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How To Remove Blue Hair Dye: 6 Ways without Bleach

Are you someone who changes their hair color often and likes to experiment? Or do you simply regret going blue and are now looking to remove toner from hair?

This article will give you a comprehensive guide on removing blue hair dye. So don’t worry, that dye is not permanent, and you can safely remove it without damaging your hair!

There are a variety of ways to remove blue hair dye. You can decide which one works best for you based on your hair type and other factors like how urgently you need to get rid of the dye!

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Have you had enough of your blue hair?

Did you get your hair colored a vibrant and beautiful blue? While blue hair looks great and stylish, your excitement might understandably fade after a while. 

Blue hair can become tedious to look after and care for. It is also harder to style, which can get annoying if you are in a rush.

Even if you still love your vibrant blue hair, maybe you are looking for a change? And so it’s time to ditch the blue and look for something new and more exciting! 

The best part about removing hair dye is that you can choose to do it at home! This is not an option you should be scared of as there are many safe and easy methods you can follow.

Color Removers

Color Removers are the go-to products if you are looking to remove hair dye! You can find two types of color removers; color strippers and color reducers.

Color strippers are a less intense version of bleach. So if you want to remove the color from your hair with as little damage as possible, you can safely rely on color strippers. 

Color Reducers are also an option that will do minimal damage to your hair. They are designed to remove the artificial color from your hair without ruining the natural color and shine of your hair. 

Color reducers are easy to apply, but you may need to use them more than once to get the desired results! 

Color reducers essentially shrink the molecules of color in your hair which makes them easily washable. You need to apply it and then wash your hair for around 20 minutes. 

If the blue does not wash off after the first time, you can safely use the color reducer 2-3 times more and say goodbye to the blue! 

Color removers can enter your hair shafts and remove all the artificial pigment. While removers are more intense than reducers, they are also a safe option. 

After using a color remover, it is also best not to use any heavy dye or product on your hair for at least 2 weeks afterward! 

Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

You may be surprised to learn this, but anti-dandruff shampoo is a great way to remove any unwanted color from your hair, especially pastel colors! 

However, the downside of using an anti-dandruff shampoo to remove blue hair dye is that it is a slow process.

You will have to use anti-dandruff shampoo consistently for around a month before you see any results. 

So if you are looking for instant results, this method is not for you. But it is a reliable way to make the color safely fade away!

Vitamin C Treatment

Here is another safe method you can try at home!

The best part is that you only need 2 ingredients for this method, and you are likely to have these 2 ingredients lying around at home! 

These 2 ingredients are effervescent Vitamin C tablets and shampoo!

Both Vitamin C tablets and powder will work. If you have Vitamin C powder, then crush it. 

The next thing you need to do is take a large amount of your shampoo and then mix it with Vitamin C. The quality of the shampoo does not matter, and you can use your regular shampoo.

Once you have prepared this mix, apply it to your hair! Make sure you are thorough and cover every strand of hair. This will ensure that the color removal is consistent and there is no leftover color!

A great safety tip is to cover your hair with a plastic cap after applying the mix. This will ensure that it does not drip into your eyes. 

After waiting for around 20 minutes, you can safely rinse your hair. You will instantly notice that the blue in your hair is faded! 

It’s a good idea to follow up the wash with a conditioner, so your hair is soft and smooth again. 

In case you want the blue to fade, even more, you can try this trick two to three times more. But make sure you are not too harsh on your hair!

Dish Soap and Baking Soda

You may not naturally associate dish soap and baking soda with hair color removal, but this method actually works! The key is to create a mix of dish soap and baking soda.

Use a 1:1 ratio to create this mix. Then you need to wet your hair and apply the mix. 

Make sure to apply it thoroughly and lather it as much as you can. 

After letting it sit for 5-10 minutes, you can wash it off. Now here’s the somewhat tedious part, the mix takes time to wash off! You may have to keep rinsing for a while before all of it comes out!

However, this tiresome process is worth it as you will notice immediate results! The mix of dish soap and baking soda effectively removes blue hair dye and other colors.

If you think your hair could use some more color removal, you can easily try this method again! 

Blonde Dye 

This method only works if you are naturally blonde and want to return to your original blonde hair color.

It is also a method that won’t completely remove blue hair dye, but it is an effective way of getting rid of leftover dye and subtle blue tones.

If you decide to use this method, make sure you get the high-lift blonde dye. This will get rid of the leftover blue that is bothering you. 

You can also use blonde dye after getting rid of most of the dye using some other method like bleaching or dish soap and baking soda.

Unfortunately, this is not a viable option for people with dark hair. But if you have darker hair, you can easily use any of the other options detailed above!


When you are fed up with the blue color of your hair and want to change into other ones, removing the old color without using bleach is using vinegar. This method will work when you do it a couple of times.

Mix vinegar with water in a 1:1 ratio. The acidity of vinegar helps to fade out the dye color effectively. Wet your hair with warm water

Apply the mixture to your hair and wait for 15-20 minutes. Do not exceed the time and rinse your hair thoroughly with water.


If you are someone who frequently colors their hair, you may already be familiar with this option.

However, bleach can be intense, so you need to ensure you use it safely and minimally.

A safe way of using bleach is to use the bleach bath method. This may sound complicated, but it’s actually effortless! 

All you have to do is simply mix some bleach and shampoo. Do this in a 1:1 ratio of bleach and shampoo (you can use the shampoos designed for color-treated hair).

Once you have the mix ready, apply it to your hair immediately. Wear a shower cap afterward to ensure the bleach does not ruin your skin or hair! 

Since bleaching is an intense process, make sure you check your hair every 5-30 minutes, so the bleach does not affect your natural hair color. 

Once the bleach has sufficiently faded the blue color from your hair, you can wash it off!

In case the blue in your hair was extremely bright, the bleach will only make it a few shades lighter. However, since bleaching can be heavy on your hair, it’s best not to do it too often. 

Instead, it would help if you considered using one of the methods mentioned here.

See also: How to Bleach Hair Blonde Without Damage?


Once you decide to get rid of your blue hair, there are plenty of options you can opt for. This article equips you with the information to make an informed decision. 

So make sure whatever method you opt for is good for your hair! 

If you want to get rid of the blue without any intense product, you can use anti-dandruff shampoo, Vitamin C, or a color remover. However, the downside of these methods is that they require time.

They will not give you instant results, but if you follow them consistently, you will successfully get rid of the blue hair dye.

For quicker results, you can easily opt for bleaching or the dish soap and baking soda mix. While these methods are effective, they can be harsh on your hair. 

So make sure your hair can handle these heavy methods and don’t go overboard because you may damage your hair! 

Once you have gotten most of the blue hair dye out, you can use blonde dye to get rid of any leftover color! However, this method only works for naturally blonde hair.

The best part about all of these methods is that you can easily do them at home! You don’t need any fancy products or equipment. You also don’t need to rely on any professional or go to a salon! 

Good luck with safely removing that blue hair dye!

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I’m Aida and this is my blog where I write mostly about beauty & 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!

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