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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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17 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
  • rhianne newlahnd

    Hi, I tried the vitamin c with nutrogeena clarifying AND head and shoulders shampoo on permanant dark lowlights and used a lot of powdered vit c and left it on under a plastic bag and towel for about 90 minutes. It took my hair a couple shades lighter which is what I wanted, but it did turn a little brassy, so I will use some purple shampoo next time.

    August 11, 2019 at 1:05 pm Reply
    • Maya

      Hi Rhianne Newlahnd,

      Glad this post helped you. This method will take out EVERYTHING in your hair (that means toner too). So if you end up a little brassier than you want, following up with a purple shampoo is a great idea!

      August 13, 2019 at 11:34 am Reply
  • Samantha

    I used hicolor hilights magenta and intense red and it did not work as planned, my hair barely turned red but is leaking red everywhere and has been for a few weeks now. I really don’t want to bleach my hair, Is it okay to use this method or will it not work because it was a permanent dye?

    September 3, 2019 at 11:18 am Reply
    • Maya

      Hi Samantha,

      It is ok to use this method, but I would guess it wouldn’t be as effective because you used a permanent dye. Red is also one of the hardest colors to remove. You may just want to continue to rinse in the shower until the water runs clear and no more red is coming out. Hopefully that helps to stop the leaking red that you’re experiencing.

      September 10, 2019 at 1:25 pm Reply
  • Tannas

    Hi Maya,
    Well, I’m ready to shave my head. I fell in love with Overtone. I’ve been dying my hair red since I was 18 as I started to turn white then, just like my parents. I’ve only ever used professional dye. It took me three months of GENTLE color removal to get to white (well, almost white, the lightest grey you can imagine, def a level 9 if not10, but sooooo close to platinum).
    That’s when I found Overtone. I started with Lavender and then Rose Gold (or vice versa) and I was hooked! I only did the back of my head from my ears down and continued to get the top to a beautiful Platinum! That goal was achieved! Yeah!
    And then…..out came Honey Brown…..which on MY white hair going by their strands, would turn my hair to my “old” red!! You see, I stopped using dye because I became ill and with my treatments there was a 100% NO CHEMICALS internally or topically for fear of what it might do to me. I truly thought Overtone was my answer to being the “old” me and getting my signature red back again! So, I ordered a half a dozen tubs (go big or go home!) thinking this is what I’ll do FOREVER! Well, was I an idiot.
    I did a strand test, gorgeous, stuck with only doing from my ears down (thank heaven) and then my Dr said NO to Overtone (yes, I tried to explain its natural blah blah blah) so, cold turkey. I did every trick in the book including yours which I shouldn’t have but I wanted MY white hair back.
    Well, short of muriatic acid or a straight razor, from my ears down I have baby duck YELLOW HAIR. Now, when I say I’ve tried EVERYTHING, I mean EVERYTHING. I cheated on my Dr and lied and I went so far as to bleach it. It didn’t move. I’ve used EVERY blue and purple shampoo out there (applied dry and left it on over night) and nothing moved, still baby duck yellow. I did the Dawn, Vit C, Vinegar, baking soda concoctions in about 15 different ways. Nothing. It has not moved. I have an inch and a half of white regrowth so there’s THAT bonus.
    So, any thoughts? Have you heard of this issue before?
    My GF went on her pro stylist blogs and EVERYONE is talking about the removal of Overtone. It’s a snap as long as you do NOT use any color with a yellow undertone or base (pro talk?).
    The ONLY thing anyone has had success with is toning the yellow with a true professional blue/purple based toner and to continue to do so until it grows out.
    These are pros from Texas to TimBukTu and they are ALL having this issue and hitting a wall. Several have gone so far as to give their client dark hair OR in a couple of instances, chemical haircuts while trying to remove this baby duck yellow.
    So my brilliant Maya, I’d be very curious to see if anyone has successfully gotten baby duck yellow out after using Honey brown three times. That’s it.
    And I have a few if anyone would like them.
    I look forward to hearing from you but my hopes are not high. I’m a pretty positive person given what my life has become but this has truly gotten me down. My hair is my crowning glory (for now anyway. I guess the glass is full right now because all of this could be moot and I may not have any if things don’t improve but I’m staying positive if I’m still looking for answers!)
    I await your reply, anxiously. And I am very grateful for any thoughts and even if you are stuck, please know I’m grateful for that honest answer too!
    Maybe let people know about yellow based Overtone Colors or at least Honey Brown as I can only speak to that one.
    Thanks again and take care. Keep fighting the good fight and you’re an angel for helping all these people that are stuck, like me. (Well I HOPE NOT LIKE ME lol, but you get it!)
    Take care, bug hug.

