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5 Effective Methods To Remove Red Hair Dye Without Bleach

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When it comes to switching up your beauty look, you might want to consider changing your hair color to deliver.

It is the perfect way to add some attraction to your strands, put on a whole new elegant outlook on your daily style. It is understandable to choose a fiery red hue that it especially can transform your appearance and even give you a boost of confidence.

However, after a period of time, you might want to refresh your appearance by different hair color, and it is when the difficulty happens.

When it comes to red hair, there is a downside – it is pretty difficult to get rid of red hair dye, even if you are ready for a new shade.

Luckily we’ve got your back, there are several tricks to help you remove red hair dye without bleach, especially without detrimental effects on your hair by using the natural ingredients.

Intrigued? Then stay tuned and find out how to remove red color from your hair at home.

Remove red hair dye with baking soda

Long time ago, baking soda is well-known for its versatility, and removing hair dye is not an exception.

Like any other color, you can use baking soda to effectively and safely get rid of the red hair dye, which is a life-saver for those who already have hair damage.\

(Read more: Using baking soda to fade hair color)

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.

As red hair dye is quite stubborn than others, you should repeat the process 3-4 times a day to achieve the desired result.

Remove red hair dye with dish soap

If you aren’t a baker to have baking soda available in your kitchen, then use the most simple ingredients that every household must-have, a dish soap.

Dish soaps 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.

Remove red hair dye with vitamin C

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

Vitamin C is a sure way to remove any hair dye, old or new, without causing horrible damage to the hair except a bit of dryness. It is still acid, after all.

Check out: Using Vitamin C to remove blue and black hair.

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.
  7. Step 7: If the stubborn red pigments still don’t give up, you may night to repeat this process a few more times.

Remove red hair dye with vinegar

To lighten hair dye with vinegar, 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.

Remove red hair dye with bleach

Definitely, bleaching to is the last thing you want to do.

Hair bleach is effective, fast, and great to remove the red color from your hair to prep for the next color you want to put on. Yet it will be extremely damaging to your strands.

Things you’ll need

  • Bleach


  1. Step 1: Section the hair into four quadrants in order to neatly apple product
  2. Step 2: Apple bleach 1 inch away from the scalp and work down the hair section
  3. Step 3: Let the bleach process between 30-35 minutes.
  4. Step 4: Rinse out with warm water.

See also: 5 Steps To Bleach Hair With Just Developer At Home


It is understandable that you want to keep yourself stylish and up-to-date by the fiery hair color.

In order to do that, your hair has to withstand the chemical in the bleach that might actually be harmful to your scalp and strands.

So if you want to try a new color or remove the red pigments out of your hair and simultaneously keep your strands stay healthy, there are some natural methods that can help you with that mentioned above.

These tricks are simple, affordable, and as efficient as bleach.

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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!