Hair Color Too Dark? How to Lighten It (Without Bleach) (2023)

I've dyed my hair a lot, with both divine and disastrous results. With some experimentation, I've found ways to fix dye-jobs gone wrong.

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I Dyed My Hair Too Dark How Can I Lighten It at Home?

Did you dye your hair too dark? Stylist mess up your shade? Don't listen to those who tell you that you have no other option but to bleach it out. Bleach should be used to correct hair color mishaps as a last resort only. There is a better way that won't fry your tresses: color remover (or color eraser, depending on what brand you're looking at).

This article will focus on three options for lightening a too-dark dye job:

  1. Use color remover
  2. See a professional hairstylist
  3. Try fixing it up yourself at home with one of several DIY methods

First, I recommend you try color remover.

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1. Hair Color Too Dark? Use Color Remover!

Color remover, or color eraser, is a chemical that essentially reverses the oxidation of hair color molecules inside the hair shaft. It smells like sulfur, so don't be alarmed—that's just the product working its magic. While it may dry your hair out a bit, it's still very safe and not remotely as damaging as bleach would be. This is one of the most effective methods, especially if it's done at a salon.


  1. First, apply the remover to the hair, much like an all-over color.
  2. Leave it to sit for 15–20 minutes.
  3. Rinse it out thoroughly with cool water and shampoo. (Some stylists may also perform a test to see if it's all out by pouring developer on the hair. This will make the color that's leftover re-oxidize. Don't worry if this happens: They'll just re-apply the color eraser).

Note: Don't freak out if your hair isn't a beautiful color. The goal of this is to remove the dye, so you can re-dye it.

If all the color isn't out, then the color applied after this process could go right back to the first color. To avoid this, after all this has taken place, your next color should be 1–2 shades lighter than the goal color, just to ensure it doesn't just turn super dark again.

Can I Use This?

  • Artificial pigments: Yes. It will come out an orangey-blond color. However, have no fear because you're going to dye over it.
  • Permanent hair color: No, you cannot use color remover. Permanent colors remove the natural pigment from your hair and replace it with the artificial.
  • Semi-permanent or henna dyes: No. These stain your hair, and the color remover just doesn't work on them.
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2. See a Professional to Fix Your Dark Hair Color

If your hair is a complete wreck, and you don't want to even think about doing it yourself, you'll want to visit a professional hairstylist for color correction. This is probably the fastest way to get the color you originally wanted, but it also is the most expensive.

If the stylist is any good at their job, they should ask a few questions before starting.

What Brand of Hair Coloring Was Used?

By knowing the brand used, the stylist can pick a color remover that will work well with the chemistry of what has already been applied to your hair. While hair color brands will usually work with any color remover, the compatibility may also depend on the brand.

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Was This a Home Dye Job, or Did a Stylist Just Not Get the Correct Color?

If you did the color at home with a drugstore brand, beware! Some of them are classified as "direct dyes," meaning that they may contain metallic ingredients (for shine) that do not cooperate with color remover or bleach. Because of this, it's important that you inform your stylist about what kind you used upfront. If you don't, it could lead to even more damaged hair.

How Damaged Was Your Hair Before You Chose to Go Darker?

Your stylist should be able to determine the level of damage by feeling and looking at your hair. In a lot of cases, the color you applied may have been correct, but your hair was too porous from over-processing. Some people, like myself, have naturally porous hair. The same is true for damaged hair. This can be corrected by (after using the color remover) applying a shade that is 1–2 shades lighter than the desired result.

Just remember to suggest using a color remover (eraser) to the stylist handling the correction. Also, if they suggest scalp bleaching—run!

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Do I Need to Go Back to the Same Stylist?

If a professional messed up the dye job, you don't necessarily have to go back to them to fix it—but a perk is that they'll likely bend over backward to make you happy. At the very least, they might give you a refund if you aren't satisfied with the result.

If you've worked with them for a while, it might be worth going back since you have developed a good rapport. Trust that they will do everything in their power to try and fix it. Look at it as a collaborative process, not a confrontation.


If you're so upset or disappointed that you never want to return there again, giving them some constructive feedback may be very much appreciated by them. If you don't want to return to your original, offending stylist, look for someone who specializes in color correction.

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3. More DIY Fixes (Other Than Color Remover)

If your hair is only a shade or so darker than what you wanted and is not a mess of fried, broken hair, correcting at home is a viable option. Here are some options that you can consider, if so.

1. Use a Clarifying or Lightening Shampoo to Bleed the Color Out

For very mild cases, washing with a clarifying shampoo a few times will usually fade it to a nice color. It may take a bit longer (7-10 days), so be patient if it's not fading right away.

