!

You’ll know it’s working because as you scrub, your soapsuds will faintly turn the color you’re attempting to remove.

No more expensive salon visits! Follow this easy DIY method to remove hair color at home. Now you can strip hair dye quickly and naturally!

6. Cover and wait 30 minutes

This will give your hair a chance to absorb the mixture and release the dye.

7. Hop in the shower and scrub again

You’ll basically just be repeating step 5, except in the shower. Being in the shower helps because you’ll need to rewet your hair a few times to keep the suds going.

8. Rinse in hot water

After rinsing, follow up with a good conditioner.

9. Repeat (if necessary)

If your hair dye didn’t remove as much as you would like the first time, just repeat all of the steps again until you’re satisfied.

Remember, you can always include white vinegar or baking soda if your color is stubborn.


No more expensive salon visits! Follow this easy DIY method to remove hair color at home. Now you can strip hair dye quickly and naturally!

Removing Residual Hair Color

You might go through steps 1-9 and find that your hair is pretty light, but it still has a faint hue of what used to be there. That was the case for me.

The dark silver color I use is blue-based. So when I washed out the majority of the silver, a tinge of blue was left on my otherwise platinum locks.

The solution is to follow up with a conditioner from oVertone. Choose the conditioner color opposite of your current hair color based on the color wheel.

For example, since I had a blue tone, I went with the oVertone Pastel Orange Conditioner. Orange and blue are opposite on the color wheel, and therefore cancel each other out, leaving a neutral color.

If you need to tone your hair to remove residual color, then follow this link to get $10 off your first purchase with oVertone!


Results

No more expensive salon visits! Follow this easy DIY method to remove hair color at home. Now you can strip hair dye quickly and naturally!

I’m back to a blank slate and it feels great! Now on to that rose gold color…

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