Expert Reviewed

How to Remove Blue or Green Hair Dye from Hair Without Bleaching

While you may have enjoyed your blue or green (maybe even blue and green) hair, you've decided it's time for a change. You can always go to a salon to correct the color. However, if you prefer to fade the color yourself, then there are several strategies you can try using easy to find products, some of which you may already have. Whatever strategy you choose, keep in mind that fading your hair color may take some time.

Method One of Four:
Stripping Dye with Shampoo
Edit

  1. 1
    Decide if a clarifying shampoo will work for you. Clarifying shampoo is a great way to fade semi-permanent dyes. However, if you used a permanent dye, then using a clarifying shampoo may not be powerful enough to make a difference. This method may fade permanent dye a little, but it will take longer to do so.
  2. 2
    Buy a clarifying shampoo. You will need to buy a clarifying shampoo that is not recommended for use on dyed hair. This type of shampoo will help to strip your hair of the dyed color. You will also need conditioner. This can also be on the cheaper end of the conditioner spectrum.[1]
    • Suave Daily Clarifying is a good shampoo to use.
    • If your hair tends to be dry or unmanageable, you should buy a deep conditioner that will give your hair the nutrients it needs.
    • You can also try an anti-dandruff shampoo.[2]
  3. 3
    Consider mixing some baking soda into your shampoo. Baking soda is a natural bleaching agent, so adding it to your shampoo can make the color-stripping process go faster.
  4. 4
    Use warm water to wet your hair. Make the water as warm as you can stand it. Warm water opens up hair follicles and cuticles making them more receptive to being stripped of the dye. Get your hair thoroughly wet with the water before shampooing.
  5. 5
    Lather with the clarifying shampoo. Pour a quarter sized amount of shampoo in your hand and apply it to your hair. Use your fingertips to give your head a good scrub. Squeeze off any excess foam (which should be the color of the dye you are removing). Make sure your hair is thoroughly coated in the shampoo, but do not rinse yet!
  6. 6
    Clip your hair up. If you have short hair, you can leave it down. Place a bath towel around your shoulders that you don’t really care about (the shampoo and dye will run and could potentially get on your towel).
  7. 7
    Place a plastic shower cap on your head and apply heat. Make sure the shower cap covers all of your hair and is securely fitted on your head. Use a hairdryer to heat your hair, but take care not to hold the heat on one spot for two long or you could potentially melt the plastic. The heat will help the shampoo strip your hair of color.[3]
    • If you don’t have a plastic shower cap, you can use a plastic bag. Wrap it around your head and secure the opening in the front with a clip.
    • If one’s available, you might also sit under a heated hair-dryer. This will distribute the heat evenly over your whole head.
  8. 8
    Let your hair stay in the cap for 15 to 20 minutes. Once you have let it sit, rinse your hair thoroughly with warm water. Lather your hair with shampoo two more times, rinsing after each time you use the shampoo. When you are done rinsing, the foam should only have a hint of dye left.
  9. 9
    Cover your head with conditioner. Rub your hair thoroughly with the conditioner, making sure your whole head is covered. If your hair is long enough, clip it up, otherwise just leave it down.
  10. 10
    Use a hairdryer to heat your hair. Once your hair is semi-dry, let your hair sit for 25 to 30 minutes. Rinse your hair with cool water so that all of the conditioner gets washed out.
  11. 11
    Rinse your hair with cold water. To close the hair cuticles up, blast your hair with freezing cold water. This will help to ensure that your hair retains the nutrients and moisture it needs from the conditioner. You should see that the dye has faded to roughly 2/3rds of what is once was. Let your hair rest for a day and then repeat this process.[4]
    Advertisement