Look for a shampoo containing sulfates, which will help the color fade. Make sure it's not for color-treated hair! Deep conditioners can sometimes fade a color. Remember, even permanent hair color fades over time.

2. Use Baking Soda

If you find that shampoo is not helping enough, you can try to make your own paste using shampoo, lemon juice, and baking soda. You'll want to generously apply this to your wet hair and wait at least 45 minutes before rinsing it out. Since lemon juice is highly acidic, it can damage your hair, so use it sparingly. Your hair should be 1-2 shades lighter after one use.

3. Use a Color/Dye Remover

As mentioned above, color removers are the way to go. Most beauty stores should have salespeople who are knowledgeable about the product and how to use it. Be sure to follow all of the instructions, or you might end up back in a stylist's chair, paying hundreds to fix your attempt at correction. Remember, this is going to lighten the color, but it won't bring your hair back to its original color.

4. Use Bleach Shampoo

Bleach shampoo is the one exception to bleach use that may work for those of you trying to correct your dark hair color. Make sure you use bleach shampoo only if you used a professional line of hair color (i.e., without metal salts). A bleach shampoo can be great if you just want the color to be a little softer, or you need it to lighten up quickly and intend to use a semi-permanent color after. A permanent color may dry out your hair and is not recommended.

5. Other Solutions

  • Hydrogen peroxide: This is commonly used to lighten hair—either by itself, mixed with other ingredients, or by a professional stylist. It is generally safe, but it could cause damage to hair and skin if not used correctly. It's probably best to have this done in the salon rather than trying it at home.
  • Honey and water or apple cider vinegar mixture: This combination may help lighten your hair as well. Use a 4:1 ratio of honey and water or apple cider vinegar. You can also add a little bit of hydrogen peroxide if you feel comfortable using that. Pour the mixture onto your hair, cover it with a shower cap, and let sit for about two hours. Rinse. You should notice a difference after using it one time.
  • Honey, cinnamon, and olive oil: This is another way to naturally lighten your hair. However, it is a very gradual process. You may need to do it 10-15 times to notice a difference. How does this work? Trace amounts of hydrogen peroxide become activated when mixed with cinnamon. The olive oil is a nice way to add some extra hydration.

Note: There are a lot of different DIY solutions out there, including using chamomille tea or coconut oil, but the results have been very hit or miss depending on your hair color.

What Should I Do After the Color Fades?

  • If you decide to go the DIY route, make sure to treat your hair after the color fades because the shampoo will likely strip your hair of vital oils.
  • Buy a leave-in conditioner or hair mask made for dry hair.
  • Be patient! It may take weeks or months to get back to your original color.

How to Avoid This Situation in the Future

  • Make sure to choose the right color. This is not as simple as you may think. Compare dyes and do some research. Some brands like Garnier and L'Oreal let you virtually test out different shades to find the right one for you. If there's a certain brand you like, check out their site to see if something like this is available.
  • Don't leave the dye on longer than it says.
  • If in doubt, pick a little bit of a lighter shade. You can always darken it in the future.
  • Don't mix brands or colors.
  • Get a consultation from a professional. They can help you find the right color and ensure your hair is dyed correctly.
  • If getting it professionally done, communicate with your stylist. Be as specific as you can be. Bringing in pictures is always a good idea. Don't let them talk you into something you don't want. It's your hair.

Don't Panic Over Your Dye Job

Don't freak out too much over an unwanted color. There are ways to fix it without seriously hurting your hair. I have done it the right way and (to my dismay) the wrong way.

The wrong way resulted in a pixie cut that I'm now trying to grow out, along with many nights of sobbing over my lost hair length. But, hair grows, and even before it does, you can fix the color easily! Learn from my mistakes.

Good luck!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2011 Rozenwyn

Vi diddit on January 25, 2019:

I picked a colour that was too dark what do i do now

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Lori on June 24, 2018:

I colored my hair at home with Ion hair color and developer. The color on the box said medium intense brown. My hair naturally is medium brown so this color sounded pretty. Well it is way to dark. Almost black. What do u recommend to lighten it to a brown without the black in it?

Gerri on May 16, 2018:

Hair by salon coloured my hair dark blond but it turned out quite dark and now my roots (gray) are showing and I want to lighten my hair. I have washed it many times and it did get it a bit lighter by using Age Defy medium blond to soften the dark hair but it didn't take to the roots. What should I do now?

