I’ll admit, I’m guilty of using harsh chemicals to dye my hair all sorts of colors for many years and unfortunately, it did quite a number on the quality of my hair. Whether spending hundreds of dollars at salons or using drugstore box color at home, my hair has seen and done it all.
At some point I decided that coloring my hair with chemicals wasn’t the best option for me and I wanted to find a more natural alternative. There are a few different ways you can color your hair naturally and after some research, I found that high quality henna was the best choice for coloring my hair without the risk of doing any damage.
I really enjoyed henna and how it made my hair look and feel but after a few years of using it, the color started to build up too much and I wanted to go back to my natural color again. Luckily I found this amazing trick that’s all natural and works like a charm!
Remove Dye Without Bleach!
Most professional hair dressers will tell you that bleaching your hair is the only way to remove color which will leave your hair fried and damaged. Fortunately, this isn’t the only option! There is a much more natural way to remove semi-permanent, permanent, and even henna dyes from your hair with little to no damage. It’s a simple little ingredient called Vitamin C, and most of us have a bottle of it in our medicine cabinet!
How Does Vitamin C Remove Hair Dye?
It’s not entirely understood why Vitamin C works so well for hair dye removal, but it’s thought that the ascorbic acid (the main ingredient in Vitamin C) is what interacts with the dye molecules and breaks the chemical chain that causes the dye to stick to the hair.
It could also be the citric acid that helps break down the dye, thus allowing you to wash it out. Whatever the reason, Vitamin C is a sure fire way to remove any type of hair dye, old or new, without causing any significant damage to the hair except a bit of dryness.
How To Make A Vitamin C Hair Dye Removal Mask
The steps to making a Vitamin C hair mask are pretty easy with just a few simple ingredients needed. You may already have Vitamin C tablets in your medicine cabinet which will work perfectly for this recipe, however, I do recommend getting straight Ascorbic Acid powder as it’s much easier to work with.
The milligrams of Vitamin C don’t really matter with this recipe, only that it’s Ascorbic Acid based. You can easily use 500mg or 1000mg potency with the same results.
What You’ll Need:
- 15-25 Vitamin C Tablets or 1/4-1/2 Cup of Ascorbic Acid Powder
- 1/4-1/2 Cup Shampoo (clarifying works best but any shampoo will do)
- 1 TBSP Conditioner (optional)
- Plastic Mixing Bowl
- Shower Cap
What To Do:
- Place the Vitamin C tablets in a ziploc bag and crush into a fine powder with a rolling pin. You can also use a spice grinder to get a super fine texture. (If using Ascorbic Acid powder, measure out 1/4-1/2 cup into a plastic bowl depending on your hair length.)
- Place the Vitamin C powder into your bowl. Add your shampoo of choice to the Vitamin C powder and mix well until you get a thick, creamy consistency, almost like a paste. If the mixture is too watery, add a little more Vitamin C.
- For very dry hair, add 1 tbsp of conditioner to the mixture.
- After mixing, apply the Vitamin C mask to dry hair making sure to saturate each and every strand. Massage the mixture into the hair.
- Place a shower cap over your hair and set a timer for at least 60 minutes.
- After an hour has passed, wash hair with hot water for a minimum of 5 minutes. This step is very important! Rinsing your hair thoroughly will ensure that the hair dye molecules will not reattach after the Vitamin C treatment. If you do not rinse your hair long enough, the dye may darken again.
- Condition and dry hair as usual. Hair may be a tad dry but will bounce back after a deep condition.
Things To Consider
Depending on how much dye was in your hair, you should notice a considerable difference in color after this treatment. If you have a lot of dye buildup, you may need to repeat this process a few more times. Be sure to give your hair a break between treatments, usually a few days.
Once you have removed all the dye from your hair, you can safely apply a new hair color if you would like. Using natural hair coloring alternatives is best, however, you can use regular chemical processes if needed.
Have you used Vitamin C to remove hair dye? How did it turn out? Share your experiences below!