Method Two of Four:
Stripping Dye with Vitamin C
Edit

  1. 1
    Use 1,000 mg of vitamin C mixed with shampoo. You can buy vitamin C in packets, bottles, or as a powder. Place your vitamin C in a mixing bowl. If it is not already a powder, crush it up into a powder using the back of a spoon, a pestle, or, in a pinch, a hammer.[5]
  2. 2
    Add shampoo to your vitamin C. You will want to use good shampoo that leaves your hair soft and healthy. Add a good amount (a little more than you normally would use) to your vitamin C and mix the two ingredients together. Make sure there aren’t any lumps and that the powder is thoroughly mixed in.
    • You can also mix a little dish soap in with the shampoo and vitamin C if you want to boost the dye lifting power of this technique.[6]
  3. 3
    Wet your hair with warm water and apply the mixture. Warm water really helps to open up your hair follicles, making it easier to remove the dye. Apply the shampoo mixture to your hair. Lather up to work it into your hair and coat each strand from root to tip.[7]
  4. 4
    Clip your hair up and put a shower cap on. This method can be messy, so it is important to wear a shower cap while you wait for the treatment to work.[8] You should also wrap your shoulders in an old towel, as the dye tends to drip down. The shower cap should catch most of the drips, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
    • If you don’t have a shower cap, you can also use a plastic bag clipped in the front, or cling wrap that has been wrapped around your hair.
  5. 5
    Let your hair process for 45 minutes. During this 45 minutes, the shampoo and vitamin C mixture will be working to rid your hair of color. Once it is done processing, rinse your hair.[9]
  6. 6
    Work conditioner into your to hair. This is important to do so that your hair does not dry out or become frizzy. This method works on both permanent and semi-permanent dyes, however everyone’s hair is different. You may have to repeat these steps again if your dye is still noticeable. [10]
    Advertisement

Method Three of Four:
Using Household Products
Edit

  1. 1
    Run a bath and add bath salts. Bath salts, which can be purchased at drug stores, grocery stores, or at big box stores like Walmart, are known to fade blue and green semi-permanent hair dye. Run a bath with hot water and add a package of bath salts. Soak your hair for as long as possible in the tub. When you are done, your hair dye should be faded. You should then shampoo and condition your hair. Repeat this process in a day or two if necessary.[11]
    • You can also stop up a sink and add bath salts to that if you don’t want to soak in the tub.
  2. 2
    Use dish soap. Note that this will really dry out your hair so it is important to condition your hair well after using this method. Add four or five drops of dish soap to a quarter-sized amount of shampoo. Get your hair wet using hot water and then lather your hair with the shampoo mixture. Leave this mixture in for 10 minutes, then rinse.[12]
    • Follow this with a conditioning treatment.
    Advertisement

Method Four of Four:
Fading Dye in the Sun
Edit

  1. 1
    Spend more time outside. Exposing yourself to some natural sunlight over the course of a few days can also help to fade your hair color. Try going for a daily walk in the afternoon when the sun is at its brightest. Make sure to use sunscreen on your skin and do not spend too much time outside in the sun or your scalp may get burned.[13]
  2. 2
    Use hairspray. Cover the colored hair with lots of "strong hold" hairspray. Sit in the sun for as long as possible. Then brush out the hairspray, wash with an anti-dandruff shampoo and condition well to restore the hair's softness.
  3. 3
    Sit in the sun after going swimming in a chlorinated pool. While exposure to chlorine will not strip your hair of color immediately, going swimming in a chlorinated pool and exposing your hair to sunlight will begin to fade your dye.[14] However, you should always wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner after you have gone swimming. Do not expose yourself to so much sun that you end up getting burnt, as this could lead to skin cancer.
    Advertisement

