How to Safely Wash Off Your Hair Dye at Home

Remove dyed color from strands safely and successfully.

Finding yourself in need of a major hair color reset? If you’re tired of your hair dye color or maybe you tried to do a little D.I.Y. dye and it went awry, don’t worry, we can safely walk you through how to wash off hair dye at home. However you choose to lift your color out of your strands, remember to be kind to your hair, as it’s already been through a lot and needs lots of TLC.

Skip the bleach and don’t over-strip your hair! Try one of these three hacks to wash off hair dye, safely:

1. Dandruff Shampoo and Baking Soda

We recommend this dynamic duo for those who recently dyed their hair. The technique requires some baking soda and a dandruff-focused shampoo. A mixture of dandruff shampoo and baking soda should be strong enough to help lift your hair dye, without drying out your strands. We highly recommend using RE-Fresh Scalp Care Coconut & Soothe Anti-Dandruff Shampoo as it will help maintain healthy hair despite trying to lift some color. Use equal parts of both ingredients and leave the mixture on in the shower for about 5-7 minutes before rinsing it out.

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Hit the ‘reset’ button on your hair. Photo credit: Roisin Murphy

2. Clarifying Shampoo

The next tip comes straight from Unilever In-House Stylist Bailey Pope. Bailey recommends using a clarifying shampoo to slowly wash off hair dye at home, although it can be a potentially “brassifying” process.

“I would recommend using clarifying shampoos to gradually lighten/remove color. People usually don’t understand color principles and will be surprised by “brassiness” when lightening/removing color due to the natural undertones of each level of color. When people use clarifying shampoo too often, it’ll strip natural moisture from the hair and make it dry and rough,” she says.

If you’re going to try the clarifying shampoo method, definitely use a product like Dove Nutritive Solutions Clarify & Hydrate Shampoo which not only focuses on clarifying your strands for a refresh, it also adds in hydration hair craves. Follow up with Dove Nutritive Solutions Clarify & Hydrate Conditioner to reap all the benefits of this power-cleaning duo.

3. Dish Soap and Shampoo

Finally, you can go for the dish soap and shampoo trick. Warning: it can be a little drying to your strands. Take about 5 drops of dish soap and add it to a quarter-sized amount of your shampoo. Use this concoction for 2-3 days to slowly remove the hair dye and see some results.

If this is your method of choice, it’s important to go in with a moisturizing and repairing hair mask after each wash, since dish soap can be incredibly drying. Try using a recovery mask, like Bed Head by TIGI Resurrection Treatment Mask, to regain strength, softness, and repair damage.

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