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4 Effective Methods To Remove Black Hair Dye Without Bleach

Black is considered to be the most elegant color in the world. Many people around the world are fortunate to be born with jet-black hair, but for others, dyeing is the best way to get this sultry and exotic hue for their hair.

However, there will definitely be times when you want to experience different hair colors to change your appearance.

You need to know that removing black dyes from hair is a really complicated task, even for the most advanced hair stylists. In case you want to keep your hair from being damaged by bleach, you can refer to some organic and natural methods instead.

You can use safe, eco-friendly ingredients and look no further than your kitchen cabinets like baking soda, peroxide, vinegar, or vitamin c to get rid of the black hair dye.

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How to remove black hair dye with baking soda?

Baking soda is a very familiar ingredient to us with its vast uses and its ability to remove stubborn stains.

In addition to baking soda that can remove stains from teeth, clothing, household items; smells (eg smoke smellhair dye smell, etc.); it can also be used to safely whiten or remove dyes from hair, especially when combined with anti-dandruff shampoos.

Things you’ll need:

  • Baking soda
  • Anti-dandruff shampoo
  • Fresh lemon
  • Warm water
  • A shower cap or plastic bag
  • A bowl


  1. Step 1: Combine anti-dandruff shampoo and baking soda in a bowl in a 1: 1 ratio and mix thoroughly.
  2. Step 2: Use 1/2 fresh lemon, squeeze the lemon juice into the mixture and stir well.
  3. Step 3: Dampen the hair with warm water and apply the mixture to your hair until it is completely saturated.
  4. Step 4: Use a shower cap or plastic bag to cover your hair (leave on for 45 minutes to 1 hour).
  5. Step 5: Rinse your hair to remove the mixture.         

How to remove black hair dye with baking soda and Peroxide?

Peroxide is known as a bleaching agent that can strip most dye colors from your hair, including black hair dye. This process is quite effective but can make your hair dry.

Nonetheless, do not worry too much because using Peroxide will not be as harsh as using strong hair bleach.

Things you’ll need:

  • 3 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide (3%)
  • 6 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon of conditioner
  • Shower cap


  1. Step 1: Combine baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and conditioner in a bowl until getting a smooth mixture.
  2. Step 2: Put this mixture to your hair (leave for about 60 minutes).
  3. Step 3: Use a shower cap to cover your hair.
  4. Step 4: Rinse your hair with shampoo and condition.

How to remove black hair dye with Vinegar?

Another method that can be applied at home to remove black hair dye is to use white vinegar.

The acidity of distilled white vinegar is very suitable and sufficient for stripping color. You will notice the results quite quickly that this method brings. Note that you should add moisture to your hair with conditioner if you want to repeat the vinegar rinse routine.

Things you’ll need:

  • Plain white vinegar
  • Warm water
  • Shampoo
  • Shower cap


  1. Step 1: Create a mixture of plain white vinegar and warm water.
  2. Step 2: Saturate your hair with this mixture entirely and pour it over all of the dyed hair.
  3. Step 3: Pop a shower cap over your hair (leave for 15 to 20 minutes).
  4. Step 4: Shampoo and rinse out your hair. It won’t hurt your hair, so you can repeat it if needed.

How to remove black hair dye with vitamin C?

Similar to removing other hair dyes from your hair, Vitamin C treatment can lighten your black hair.

Most hair dye treatments with a process called oxidative dyeing. Vitamin C will probably be the safest and most non-abrasive option for people who have dyed their hair, especially black, and want to get rid of it quickly.

But this method is best for removing semi-permanent dyes more than permanent black hair dyes.

Things you’ll need:

  • Vitamin C
  • Water
  • Shampoo
  • A shower cap


  1. Step 1: Put about 10-30 tablets in a resealable plastic bag and crush the tablets with a rolling pin.
  2. Step 2: Mix the crushed tablets with 3-4 tablespoons of shampoo and water in a bowl to make a paste.
  3. Step 3: Apply the paste to your damp hair.
  4. Step 4: Put a shower cap over your hair and set it for at least about 1 or 2 hours.
  5. Step 5: Wash the paste out of your hair for at least 5 minutes.


As I mentioned before that black dyes are challenging to strip. Instead of using bleach, you can gradually be more patient and progressively remove the dye with white vinegar, vitamin c, baking soda, and Peroxide to reduce the risk of damage to hair as much as possible.

Dyeing your hair regardless of color may help you look better, but it has adverse effects on your hair after bleaching. So you should consider carefully before deciding on the color for your hair dye.

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