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How To Remove Hair Dye Without Bleach? (9 Effective Naturally Methods!)

You were excited and had the urge to dye your hair with some vivid color, but eventually, you’re currently approaching that time when you’re sick of it and want to return it back to its natural state.

So how can you remove hair dye from your strands? There are various ways to do it.

Most people choose to go to their neighborhood pharmacy and purchase costly hair dye remover.

This option works well for most hair types, but they also contain harsh chemicals that can cause damage to your hair.

We suggest that you should approach some natural methods that this article is going to list, which you don’t have to look any further than your kitchen cabinet. These ingredients are all safe and environmentally friendly.

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How to remove hair dye using baking soda?

Baking soda is a must-have item in every kitchen of most households by its versatility, and removing hair dye is one of its advantages.

Depends on your hair dye intensity and desired result, you might have to repeat the process several times. But we guarantee that it is absolutely friendly to your hair and scalp.

Things you’ll need


  1. Step 1: Combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda with half a cup of water
  2. Step 2: Wet your hair with warm water (in order to make the process more efficient) and apply this mixture to it.
  3. Step 3: Work the mixture into your hair and leave it in for a couple of minutes
  4. Step 4: Rinse your hair with water.

How to remove hair dye using coca-cola?

If your hair dye is light and mild, and you’re having some leftover coca-cola bottles from your party so the circumstance is perfectly fitted for you.

Coca-cola can actually fade and remove hair dye just by washing with it. Such an effect can be explained by the presence of citric acid and essential citrus oils in its recipe.

Things you’ll need

  • Bottles of Coca-Cola


  1. Step 1: Wet your hair with warm water to tenderize your hair dye.
  2. Step 2: Washing your hair with coca-cola. Pour it on your strands gently and saturate thoroughly.
  3. Step 3: Rinse your hair with warm water.

You might need to repeat the process several times to achieve the desired result.

How to remove hair dye with coconut oil or olive oil?

Coconut oil and olive oil are well-known for their beautiful effect on hair treatment, such as keeping your hair from breakage, moisturization, and also making your hair shiny.

Apart from that, they can also remove color pigments from your hair. The process can be greasy, so make sure you wash your hair thoroughly.

Things you’ll need

  • Coconut oil or olive oil


  1. Step 1: Rinse your hair with warm water for as long as possible. Warm water can help to trip your unwanted hair color
  2. Step 2: put 1/2 cup of olive oil or coconut oil in the microwave for about 30 seconds to make it warm, not boil.
  3. Step 3: Saturate the hot olive oil into your damp hair, massage it into your scalp and strands so that it works well. Distribute the oil evenly into the roots and down to the hair ends. Make sure that all your hairs are entirely covered.
  4. Step 4: Wrap your head with a shower cap and allow the oil to remain on your strands for about 30 minutes. This gives the oil time to moisturize your tresses.
  5. Step 5: Cleanse your hair with a thickening shampoo and lukewarm water to remove the olive oil. Don’t use hot water since it will dry the scalp.

Read more: Coconut oil can also be used before coloring hair

How to remove hair dye using dish soap?

Dish soap works well to remove any color that can’t hold on. An immediate shampoo with some dish soap with a strip a lot of the color away.

Things you’ll need

  • Dish soap
  • Shampoo


  1. Step 1: Add dish soap to your shampoo in a 1:1 ratio. The combination acts as a detergent to get tough grease out.
  2. Step 2: Wet your hair with warm water.
  3. Step 3: Apply the mixture to your hair and leave it there for 10-15 minutes. Do not leave the mixture on your hair for too long to avoid unwanted damage.
  4. Step 4: rinse your hair under running water.

How to remove hair dye with the developer?

A developer is made of varying strengths of Hydrogen Peroxide, so much like the use of Sun-In or similar products, developers can be used to bleach, lighten and remove your hair dye.

However, the ingredients contain harsh chemicals, so you should consider your current hair condition before applying.

