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How To Get Rid Of Hair Dye Smell? – 2 Effective Ways At Home!

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Published by Aida Turner

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Besides the change of great looking that hair dyes can bring to you, they are likely to be harmful than beneficial.

We have to admit that dying out hair means we are applying tons of different chemicals on our head, which is definitely not good.

However, in a positive site, you can still maintain a healthy scalp and hair if you have a proper hair care routine.

But one unavoidable thing when dying hair is its unpleasant smell. So is this odor really bad for us to smell? And how to get rid of it? You’ll find your answer right now in this article.

Why does hair dye smell so bad after dying it?

The main reason is ammonia and hydrogen peroxide are two indispensable elements in a hair color product. They will linger on your hair after the dying process and can cause someone to feel sick and nauseating.

More and more hair color manufacturers care about consumers’ health. They tend to reduce chemicals to a minimum as much as possible, and work on more organic or natural ingredients.

However, it’s almost impossible to produce a permanent hair dye without leaving any bad smell on your hair.

How long does hair dye smell last?

Typically, hair dye smell will go away after two days. In some cases, it might take nearly a week for the unpleasant odor to completely go away.

Is it bad to smell hair dye?

Well, to some extent, yes. Ammonia found in hair color can cause some breathing issues, if you regularly inhale this substance.

However, the fact shows that the nasty smell from hair dye won’t stay for long term and will gradually go away. Therefore, it’s quite rare for a person to be collapsed by the ammonia odor on her head.

In a short word, don’t panic if you feel bad with the offensive hair color smell. It will disappear soon and won’t leave any serious symptoms on your health.

How to get rid of hair dye smell?

Although the ammonia smell from hair dye will go away itself over time, there are actually several ways to send it away sooner.

You might wonder what if your newly beautiful color will be discharged too?

Don’t worry, we’ll show you two typical home remedies to neutralize the hair dye odor while keeping the color intact.

Method 1: Baking soda

Things you’ll need

  1. A bowl
  2. A spoon
  3. A spray bottle (optional)
  4. Warm water
  5. Baking soda
  6. Apple cider


  1. Mix 2 tbsp of baking soda with ¼ cup of warm water (the amount of water can adjust) to create a liquid mixture
  2. Rinse your dyed hair with the mixture (or sprinkle on dry hair)

You can also dilute baking soda with less water to result in a paste form. Use it to massage your hair in five to 10 minutes, and rinse again with the mixture of apple cider and warm water.

Maybe you don’t know, Baking soda is also an effective way to remove hair dye without bleach.

Method 2: Vinegar

Things you’ll need

  1. A bowl
  2. A spoon
  3. Warm water
  4. Vinegar


  1. Mix equal parts vinegar and warm water in a bowl
  2. Rinse your dyed hair with the mixture (or sprinkle on dry hair)

These super easy methods with simple ingredients can help you get rid of ammonia smell without removing your newly applied color.

The principle is ammonia will be neutralized in acidic conditions, so you can try with other natural ingredients as well.

However, give it a test on a small section of hair to check if it affects your color or nit.

You also can Use Vinegar To Lighten Hair

See also: What Happens If You Put Vinegar In Your Hair?

Does hair dye cause permanent damage?

How damaging hair dye can cause your hair will actually depend on many factors. But yes, it can lead to permanent damage if improperly done.

Hair loss, moisture loss, breakage, or scalp irritation are some of many unhealthy symptoms that your hair and scalp might have to face.

If you don’t follow an appropriate dying process and a hair care routine, long-lasting damage is unavoidable.

In the last word, we just want to emphasize that hair dye smell is not a big deal, but how you take care of your dyed hair will be crucial.

Alternative methods: Dyeing Your Hair With Food Coloring and Bigen Hair Color to avoid Hair Dye Smell.

aida turner


Founder & Hair Beauty Specialist

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!