Community Q&A

Search
Add New Question
  • Is the vitamin C method effective? And, if so, will it damage my hair?
    AA
    Answered by Ashley Adams
    • While everyone's hair is different, the vitamin C method does work for semi- and permanent dyes. Keep in mind that it will most likely cause your hair to feel dry.
    Thanks! 13 3
  • I dyed my hair blue and green over a year ago. How can I get rid of the dye?
    AA
    Answered by Ashley Adams
    • It sounds like you used a permanent dye. If so, I'd suggest trying the vitamin C method to fade the blue and green on your hair.
    Thanks! 5 10
  • How do I lighten a blue that is almost black in medium brown hair?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • I dyed my brown hair blue and at the beginning, it looked black. I just waited for it to fade, although you could try one of the suggested ways listed above. I would try using a clarifying shampoo.
    Thanks! 6 1
  • Can I cover a blue dye tone with an Ion silver hair tone?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • I don't recommend this, as I've tried it. The silver tone will not make much of a difference, since you need very light, almost white hair for it to even take. (Ion isn't a very good brand to use anyways, if you're using semi-permanent dye. The permanent is fine.)
    Thanks! 27 20
  • Can I cover my faded green hair with fuchsia without having to bleach or remove color?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • If it's a very light sort of mint green, then, yes that will work. Leave the fuchsia color in for an hour or two if it's a fashion colour so that it soaks in more.
    Thanks! 11 6
  • How do I get bright hair dye out of my hair?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • The best thing to do is consult a hair salon. If you want to try at home, use a color remover like Oops. This works well on permanent dyes and less so on semi-permanent, but it does tend to yield results. You can also bleach it out. And depending on the shade you originally used, you can dye over it. Be warned though that weird colors don't lift out in expected ways.
    Thanks! 7 3
  • What do I do if I have dyed over semi-permanent blue at the tips of my hair with a brown dye, and the tips are now a green tone?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Dye your hair a bright red colour before trying to dye it brown; otherwise your hair will turn a brighter green.
    Thanks! 27 24
  • If I get the blue out of my hair, will my hair still be blonde or do I have to redye it?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • If the blue is semi-permanent then it should go back to the color it was before you dyed it blue. If you're blonde under the blue then you'll go back to being blonde.
    Thanks! 37 36
  • After fading, can you re-dye hair to a "normal" color?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Yes, as long as your hair is light enough to properly take the particular shade you are trying to dye it.
    Thanks! 20 17
  • How do I remove the color from my hair so that it's ready to dye another color?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • Bleaching is the best option, but if you don't want to use bleach you could buy a hair color remover. If you dye your hair a darker shade than the color you have, then you could dye over it.
    Thanks! 9 12
Show more answers
  • How can I lift green low lights that are a result of putting brown over electric blue? The original colour was highlighted blonde.
  • What does the vitamin C actually do for my hair to lift out the color?
  • How do I get hair dye out of my hair?
  • My natural hair is blonde and I have just bleached it. The blue from my last color is still here and not my blonde. I tried bleaching it again and this blue won't come out. What can I do?
  • How do I get a faded tint out of my hair if I want to color it lighter? I had blue wash that faded to green in the ends of my hair.
Show more unanswered questions
Ask a Question
200 characters left
Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered.
Submit

TipsEdit

  • If you are unable to fix the color of your hair, you should consider going to a hairstylist who can fix your hair professionally.
    2 Helpful?  0
  • Always wear old clothes and put towels down when you are dyeing your hair.
    1 Helpful?  1
Add

WarningsEdit

  • Always use caution when using household products like dish soap and detergent. Take extra care not to get any in your eyes, ears, mouth or nose.
    104 Helpful?  40
  • Do not try to dye over blue or green hair with shop bought dyes like brown and black. Often, it will make them extremely dark and they will have a blue tinge to them.
    7 Helpful?  2

Expert Review By:

AA
Licensed Cosmetologist

This version of How to Remove Blue or Green Hair Dye from Hair Without Bleaching was reviewed by Ashley Adams on August 11, 2017.

