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How To Fix Green Hair After Dyeing It Brown: Try These 4 Methods

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Dyeing hair is a great way to change your look and impress others with your personality. However, it also poses some risks on your hair.

Besides damaging your hair, the color can appear not as expected due to a somewhat wrong step in the dyeing process.

For instance, if you have blonde hair and want to darken it with a brown hue, it is likely to pop up some unwanted green pigments on your hair.

So what is the truth and how to get rid of it? In this article, we will provide you with some essential information before you decide to brown your bleached hair.

Will my hair turn green if I dye it brown after bleaching?

If you brown your hair right after bleaching it, then the answer is yes. Most people with a DIY dyeing process are likely to encounter this situation.

The reason is when your hair is bleached, the melanin is removed. This can make your hair absorb colors unevenly.

On the other hand, brown color contains almost equal parts red, yellow, and blue, while bleached hair doesn’t have any red pigment, which is the opposite color of green in the color wheel.

Therefore, the result ends up with some green streaks and has no red color to cancel it out. Now you will need the methods to fix uneven bleached hair and remove the green tone.

How to Get Rid of Green Hair?

Green might be great itself, but not as some strands on brown hair. If your hair turns green after browning it, it will be a damage and time-wasting to bleach and dye again.

So here is an easy way to correct it.

Things you’ll need:

  1. A red-based hair dye
  2. Developer
  3. A bowl
  4. An applicator brush
  5. A comb
  6. Gloves
  7. Gloves


  1. Mix equal parts developer and a red-based hair dye in a bowl
  2. Equip yourself a pair of gloves
  3. Use a comb to section your hair into smaller parts for an easier and even dyeing
  4. Use an applicator brush to apply hair dye mixture to the sections of hair with greenish
  5. Leave it for about 15 minutes
  6. Apply the dye to the rest of your hair
  7. Wait for another 10 minutes
  8. Rinse your hair with cool water

The principle is the red color will neutralize the green tresses on your hair. But you only need to opt for a red-based color, such as chestnut or bright copper.

A full red color might be too bright and can turn your hair into completely red rather than brown.

Does vinegar get rid of green hair?

Yes, the mixture of vinegar and baking soda can be helpful for you to achieve brown hair without some annoying green strands.

The first treatment might just be enough to fade the greenish away. But after several applications, you can get rid of green hair on the brown base.

The vinegar mixture can also help your hair look shiny. Just remember that it should be applied to clean dry hair.


Does tomato sauce get rid of green hair?

As already mentioned, a red tint can help cancel out green. Therefore, using tomato sauce or ketchup can be considered an effective remedy to get the green hair out.

It is high in acidic content and with the red-based color, tomato sauce can help cut through the green oxidation and bring back the solid brown to your hair.

What shampoo gets green out of hair?

The color theory has shown that the opposite color will neutralize the other counterpart. Therefore, to get rid of green hair after dyeing it brown, you can stick with a red shampoo.

I know there are many people who think that purple shampoo can fix any wrong color on your hair but it’s not true. Purple shampoo can’t remove green tone. So please, let’s pick up a red shampoo right now.

In this case, Joico Infuse Red Shampoo will be ideal. This shampoo will not only help fade the green hair but also makes the red tones more vibrant and shiny.

So now, don’t panic if there appear some green strands on your brown hair after dyeing. It’s not a big problem at all.

Just remember that red tint can help you get rid of these unexpected greenish, so get yourself a home remedy like vinegar or ketchup, or store-bought red shampoo to achieve a beautiful brown shade without green tresses.

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I’m Aida and this is my blog where I write mostly about beauty and make up related stuff, but I like to spice it up a bit with lifestyle and photography posts. Or with whatever that comes to my mind. Hope you will enjoy the reading enough that we will ‘see’ each other more often!