How To Remove Hair Dye Naturally At Home?

One of the most common phenomena with your hair is dissatisfactory hair dye. Even with all the visualizing you did beforehand; the color doesn’t seem right. So, how to remove hair dye? 

Sometimes your hair highlights turn out to be a disaster. And sometimes, you decide to embrace your natural hair color by going grey. Regardless of your reasons, my concern is to lead you to the process of removing hair dye.    

There are multiple ways to do that. There are a few elements that work great as hair color remover. You can try any of them or a few if your dye is too stubborn. 

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5 Ways to Remove Hair Dye

I am going to tell you five super ways of removing hair dye. You can lighten hair color with peroxide too. But I’m only describing the methods where the elements are easy to make your homemade hair dye remover. So let’s get started.  

Method-1: Anti-dandruff shampoo and baking soda mixture

Baking soda naturally works as a bleaching element. It helps remove your dye when mixed with an anti-dandruff shampoo. So this is how you un-dye your hair.

Things You’ll Need

  1. An anti-dandruff shampoo
  2. Baking soda
Anti-dandruff shampoo and baking soda mixture
Anti-dandruff shampoo and baking soda mixture

Step by Step process

  • Take a small amount of baking soda.
  • Mix the same amount of shampoo with the baking soda.
  • Use a container if you have difficulty mixing them in your palms.
  • Apply the mixture to your head.
  • Let it stay for a few (5 to 7) minutes. 
  • Rinse with water.


  • If you don’t have baking soda, try only the anti-dandruff shampoo. If that doesn’t work, I suggest you try another way. 
  • Be sure not to use baking powder instead of baking soda. 

Method-2: Vitamin C tablets for your freshly dyed hair

Before you try this one, I must tell you it’ll only work if you dyed your hair less than 3 days ago. When the color is still fresh on your hair, the acidic nature of the vitamin C tablets will help to remove hair dye. 

Things You’ll Need

  1. Vitamin C tablets
  2. Hot water
  3. A small bowl
  4. A spoon
how to remove hair dye, vitamin c to remove hair dye
vitamin c tablet

Step by Step process

  • Take a small bowl and put a few vitamin C tablets in it. The amount of the tablets will depend on your hair length and how much paste you need to cover your hair. 
  • Mix enough hot water to make a thick paste when the tablets dissolve.
  • Crush the tablets with a spoon and mix until it becomes a paste.
  • Wet your hair.
  • Apply it to your wet hair and wait for an hour.
  • Rinse with water. 


  • Vitamin C powder also works the same. It’s easier to make a paste with a powder. 
  • Do not use this method on your dry hair.  

Method-3: A few drops of liquid soap will do the trick 

Liquid soap is rough but also very useful for washing out hair color. And it’s something you can always find near at hand. You may have to use this method several times to see the proper result.  

Liquid dish soap also helps remove hair dye from skin.

Things You’ll Need

  1. A few drops of liquid soap
  2. Shampoo
  3. Conditioner
A few drops of liquid soap will do the trick 
A few drops of liquid soap will do the trick 

Step by Step process

  • Take the amount of shampoo you usually use to wash your hair.
  • Mix a few drops of liquid soap with it.
  • Wash your hair using the mixture.
  • Keep the mixture in your head for a few minutes while washing it.
  • Rinse with water. 
  • Deep condition your hair to avoid rough hair caused by the soap. 


  • Make sure the mixture reaches all your dyed hair. Run your fingers through all your hair.
  • Never skip the conditioning part because soap will wash all your natural hair oil.

Method-4: Vinegar-Water duo 

Another homemade hair dye remover is the vinegar-water mixture. The acidic nature of the vinegar is what helps the dye fade away.

Things You’ll Need

  1. Plain white vinegar
  2. Warm water
  3. A small bowl
  4. Shower cap 
  5. Shampoo
homemade hair dye remover with vinegar

Step by Step process

  • Take a bowl and pour a fair amount of white vinegar into it.
  • Mix an equal amount of water to the vinegar.
  • Apply it to your hair. Be sure to make all your hair wet with the mixture. 
  • Wear a shower cap and wait for 10 to 15 minutes with the mixture on your head. 
  • Wash your hair. You can use your regular shampoo and then rinse with water.   


  • You can repeat this method several times if you don’t get your desired result the first time.
  • Do not use apple cider vinegar because they’re not acidic enough to remove hair dye. 

Method-5: Baking Soda and Lemon Mixture

You may have already figured out that using something acidic is how you strip hair color from your hair. Lemon has no equal in this case. And you know that baking soda is your magic hair color remover. 

Things You’ll Need

  1. Lemon juice
  2. Baking Soda
  3. A small bowl
  4. Shampoo
baking soda and lemon juice to remove hair dye
baking soda and lemon juice

Step by Step process

  • Take the bowl. Take enough lemon juice to cover all your dyed hair. 
  • Mix baking soda with the lemon juice. 
  • Make a paste. Apply it to all your dyed hair.
  • Wait for 5 to 7 minutes. Don’t wait too long. 
  • Wash your hair using shampoo.
  • Condition your hair and rinse with water.  


  • Wash your hair several times with shampoo to ensure you get all the paste out of your hair. 
  • Do not leave the paste on your hair for too long, or you’ll dry your hair out. 

Taking Care of Your Hair After Removing Hair Dye

  • Use a leave-in conditioner because all these methods will dry your hair.
  • Limit your heat tool usage. 
  • Choose soft shampoo and conditioners to go gentle on your hair. 
  • Try to use protective hair spray.
  • Comb your hair frequently. 

Question That Asks Our Readers

Will clarifying shampoo remove hair dye?

Yes, it will. But the process is slow, it doesn’t work right away. Clarifying shampoo will make your hair color fade over time.

Does vinegar remove hair dye?

Vinegar also helps to remove your hair dye. It works best if you use a temporary or semi-permanent color. 

Can ACV remove hair color?

ACV is not very acidic so it will not wash out hair color completely. Although, it can certainly make the dye lighter. 

Bottom Line

The thing is, there isn’t any styling mistake that cannot be fixed. You have to think creatively and have a little “how-to” knowledge. In this case, it’s ‘how to remove hair dye’. All these methods are effective and DIY. So pick up your ingredients, cook your solution, and turn your mistake into a beautiful outcome!

Did you give the methods a try? Which one do you think is the best? Tell us if we missed a technique you know.

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