Penelope Fowler on August 22, 2017:

Iwanted light brown my phsco roommate locked me out of bathroom so my haircolor stayed on to long and turned and turned dark auburn so need to change to light brow. Thanks

jeane on March 21, 2017:

I am up late so stressed out because I got a $200 balayage, only for it to turn out to be the worse color job I have ever received. I am a natural level 5n-6n and highlights turn brassy on me very easily. I explained all this to the lady. I asked for root touch up, and highlights in the blonde yellow-ash range. She did my roots a 3 with blue undertones, and my highlights with 7 with green undertones. I look like I have black roots and burn out dry rust colored ends. I am freaking out. I can image spending more money to fix this mess as this was a splurge for me to begin with.

Sondra on June 22, 2016:

I have colored my hair since I was 16. I "thought" I knew hair color pretty well and what brands I could trust WRONG! Loreal has always had dependable products, so I trusted the name. What I didn't know was Loreal Feria was a totally different animal. I had kept my hair red for years and the instructions on the box said do the blond first, then go for the grey, which is what I wanted since I wanted to just let my hair go natural as it grew. Ok, I put the grey on about a month (today) after I did the blond. BTW the blond came out beautiful. Not so with the grey. After putting it on like it said and waiting the proper amount of time I rinsed my now deep purple hair. I wanted to scream. I reshpooed it, nothing. I did it again while searching for what to do. Second shampoo not much better. I found a suggestion to mix shampoo with baking soda. I'm getting ready to rinse that out and see what I've got. I found one other suggestion that had soda in it, but I have to go back and see what the rest are. Wish me luck.

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Rozenwyn (author) from Portland, OR on December 28, 2015:

@Steph, oh no! I'm so sorry that happened! I've been right there with you. Unfortunately, color removers, like color b4, only work with permanent colors. A semi-permanent is more of a stain on your strands, so the remover has nothing to reverse. I would be very careful considering how many processes are already on your hair. Unfortunately, my best advice is to get a harsh drugstore clarifying shampoo and use it a few times; you can even suds it up and leave it on your head like a hair mask. That can really help to lighten and soften the color. However, it won't restore it to your blonde hair. Anything else, like a bleach shampoo, I would recommend going to a professional that can assess the state of your hair before attempting to lighten it more. Good luck! Let me know how it turns out.

Steph on December 28, 2015:

I was blonde, but I hated my roots, so I colored my hair with wella medium blond dye that was semi permanent it went way to dark and had green in it! Then I added Loreal medium brown permanent dye and it didn't cover and it went even more green! Went to my stylist and we went dark brown black using Redken shades eq. It was semi permanent plus she added a little red to counter act the green. I hate it and want my light hair back! I have used color b4 and I liked it. But now I am not sure if I can use it on semi permanent hair color. My hair is short so I can not afford to destroy my hair and I do not want to bleach. Not sure what to do.

casey on October 28, 2014:

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Omg... so I had to come write here after reading posts about my disastrous night. It's 5 am and I couldn't even sleep due to the monstrosity my hair had become with the dark purple SPLAT. I recently did the blue and was in love with it, I was ready for another color (I have several I purchased to try), and was concerned about the blue /black the was left in my hair. A lil backstory, I did the blue on my natural color then decided to bleach the front strands and a small part of my underhair. The blue hadn't washed out yet so I decided to rebleach the front and under hair, and like an idiot, decided to bleach the rest of my hair for a quick 10 minutes to get the blue out completely. Well I definitely effed up the bleaching all over but was like Screw it! I'll dye it the purple, no1 will notice! Holy hell balls it was horrific! I'm not sure if it was the purple, the bleach job or god telling me your to old to dye your hair, but it was a mess! I wish I had a pic but I was bright purple in the front and underhair and a very strange cranberry pink/purple for the rest! So after trying to go to sleep, failing miserably!, I started looking up how to get this out. .. being that splat is a direct dye, most things don't work. I tried color oops earlier to get the blue out and that did nothing. I figured my only hope was either washing my hair vigorously for days or re bleaching it again... and my hair is thin, I knew it would break off if I did. So ive been researching and what I tried was

* johnsons baby shampoo

* a little hydrogen peroxide

* some baking soda thrown in

* and I used a tablespoon, maybe more, of the base for the bleach that comes with splat.

To be more specific, not the packet of bleach, but the bottle of oxide you ADD the packet of bleach to.

I brushed it over the front and under hair for 10 minutes and then did rest of my hair. Put a cap on my head and left it for 15- 20 minutes.