    September 28, 2019 at 6:05 am Reply
    • Rebecca

      I am literally in the same boat right now, I started with pink and lavender Overtone and was having so much fun. I thought this was a great solution to not using harmful dyes. So like you, I tried their brown collection (I tried espresso) annnnddd yup. Baby duck yellow here as well. I haven’t found a solution. I have been doing this treatment on and off for a week and it seems to be taking little by little but it’s really stuck. I think I will just have to tone it like you suggested =\ I’ll let you know if I find an answer

      October 7, 2019 at 8:52 am Reply
      • Maya

        Hey Rebecca,

        I just replied to Tannas about my best suggestion for you two, and figured I would reply to your comment as well to make sure you saw my advice. (:

        My best suggestion for you both 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 after giving your hair a rest for a day or so.

        Good luck and I hope that helps!

        Maya

        October 12, 2019 at 1:11 pm Reply
    • Maya

      Hey Tannas,

      I’m so sorry you’ve had so much trouble with your hair recently! I haven’t tried the brown line of color from Overtone, so unfortunately I can’t speak on it specifically.

      But what I can say is that my best suggestion for you at this point would beOne ‘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 after giving your hair a rest for a day or so.

      It smells like rotten eggs, but it gets the job done, haha. I hope that helps!

      Maya

      October 12, 2019 at 1:09 pm Reply
  • Walsh Tannas

    Well, I tried pravana Direct dye in Silver which is essentially Overtone now that I think about it as you mix it with conditioner and leave it on. Sound familiar. Worth a try. Got a crap spotty silver, purple, green. It was put on professionally so again I’ll blame that on Overtone.
    My GF then came over with Schwarzkopf BlondMe Bleach and 20vol Oil Infused Developer and on that went for 30 min and it was back to lighter yellow duck, but it was a bit lighter, had a orange hue (level 8-9) when wet.
    So, I pulled a Hail Mary and grabbed the Wella T18 (shoulda done 28) added 2.5 cap fulls of the violet cooling additive used the Schwarzkopf 20vol (I use this religiously as it has a similar technology to olaplex built right into its entire BlondMe line so it’s all I’m using with Olaplex treatments in between and hair is in remarkably good shape-wrong color but great shape) and left on for 30 min. Could have gone 40 but I’m paranoid.
    It’s now a blonde found in nature rather than Duck Yellow and I can live with it …. for now.
    But, since I’ve got it this light again, and I REALLY DO NOT want blonde other than platinum, I may just put rose gold or lavender on that blonde until it grows out (about a year worth) and keep cutting as I know if I stop using lavender or rose gold, they come out completely!
    But ohhhhh honey….run hard and fast from anything with a mellow base in Overtone. No one has replied to me from Overtone and I spelled out the entire story from day 1. Very detailed. Nada.
    So, now I just tell people, run, don’t use it!
    I’ll keep you posted if I find anything as well.
    I’m going to chelate next time I do another bleaching in a month. We have hard water and ellebangs on YT has a quick do it yourself chelation first hair that uses lemons and something else and it really works for stripping any sulphate off so I’ll do that in a month.
    But if you can, olaplex #1&2 are hair savers! Try to get mitts on those if you can!
    Good luck and I’ll let u know if I hear from Overtone as well. This issue is just now popping up on YT I’ve seen as of late. Way to be “first” at something huh? Eye roll.
    Take care!!
    T

    October 7, 2019 at 1:47 pm Reply
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