How to Remove Hair Dye with Baking Soda, Vitamin C, and Vinegar
Removing Hair Dye
Have you dyed your hair, but you're now approaching that time where you’re sick of it and want to return it back to its natural state? Most people choose to go to their neighborhood pharmacy and purchase an expensive hair dye remover. This option works well for most hair types, but some over-the-counter brands have harsh chemicals that wreak havoc on your poor scalp. The split ends and damage to your hair from these products can be avoided and there are alternative ways to remove hair dye that are much more natural.
Look no further than your kitchen cabinet! There are a few cheap home remedies that you can try to help remove hair dye from your hair; including these three safe and environmentally friendly alternatives: baking soda, vitamin C, and vinegar.
Baking soda is one of nature’s most natural cleaning products, and you can also use it to remove hair dye as well! It works best if you mix it in with the shampoo that you normally use.
- It depends on the thickness of your hair, but approximately a tablespoon of baking soda mixed with a tablespoon of shampoo should do the trick. Use a 1-to-1 ratio. If you have thicker hair, try adding a little bit more baking soda.
- Lather the mix into your hair and scalp. Let it sit for a couple minutes, then rinse.
Remember that this process is gradual and will not work immediately. The baking soda will help lighten your hair and won’t remove the dye completely after the first attempt. Wait a few days and repeat the process as needed.
As a recommendation, the best shampoo to use for the mixture is an anti-dandruff shampoo, such as Head & Shoulders or Prell.
If baking soda isn’t your ideal preference and you’d rather keep it in the kitchen, another solution you can try is to remove hair dye with vitamin C. This is probably the safest and most non-abrasive option for people who have dyed their hair a particularly dark color and would like to remove it quickly.
- Take a bunch of vitamin C tablets, dump them in a bowl, add some hot water and make a thick paste by crushing the tablets with a spoon. If you have longer or thicker hair, you should add more tablets to the paste. Use at your own discretion.
- Once you have formed a consistent paste and it’s ready, apply it to your wet hair. Then, let it work its magic for about an hour before you rinse it out. If you want, you can add some shampoo into the mix if you want some extra lather.
- Putting a plastic bag or shower cap around your hair will also help the mixture penetrate your hair strands more effectively.
Remember, this method for removing hair dye works best if the paste is applied only after a few days from the time you originally dyed your hair. Though, it will show decent results later on as well. Just don’t expect any miracles. You should notice a notable difference when you try to remove hair dye with this method.
Vitamin C hair dye removal video
Another easy home remedy is to remove hair dye with vinegar. You should use plain white vinegar for this method. The acidity of the vinegar will help remove the dye from your hair without damaging your scalp like some expensive hair products can do. It is also a much more natural option, just like the baking soda and vitamin C solutions.
- Simply douse your hair with a mixture of warm water and vinegar (1:1). Then, cover your hair with a shower cap (or plastic bag) for 15 to 20 minutes. If you find it is not strong enough, try using a stronger vinegar solution with less water.
- After the time has passed, wash your hair and rinse clean. You should notice a difference in the shade of your hair afterward when you remove hair dye with vinegar.
Removing hair dye doesn’t always have to be done at the salon and it can be managed well enough at home with some time and patience. These three are are all convenient home remedies for your hair that won’t break your wallet!