37 votes - 90%
Co-authors: 22
Updated:
Views: 994,655
Categories: Coloring Hair

Reader Success Stories

  • Gloria Price

    Aug 9, 2017

    "I used the clarifying shampoo on my recently dyed haircolor disaster, and I was afraid to leave it on. So I just put it on as per the instructions herein, rubbed my hair strands a bit, and it did come off a lot! The color now looks choppy, but I am going to leave the clarifying shampoo on for 15-20 minutes as instructed here, followed by a deep conditioner. Wish me luck!"..." more
    Rated this article:
  • HA

    Hannah Amell

    Mar 31

    "I tried this twice. Both times took a significant amount of the green out, although it's still in there. I prefer this method to bleaching, since it does less damage. "..." more
    Rated this article:
  • A

    Anonymous

    Feb 10

    "The article has given a good tip for general hair process."
  • EG

    Elisa Gomes

    Apr 9, 2016

    "I was trying to get rid of my bright blue hair, and bleach only turned it green and fried my hair. So I tried the first tip minus the heat after soaking my hair in olive oil for 30 mins, and it worked wonders! After two washes, the green is almost gone!"..." more
  • MB

    Melly B.

    Aug 26, 2017

    "I'm a frequent hair dyer, and you'd have thought that at the ripe old age of 31 I'd know what I'm doing, but sadly no. This helped strip the blue/pink from my blonde hair. I used the baking soda, dish soap and vitamin C all in one go, and it worked!"..." more
  • JB

    Jackie Butler

    Apr 20, 2017

    "Just knowing I didn't have to go spend a bunch of money to get my blue hair dye out so I could go back with a different color was a huge relief. I usually don't go with crazy colors, but this was for a good cause, and I enjoyed it while it lasted."..." more
  • ML

    Megan Lugo

    Aug 18, 2016

    "Baking soda and shampoo really helped me. It didn't take all of the purple out, but it lightened it a lot so I can dye it back to my natural color or let my natural color come back on its own."..." more
  • JB

    Jackie Burnett

    Jan 28, 2017

    "I just recently bleached my hair from purple to blue at home, but now it's not only fading, but I have strands of yellow, blue and purple sticking out. Plus my hair is super damaged."..." more
  • JS

    Jae Smith

    Jun 16, 2016

    "They all work, but they take time. Don't get over-obsessed with trying to get rid of it all at once, it won't happen. Take it easy and take care of your hair."..." more
  • EL

    Elina Lampinen

    Jul 23, 2016

    "I had green hair accidentally. I tried stripping the dye with the shampoo method. It worked. Now I have blond hair and little green here and there. "..." more
  • KP

    Katie Phillips

    Mar 12, 2017

    "Both methods worked equally as well as the other. Between the two, I was able to remove the last of the green from the tips of my hair. "..." more
  • SM

    Stacy M.

    Jun 1, 2017

    "Tried to throw in some peak-a-boo blue behind my ears and my family did not approve, so I had to fix it fast. Thanks for the tips!"..." more
    Rated this article:
  • RM

    Reyna Martinez

    Jun 4, 2017

    "I have greyish-green hair leftover from blue hair and this helped me lighten my hair without bleach so I can dye it pink."..." more
    Rated this article:
  • AA

    Addie Allen

    Jul 27, 2016

    "I had fun with my colored hair over the summer, but now its time to get rid of it. This article helped me so much."
  • EC

    Ellen C.

    Jun 21, 2016

    "I didn't realize that washing my hair with hot water would open up the cuticles!"
  • VG

    Vane Gonzalez

    May 29, 2017

    "I'm gonna try these tips to wash out the rainbow tones. Hope it helps. Thanks."
  • MK

    Michele K.

    Apr 15, 2017

    "Gave me several options for removing a blue hue from my hair. "
    Rated this article:
  • MC

    Madison Creed

    Jul 17, 2017

    "Gave me ideas of how long it will take to get the color out. "
    Rated this article:
  • CM

    Crystal Martin

    Jul 30, 2016

    "The clarifying shampoo was the least damaging."
  • A

    Anonymous

    Apr 20, 2017

    "Going to try the methods. Fingers crossed! "
    Rated this article:
Share your story

Did this article help you?

Yes
No