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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”.


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.


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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8 Comments

  • Roxanne

    I have a 2-3″ gray outgrowth and I’m going to be 60 next week and I’m ready to go all gray. Could I use this process?

    February 28, 2019 at 6:38 pm Reply
    • Maya

      Hi Roxanne,

      First of all, happy early birthday! To answer your question, it’s hard to know exactly how well this process will work for you if I don’t know what color hair dye you currently have.

      If you have more of a natural color hair dye, you may be interested in trying a remedy from the store. My #1 suggestion is One ‘N Only Color Fix. This is my go-to brand when I’m not doing a DIY remedy at home and it works great! Basic directions are as follows:

      1. Mix equal parts of bottle 1 and bottle 2 in a bowl. (Throw bottle 3 out. It is useless and ends up reversing the effects of 1 & 2)
      2. Apply generously to dry hair.
      3. Cover in shower cap and set timer for 20 mins.
      4. Alternate every other minute between blow drying warm air and massaging hair while still in shower cap.
      5. After 20 mins shower and rinse well. Repeat if necessary.

      March 1, 2019 at 12:09 pm Reply
  • Joan

    I have a dark brown in & im naturally gray & would like to go bad to natural color. Would I be ok to try the home remedy?

    March 27, 2019 at 4:29 pm Reply
    • Maya

      Hi Joan,

      You would be ok to try this home remedy, but it may not work as well as it did in my post. In my experience it tends to work better with semi permanent dyes/unnatural color dyes.

      March 28, 2019 at 1:16 pm Reply
  • Janet

    Hi I’ve dyed my hair black now at home for 13yrs and I want to strip it out now I have tried every shop bought hair stripper a waste of space I want to know what’s best to strip my hair completely then I can go a lighter shade my natural colours mousy brown but I’m nearly 50 and my grey roots come through within two to three weeks kind regards Janet 😊

    April 8, 2019 at 7:34 am Reply
    • Maya

      Hi Janet,

      Black is one of the hardest colors to remove, especially if you’ve been dying your hair black for years. The remedy in this post works best for semi permanent or unnatural hair colors and it may not work as well for black.

      As I mentioned in a previous comment, my best suggestion for removing permanent hair color is One ‘N Only Color Fix. This is my go-to brand when I’m not doing a DIY remedy at home and it works great! Basic directions are as follows:

      1. Mix equal parts of bottle 1 and bottle 2 in a bowl. (Throw bottle 3 out. It is useless and ends up reversing the effects of 1 & 2)
      2. Apply generously to dry hair.
      3. Cover in shower cap and set timer for 20 mins.
      4. Alternate every other minute between blow drying warm air and massaging hair while still in shower cap.
      5. After 20 mins shower and rinse well. Repeat the entire process if necessary. (You will most likely need to since your hair is so dark)

      April 8, 2019 at 1:07 pm Reply
  • Becky

    I put Overtone honey brown in my hair and I’m not a fan. Will this method remove Overtone?

    April 26, 2019 at 8:18 am Reply
    • Maya

      Hi Becky,

      This is the method I always use with oVertone when I’m ready to change up my color. However, I haven’t used any products in their brown line. If I were to guess I would say that this would help to lighten the color but won’t fully remove it the first couple times. Browns tend to hold on longer than unnatural pastel colors.

      If doing this doesn’t lighten to a point you’re happy with, try One ‘N Only Color Fix. Basic directions are as follows:

      1. Mix equal parts of bottle 1 and bottle 2 in a bowl. (Throw bottle 3 out. It is useless and ends up reversing the effects of 1 & 2)
      2. Apply generously to dry hair.
      3. Cover in shower cap and set timer for 20 mins.
      4. Alternate every other minute between blow drying warm air and massaging hair while still in shower cap.
      5. After 20 mins shower and rinse well. Repeat the entire process if necessary.

      May 2, 2019 at 11:38 am Reply

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