Best ways to remove hair color from hair

So, you have got some cool colors on your hairs but now you are really unhappy with it after it has faded a tone or two. Yes, this is something all of us girls fond of coloring our hairs face once in a while. The right hair colors can add a lot to your appearance, but at the same time when they fade or stick only to the ends of you your hair strands they actually look odd. In addition to that, they will also stop you from trying out a different shade on your hairs. So, when you are stuck in a situation like this you are left with no other way but to try to get rid of the hair color quickly.

There are a number of ways that you can try to remove hair color from your hairs but the effectiveness of these measures vary widely depending on the shade of the color you have got on your hairs at present. Keep one thing in mind, irrespective of the particular technique you use for removing the colors it will harm your hairs highly or at least to some extent. There is hardly any method for removing hair color from hairs that will not cause any damage.

However, by choosing the right procedure and using the technique exactly according to the suggestion you can reduce the damage to a great extent.

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This article will present you with some of the most effective methods for removing hair colors from your hair. These measures can have varying effectiveness in removing the color and also differ in their capacity to damage the hairs. Some of the techniques are suitable only for fading the present hair color to a few tones while some others might be able to remove the color to a great extent. It is suggested to opt for the comparatively milder techniques first and to go for the harsher ones only if the milder processes do not work for you. Here we start,

Anti-dandruff shampoo

One of the easiest and least damaging ways to remove hair color from your hairs is to use anti-dandruff shampoo regularly. They can effectively remove any pastel color as well as unwanted shades from the hairs with repeated use. Anti-dandruff shampoos contain chemicals that help in stripping the colors off from the hairs along with the oil. So, if you use anti-dandruff shampoo for washing your hairs regularly, the hair color is sure to get diluted considerably within a week.

However, keep in mind that it might not be the best way if the color is still strong on your hairs and you are trying to get rid of the color really quick. This technique is not very effective for removing permanent hair colors, but can work fine to speed up the lightening process of the darker semi-permanent colors.

The best thing about using anti-dandruff shampoo for removing hair color is that it is comparatively milder on your hairs and will not cause much damage. However, never miss to follow with a suitable conditioner after every wash.

Bath salts

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The bathing salt which moisturizes your skin and keeps it healthy can also work to strip off hair color from your hairs. 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. The best way to use bath salts for removing the hair color is to run a bath and add a higher amount of bathing salt in it. Now you need to soak your hairs in this bath for as long as possible. When you leave the bath you will see the water has turned colorful if there is still a lot of pigment left. This treatment has negligible damage risk for your hairs and can be the best way to get rid of any excess hair color. However, this technique also is not quite effective on permanent hair dyes.

Hot oil treatment

This is another popular treatment that can lighten the shade of your hair color with repeated use. Take some coconut or olive or almond oil and warm it up under flame. You need to massage your hairs thoroughly with the oil when it is still warm but not hot. Cover your hairs with a shower cap and let it set for the whole night. Wash off with an antidandruff shampoo in the morning. This treatment has least damaging effects on your hairs.

Baking soda with lemon juice

Well, this treatment might sound like a good bargain between effectiveness in removing hair color and damage caused to the hairs, but keep in mind that this process will not leave your hairs unharmed. Both the ingredients of this treatment can be quite harsh on the hairs, particularly when mixed together. However, it is surely a much less damaging way than using the chemical beach. Mix two teaspoons of baking soda with 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. Make it a point to apply the mixture onto your colored hairs immediately after you have prepared the pack. Keep this pack on your hairs for a maximum of 10 minutes and then wash off with plenty of water and do not forget to moisturize your locks. Do not keep the mixture on your hairs for more than 10 minutes even if there seem to be more color left; you can apply the treatment again with a gap of 1-2 days.

Vitamin C with shampoo

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Vitamin C treatment can work effectively for removing direct dyes to a few tones. This treatment also has hair damaging ability so do not keep the mixture on your hairs for more than 10 minutes at a stretch in anyway. Take two 500mg Vitamin C tablets crush them to powder and add with a large dollop of a shampoo that is not mild or herbal. Now apply this mixture immediately to your hairs, covering every strand properly and let it set for the next 5-10 minutes, then remove the mixture from your hairs with a clean towel before washing off with plenty of water. Do not forget to follow with a hair conditioner.

Honey and cinnamon

This is a natural hair bleaching treatment that can effectively dilute the unwanted colors from your hairs. This treatment can work even to lighten your natural hair color. When used on semi-permanent colors, this treatment can actually give you effective results without damaging your hairs to an unrepairable condition. This treatment can be used effectively for removing hair colors from few particular locks or from the ends of the hairs. Grind 2 long strands of cinnamon into powder and mix it with sufficient amount of pure honey to make a sticky mixture. Apply this mixture to the colored hair strands in excess and let it set on your hairs for the whole night. Both Honey and Cinnamon has natural bleaching properties that can work effectively on your colored hairs. Wash off with an anti-dandruff shampoo in the morning and follow with a deep conditioner.

Vinegar rinse

Vinegar can also work as an effective agent for removing hair color. The best thing about this treatment is that it is much less damaging for your hairs. After you have washed your hairs with an anti-dandruff shampoo, soak your hairs in a vinegar solution for 5 minutes and then wash off with plenty of water before following with the shampoo once again. You can also add a spoon of oil with the vinegar to ensure that the treatment does not dry out your locks completely.

Hair color removers

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The demand for products to remove unwanted hair color is not anything less, which has propelled many brands to come up with hair color removers. The color removers are usually sold in two categories, the color reducers and the color strippers. The color strippers are high in bleach content and are most damaging for your hairs, while the color reducers are the less damaging variety of these two. So pick a color reducer and use it on your hairs exactly according to the instructions mentioned on the bottle. Remember, that every color reducer comes with its unique formulation and hence their application should not be the same. So, read the bottle carefully before you use it on your hairs and follow line by line. If it says to keep the remover on for 10 minutes, do not keep it on even for 9 or 11 minutes. The damage caused by these removers is in the moderate range that can be repaired with regular care.


Bleach is the most powerful hair color remover available. While this technique can be actually effective to remove hair colors quickly from your locks, it is also highly damaging for your hairs and it might take you some time to control the dryness caused by the bleach. So, opt for the bleach treatment only after you have used other techniques with no satisfactory results. Another important thing that you need to keep in mind about bleaching your colored hairs is that bleach might turn cool tones to warmer shades, thus turning your hair color to something different and brighter instead of removing it. Before you use bleach, it is vital to opt for a patch test and only if you are satisfied, go for it.