How to Remove Hair Dye with Baking Soda, Vitamin C, and Vinegar

Thinking about removing hair dye?
Thinking about removing hair dye? | Source

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

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.

Baking soda: for baking, cleaning, deodorizing and YOUR HAIR!
Baking soda: for baking, cleaning, deodorizing and YOUR HAIR! | Source

Vitamin C

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

White vinegar
White vinegar | Source


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!

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  • Vitamin C
  • Vinegar
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Comments 11 comments

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TIMETRAVELER2 3 years ago

My only comment here is that vinegar and baking soda...when mixed together, create a very toxic drain cleaner so people seeking any of your remedies must be careful to use only one of them and not mix them together!

Rai 2 years ago

Mixing vinegar and baking soda is not toxic.

helena 22 months ago

im a young girl who originally had natural dirty blonde hair but make a stupid choice of dying my hair black then bleached it back but killed my hair and now I dyed it brown and I miss my natural color I've been trying to get my hair back to its natural shade of blonde by using vinegar but it smells like shit, I would recommend baking soda paste it works very effectively

Vitamin C tabs crushed up 20 months ago

The vitamin c is good for you hair and lightens it up I left it on for an hour and wrapped my hair in plastic bag wow my hair was pretty#

Flynn 18 months ago

Tried the vitamin C one with dissolvable tablets and it didn't really do anything...I'm going to try edible tablets.

Tracy 5 months ago

My hair is naturally dark brown . i dyed it light blonde , then back to black , and then highlighted blonde , but I want my natural hair color back. I've tried everything and i do not want to dye anymore . What do I do ? i want my hair brown again . I am willing to try baking soda .

All 5 months ago

Don't do the vinegar one! I'm pretty much into haircare and form my personal experience I know mixing vinegar and water 1:1 will kill your ends as it's way to acidy. 1 tbsp per 1l of water will be enough.

+ I don't really see why should anyone use vinegar to get rid of hair dye. Vinegar, as well as lemon juice and cold water, makes you hair more "closed", so after using it is be more difficult to get anything (including hair dye) out of the hair.

maria 4 months ago

does it matter if the vit c tabs are orange coloured

Lucy 3 months ago

I have used the baking soda twice and red is already lighter. It was suppose to be a warm golden blonde and it was red. I just dyed it yesterday so maybe that's why it's getting lighter so quickly. I used it twice in a row and blow dried it. i'm much happier, thanks for the tips.

Anon 2 months ago

I just used the baking soda/shampoo method—and it worked miraculously to remove almost all of a strawberry-red color. Thank you!

msmarvel 2 months ago

i also believe that baking soda and shampoo is the best option. I have tried also dissoluble vitamin C tablets and shampoo but i feel that soda worked best.

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