The Removal of Red Hair Dye From Blonde Hair

Going from blonde to redhead is a huge step in hair color.
Going from blonde to redhead is a huge step in hair color. (Image: hair color humor image by robert mobley from

Coloring your blond hair red can bring about an appearance-enhancing change that adds a little flair to your look. But when you decide your look as a redhead isn't what you envisioned, the red hair color, whether from permanent or temporary dye, can be removed and your blond color restored. When professionally removing undesirable red hair dye from your blond hair isn't an option, you can remove the dye with at-home remedies.

Things You'll Need

  • Liquid dish soap
  • 1 tbsp. clarifying shampoo
  • Deep hair conditioning treatment
  • Plastic wrap
  • Bath towel

Combine four drops of liquid dish soap with 1 tbsp. of clarifying shampoo. Wash your hair, as normal, with the detergent and shampoo mixture. These two ingredients work together to remove hair color from your hair.

Shampoo your hair, repeatedly, with the clarifying shampoo and detergent mixture until the red hair dye has been removed.

Restore moisture to your hair with a deep conditioning hair treatment. Apply the conditioner from ends to roots, then wrap your head and hair in plastic wrap. Wrap a towel around your head, as well, so body heat can help the conditioner absorb into the hair.

Keep the conditioning treatment on your hair for 20 to 30 minutes, then rinse it out with warm water and towel dry your hair.

Tips & Warnings

  • Hair dye takes three days to set. Remove unwanted hair color within that time frame for the most successful hair color removal.
  • Chemical processing, such as hair coloring and permanent waves, can damage hair. Wait a few weeks between processes to keep hair from becoming brittle and breaking.

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