The blue hair dye seemed like a lot of fun before that music festival. But now you’re starting to get weird looks around the office, and you’ve found that your dye of choice doesn’t mesh with many outfits. Now you’re wondering how to remove hair dye naturally.

And there’s good news on that front: You have lots of options for removing hair dye naturally, and you probably have most of the ingredients sitting around the house. So read on to learn more about how to remove hair dye naturally, and see if you can’t get back to your natural color.

There’s no single way to remove hair dye naturally. The following steps jam together a few things that should be effective when done in concert. But, if you find that one of the steps is working best to get the color out of your hair, stick with that one. If it’s working, why change things up?


3 Simple Steps for How to Remove Hair Dye Naturally

Before we go too far, you should know this: You won’t be able to get all of the hair dye out in one fell swoop. This is a process that may take a few days or even a week-plus. But it’s a process that’s not particularly hard, so follow these steps — and repeat as needed:

1. Mix a Special Shampoo

You need two things for this first step: 1) an anti-dandruff shampoo (like Head and Shoulders), and 2) baking soda. That’s baking SODA; not baking POWDER. They are not interchangeable.

Once you have your anti-dandruff and baking soda, mix them together in equal portions. Once the two ingredients are thoroughly mixed, apply to your hair just like you would normal shampoo. Let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes, then rinse it out with hot water. You’ll actually be able to see the color leaving your hair as the water runs off.

This is something you can do each day and see your hair color grow more and more natural with each treatment. But, to accelerate things, you’ll want to move on to steps 2 and 3.

2. Add a Little Vitamin C

Get some hot water and add a few vitamin C tablets. Mix the two together until they form a paste. Apply this paste to your hair, then cover with a shower cap. Leave the paste and cap on your hair for an hour or longer.

This approach produces dramatic results if your hair dye is fairly fresh — less than a week or so old. It’s still effective if the hair dye has been on longer, but you don’t get that same dramatic impact.

3. Use Some Vinegar

If you want to try one more thing, and if you’re a little desperate, it’s time to break out the vinegar. I personally hate the scent of vinegar, but this is an effective approach when you need to know how to remove permanent hair dye naturally.

Mix together an equal amount of white vinegar and hot water. Then find a way to completely soak your hair in the concoction. Once your hair has been fully soaked and before you’ve dried your hair, cover your head in a shower cap for about 20 minutes. Then rinse out the vinegar, and you should see your dye starting to fade.


Final Thoughts on How to Remove Hair Dye Naturally

You’ll have to be patient when removing permanent hair dye naturally. Use some combination of the three approaches listed above, and don’t give up if you can’t see immediate results. Over a span of a few days, you should start to see your color greatly diminish.

And remember that it’s sometimes hard to see progress when you’re looking at yourself every day in the mirror. Consider taking photos of yourself each day so that you can compare how the color looks on day 5, 6 and 7 vs. how it looked on day 1. Trust me, you’ll be able to see results.

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