Things you’ll need

  • Hydrogen peroxide developer (you should choose the level between 10, 20, 30 or 40 depending on your hair dye intensity)
    (Check out the comparison: 20 vs 30 Volume Developer To Lighten Hair)
  • Powder hair bleach


  1. Step 1: Mix the hydrogen peroxide developer with powder hair bleach until the resulting paste is smooth and not lumpy. (Be careful not put too much developer)
  2. Step 2: Rub a thin layer of petroleum jelly (like Vaseline or similar products) onto the skin edging the hairline. Then, put on the gloves. The developer solution can burn bare skin.
  3. Step 3: Apply the peroxide developer and bleach mix to the hair strands from which you wish to remove hair dye. Wait for 15 to 60 minutes.
  4. Step 4: Rinse the hair thoroughly in warm water. Apply a conditioner; rinse again.

How to remove hair dye with Epsom salt?

The bathing salt, which moisturizes your skin and keeps it healthy, can also work to strip off hair color from your hair.

Bathing salts include ingredients like Epsom salt and Sodium Bicarbonate, both of which can work effectively to rip off any unnatural color from the hairs.

Things you’ll need

  • Epsom salt
  • A spray bottle


  1. Step 1: Make a solution by combining water and bath salt.
  2. Step 2: Transfer it into a spray bottle and spritz it on your hair. Make sure that your hair is completely soaked with this water.
  3. Step 3: Leave it on your hair for as long as you can and then wash your hair.

How to remove red hair dye with vitamin C?

Another unexpected method to remove your hair dye is using the vitamin C.

Vitamin C is a sure way to remove any hair dye, not only red but also blue hair, black hair, old and new without causing horrible damage to the hair except a bit of dryness. It is still acid, after all.

Things you’ll need

  • 15-25 Vitamin C tablets
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of shampoo (clarifying shampoo works best but any shampoo will do)
  • 1 tbsp conditioner (optional)


  1. Step 1: Crush the Vitamin C tablets into a fine powder, something like a rolling pin.
  2. Step 2: Add in your shampoo of choice. Mix well until it becomes thick, creamy, and paste-like. Add more Vitamin C if the consistency is still too watery.
  3. Step 3: If you have very dry hair, we recommend adding 1 tbsp of conditioner to the mixture.
  4. Step 4: Apply the Vitamin C mask to dry hair. Make sure to saturate all of your hair by the strand.
  5. Step 5: Let your hair sit for about 60 minutes.
  6. Step 6: Wash your hair with warm to hot water for a minimum of 5 minutes. Rinsing your hair thoroughly and well will prevent the hair dye molecules from reattaching.

How to remove red hair dye with vinegar?

You also can use vinegar to lighten or remove hair dye. For this method, you should use plain white vinegar.

Similar to the way vitamin C works, the acidity of the vinegar will help strip the dye from your hair without damaging your scalp as some expensive products do.

Things you’ll need

  • White vinegar
  • Shampoo


  1. Step 1: Create a mixture of equal parts of vinegar and warm water.
  2. Step 2: Pour this mixture over all of your dyed hair, saturating it completely.
  3. Step 3: Let your hair sit for 15 to 20 minutes (we recommend using a shower cap)
  4. Step 4: Shampoo it and rinse out, repeat if needed.

See also: 5 Effective Methods To Remove Red Hair Dye Without Bleach

How to remove hair dye with shampoo?

In order to make your hair dye completely stripped from your hair, you should aggressively wash your hair with shampoo.

This process demands patience, so over time, you will gradually see the difference. 

An anti-dandruff or clarifying shampoo will slowly lift hair dye from your hair and fade it without causing any damage

Things you’ll need


  1. Step 1: Rinse your hair with warm water
  2. Step 2: Apply the shampoo on your hair and saturate thoroughly.
  3. Step 3: Rinse again with warm water.

See also: How to Lighten Hair with Peroxide and Shampoo?


That’s a lot of methods to try. Hence you might be overwhelmed and struggled to choose between those methods.

Our advice is, each one has its own advantages depends on your hair condition, your hair dye intensity and color, and your available ingredients in your kitchen too.

So consider those elements, we bet you can find the best solution that works well for you.

See also: How To Remove Yellow and Whiten White Hair?



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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