DIY Hair Dye Removal without Bleach

22 February 2016
 Categories: Beauty & Fashion, Blog


Whether you had your hair dyed blue, green, or a mixture of colours, you may want to remove the dye after some time, perhaps for a different dye. When doing this, it's important to understand that over-bleaching can sometimes lead to mega hair breakage. Therefore, if you like DIY hairdressing and don't want to use bleach to remove the dye, here are a few tips you may find useful.

Using Clarifying Shampoo to Strip the Dye Colour

Shampooing your hair with a shampoo that's not colour safe for dyed hair can get you started. Such shampoos can help strip the dyed colour of your hair. Remember to buy a non-colour safe conditioner as well. Dandruff shampoos may also work, but depending on the active ingredients present in the dye and shampoo, dandruff shampoos can only lighten the colour of the dye. For this reason, it is important to stick to non-colour safe shampoos. However, keep in mind that this method is ideal for semi-permanent dye, so if you used permanent dye, you may want to consider the methods below.

Using Baking Soda

When preparing shampoo for your dye, consider adding natural bleaching agents such as baking soda. Adding these bleaching agents to the shampoo will reduce the time for the colour-stripping process, meaning the dye will be stripped of faster.

Using Hot Water

Before shampooing your hair, you need to wet it first, and using hot water is the best way to do it. Hot water will enhance the receptiveness of your hair cuticles and follicles to being easily stripped of the colour of the dye. Therefore, ensure that your hair is as wet as possible, but make sure the water is not too hot that you can't stand it.

Lathering Your Hair with the Shampoo

After wetting your hair, apply as much of the clarifying shampoo as possible and make sure you scrub your hair thoroughly. When the shampoo has coated every part of your hair, clip the hair up if it's long. With a bath towel around your shoulders, cover your hair with a plastic shower cap and if you have a hairdryer, heat your head. Heat will facilitate the colour-stripping process.

Rinsing Your Hair

After leaving your hair in the shower cap for 20 minutes or so, thoroughly rinse it with hot water. You should then lather it again with the shampoo and rinse it. Only a hint of dye may be left after two or so rinses. You will then need to condition your hair.

If these methods don't work, it may be time to contact a local hair salon like Kenricks Hair and let the professionals handle it.