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4 Natural Methods for Fading Dye from Hair

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If you’ve ever been bored with your hair, like me, you’ve probably experimented with hair color to add a little excitement to your life. Over the past year, I’ve been red, brown, blonde, and a few other shades in between. Although dyeing your hair is a great way to change up your look, sometimes you end up with a color you didn’t quite plan for. Before you decide to get rid of that awful color by using more damaging chemicals, check your house for these products that are a safer, gentler option for fading/stripping unwanted hair color.



Vitamin C

This method for removing hair dye is extremely safe and effective, especially if you use it less than a week after applying hair dye. Typically, you can expect the dye to fade two shades.


1. Use a spoon to crush several 1000 mg Vitamin C tablets in a bowl.



2. Add a small amount of warm or hot water to the tablets to create a paste.

3. Add about 1 to 2 oz. of shampoo to the paste, and stir thoroughly.

4. Dampen your hair with warm water, then apply the mixture to your hair until it’s completely saturated.

5. Cover your hair with a plastic bag or shower cap, and allow the mixture to penetrate your hair for about an hour.

6. Rinse your hair thoroughly to remove the mixture.

Because Vitamin C is non-damaging and non-abrasive, you can repeat this treatment as often as you like until you see the desired results. Feel free to follow up with conditioner to replenish moisture. Quick tip: Try using less water, and instead, use the juice of a fresh lemon to help create the paste.



Baking Soda

If you’re familiar with baking soda, then you know it has many stain-removing powers. Besides removing stains from teeth, household items, and clothing, it can also be used to safely strip dye from hair, especially when used with an anti-dandruff or clarifying shampoo.


1. Combine 2 tbsp. of shampoo and 1 tbsp. of baking soda in a bowl, and mix thoroughly.



2. Cut a fresh lemon in half, and squeeze the juice of the lemon into the mixture, and stir.

3. Dampen your hair with warm water, then apply the mixture to your hair until it’s completely saturated.

4. Cover your hair with a plastic bag or shower cap, and allow the mixture to penetrate your hair for about 45 minutes to an hour.

5. Rinse your hair thoroughly to remove the mixture.

If you’re wondering, anti-dandruff and clarifying shampoos works better than regular shampoo because they strip the hair of natural oils to help color fade. Another alternative to the shampoo is regular dishwashing liquid. This treatment is very drying to your hair, so you’ll definitely want to follow up with a good deep conditioner to replenish the moisture you lost. Also, avoid applying the mixture directly to the scalp. I’ve found the baking soda to be irritating at times, especially if your scalp is sensitive.

Vinegar

The acidity of distilled white vinegar can also be effective for stripping dye. I don’t recommend using apple cider vinegar because it has a higher pH (less acid).

1. Mix equal parts vinegar and warm water in a bowl.



2. Saturate your hair completely with the mixture.

3. Wring the excess water from your hair, and cover your hair with a plastic bag or shower cap.

4. Allow the mixture to penetrate your hair for about 10 to 15 minutes.

5. Wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo, and rinse thoroughly.

You should notice results fairly quickly with this method, but you can repeat the vinegar rinse as often as desired. Be sure to follow up with a conditioner to replenish moisture.



Hot Oil

This method can be effective if you want to fade hair that has been dyed black. And unlike some of the other methods, it has the extra benefit of conditioning and moisturizing your hair.

1. Wash your hair thoroughly with a clarifying shampoo.



2. Heat about 4 to 6 oz. of your favorite oil. I recommend extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, or castor oil. You can heat the oil in the microwave, double boiler, etc.

3. Saturate damp hair thoroughly with the warm oil — making sure to apply the oil from roots to tips.

4. Cover your hair with a plastic bag or shower cap, and allow the mixture to penetrate your hair for about 30 to 45 minutes.

5. Wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo once more, and rinse thoroughly.

As always, follow up with a conditioner for added moisture.



Please keep in mind that these methods are generally only effective on semi-permanent and demi-permanent hair color. You may also need to repeat the methods a few times to receive your desired effect. Lastly, don’t be afraid to experiment by combining two more more methods to suit your needs.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.