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8 Simple Ways To Remove Permanent Hair Dye

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Let me guess, you have dyed your hair. But now when you look at it you go “That’s nothing like I expected!”. Yes yes, we all know the frustration. Nothing feels worse than a wrong hair dye. Or maybe you have decided to try on a new hair dye but the current color isn’t fading away or darker than your intended color.

You don’t need to hide out in your home until the color starts to fade. Calm down, because there are methods which can and will help you to remove your permanent, semi-permanent hair dye.

What most people do is go to the pharmacy and buy an expensive hair dye remover. Or they go the beauty salon which leaves their pockets dry. These are unnecessary because the solutions I’m about to tell you will fulfill your need without breaking the bank. These methods are safe and environment-friendly. The best part is that you can find the ingredients at your home!

The very first thing I want you to consider before removing or changing your hair color is what color do you want? Do you need a faded color and even base for the color dye you’ll try next? Or maybe you want your natural shade back. Whatever may be the reason, it’s very important for you to choose a method which will get the job done without harming your hair.

Some things to keep in mind

  • Try the most natural method at the very first.
  • Always start with the least damaging solution.
  • Assess the condition of your hair and choose accordingly.
  • Do a strand test before applying it to your hair.

The methods below are outlined with their different effects and the results differing the amounts of damage risk they have.

Follow the list below to know how to remove permanent, semi-permanent hair dye: 

1. Bleach

I know the temptation to reach straight for the bleach when you don’t like how your hair dye went. If we want to list the most powerful hair dye removal method then bleach would come at first but most of the times it can damage your hair badly.

You can mix 20 volume hydrogen peroxide and shampoo to reduce harshness which is called a bleach bath. It’s milder and similar to the shampoo method.

So should bleach be an option for you? if yes then when? In my opinion, you should try bleach after you have gone through other methods. So let this be your last resort.


Use: Only use when all else fails.

Risk: Moderate-High

Effect: Works well for lightening natural hair and for permanent,semi-permanent dyes.

Tips: To get more control mix low volume peroxide in your bleach which makes the slowing process slower.

2. Vitamin C Treatment

A popular method using household ingredients. You will need effervescent Vitamin C tablets and shampoo, old towel or plastic cap. You can use baking soda+lemon juice if you don't have vitamin C tablets.

Mix 1g powder Vitamin C with a large amount of shampoo. Apply this to your hair immediately and make sure that you reach every possible hair. Use the plastic cap to cover your hair to protect your eyes. Check after 5 minutes & rinse after 10 minutes. Condition your hair to remove drying effect.


Use: Use on hair dyes to remove tone.

Risk: Mild.

Effect: Gives lighter shades.

Tips: Vitamin C is acidic so beware of using a highly concentrated solution of this compound. Use a deep conditioner to remove the dry effect.

3. Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

Sounds so simple, Anti-dandruff shampoo removes unwanted tones and pastel colors. If your hair has a slight tint from your last color, a few washes with an anti-dandruff shampoo will make it fade away significantly.


Use: To remove color tone.

Risk: None

Effect: Works well on darker, unnatural hair dyes. Doesn’t work that well on permanent hair dye.

Tips: Use conditioner to remove the dry effect caused by shampoo.

4. Dishwashing Soap

Using a dishwashing soap is a gentle way to fade hair color. Mix it with a quarter-sized amount of your regular shampoo. Cover your hair with soapy foam. Let it sit like that for 4-5 minutes to deeply penetrate the layers then rinse. You shouldn’t use it repeatedly because it’s a little harsh on the hair.


Use: To fade hair color.

Risk: Mild

Effect: Works well to fade hair color.

Tips: Use hot oil conditioning to remove the dry effect. You can sit under a heated dryer for increased effects of the conditioner.

5. Swimming

If your hair has semi-permanent color, swimming in a chlorinated pool will fade the color and if done repeatedly permanent color also fades slightly.


Use: To fade semi-permanent hair color.

Risk: Mild

Effect: Works well to fade direct hair dye. But not so much on semi-permanent and permanent hair color

Tips: Never forget to shampoo your hair after swimming. Use swimmer’s shampoo for blonde hair.

6. Sun Exposure

While I will not encourage you to expose yourself to sun-damage, unnatural colors are not usually strong against sunlight. If it is possible for you to give your hair a little bit of sun exposure safely you will see a noticeable change.


Use: To fade hair dye.

Risk: Mild

Effect: Works well on many unnatural hair color dyes, but has little effect on permanent color. Works best on vegetable-based colors.

Tips: Sunlight is very useful for blue and purple colors. Always take precaution for your skin and scalp.

7. Bath Salts

Bath salts are usually a mix of Epsom salts and sodium bicarbonate. Simply just run a bath, sprinkle some bath salts and soak your hair for as long as possible.It will draw your color out.


Use: To fade semi-permanent hair dye.

Risk: Very little

Effect: Excess color can be drawn out very easily. Doesn’t work on permanent hair dye.

Tips: If you have blue and purple hair dye this will be good for you.

 8. Hot Oil Treatment

For those who want to condition their hair and fade hair color as well hot oil massage treatment on your hair is an awesome method. Put the hot oil treatment on your hair and cover it with a plastic cap for an hour approx. Then rinse it and watch how the color fades away.

coconut oil


Use: To fade hair color.

Risk: None

Effect: Works well to fade hair dye. And nourishes the hair as well.

Tips: None! It’s good as it is.

And finally, I’ll suggest you seek the advice of a hair specialist or qualified hairdresser before trying anything because the wrong method is the wrong result.

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