Lemme tell you folks,,, about 80% of the color came out! !! If not more! ! The front and underhair that i bleached blonde is now a lavenderish color and the rest of my hair is back to the light brown color from when I bleached for ten minutes. .. still a mess.. BUT holy crap what a difference! ! Much better then what I started off with lemme tell you! I really wanna do something with what's left but instead put on a deep intensive conditioner and im leaving it on for a few hours. Hopefully this helps for anyone else with the same issue!

Mel on December 13, 2012:

Hi this was a great read thanks. i have a vague colour correction question some advice would be welcome. While I understand how colour works my salon life is not as a colourist so any experienced advice would be ideal.

My friend who lives quite a distance from me decided stupidly to bleach her below shoulder length medium (5/6) brown hair blonde. Well of course the results were predictable as brown lifted a couple of shades and left her with orange/yellow. Now this is where it gets complicated as I'm unsure to what she had done next. She seems unsure to what the salon used to make her dark, dark brown almost black but now obviously hates this result. I've told her to go back to the salon straight away to have it corrected. However I don't know the salon and am unsure of the correct procedure to help her lift this dark brown a few shades lighter to as close as possible to the original medium brown that she begun with?

If possible please can you explain what the procedure would be if this dark brown was either permanent or a semi permanent colour? For example my alarm bells would be ringing if the salon suggested more bleach (on such long hair) am I correct in this and what's the best directions I can give her?

biancalyne on July 16, 2012:

I did this once, and it's always awful when you go to dark! The first time I went to the salon and they told me they'd have to bleach it out and cut all my hair off.. that was a sad, sad day. After regrowing all my hair I did it again and it came out almost black when I had picked a light brown. I did my reasearch that time as I did NOT want to have my hair bleached and chopped off again, I found this awesome stuff called Color Opps. I applied it like a hair dye and washed after half an hour and the color faded to an awesome lighter brown! I'm suprised more people don't know these products exist and resort to the bleach and cut method. I didn't know they were available until it was suggested to me online and my stylist didn't know about it either! (Or maybe they just make a lot of money from DIY screw ups). Either way, great post! Thanks :)



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How do I lighten my hair after I dyed it too dark? ›

A lightening or clarifying shampoo can lift the color and help you get the desired result. You can request that your stylist use a shampoo that is designed to lighten your hair. You can also wash your hair with clarifying shampoo in between salon visits safely to lift the color even more.

Can I lighten my dark hair without bleach? ›

Your hair will lighten on its own when exposed to UV and UVA rays. To quicken this process, spritz equal parts lemon juice and water onto your hair and soak up the sun. “The safest way to do some lightening at home is lemon juice diluted with water,” says Davis.

How can I lighten my dark dyed hair naturally? ›

Natural bleaching agents like apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, chamomile tea, or cinnamon and honey can lighten hair gently and naturally with minimal damage. Rinse your hair in a solution of warm water and one or more of these lightening agents, then sit in the sun to dry.

Will Dawn dish soap lighten hair color? ›

Dawn dish soap also acts as a mild bleach and can, therefore, be used to remove or lighten hair dye on your hair.

Will purple shampoo lighten dark hair? ›

You'll find that purple shampoo does not actually lighten your hair. It removes the warm, brass-colored, or orangish tones found in bleach blondes or highlights among brunettes.

How do I get my hair from dark brown to light brown? ›

To lighten your dark strands to a lighter one and go from brown to blonde highlights, you'll need to lift your hair colour with bleach. Bleaching will help you lighten your hair colour down. Always remember that your hair does not get lifted more than two shades per session.

Does vinegar lighten hair? ›

Apple cider vinegar to lighten hair

It can reduce dandruff, encourage growth, and remove oil build-up, making it a wonder treatment for hair. For lightening, mix one-part apple cider vinegar with six-part waters and spray across the hair. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes before washing it out.

Does baking soda lighten hair? ›

Baking soda can also lighten hair that isn't dyed, but not when it's used by itself. To lighten nondyed hair, you have to use baking soda as a base with hydrogen peroxide. This is a bleaching agent that lightens hair.

Can you lighten hair dye with conditioner? ›

Does mixing conditioner with hair dye make it lighter? Mixing a conditioner with your hair dye will make it slightly lighter because the conditioner acts as a diluting agent. However, it shouldn't affect the color of semi-permanent dyes drastically.

Does dish soap fade hair color? ›

Using a detergent that is meant to get tough grease out—like dish soap—works well to remove any color that can't hold on. If you color your hair and immediately hate it, an immediate shampoo with some dish soap will strip a lot of the color away.

What does Dawn do to hair? ›

Dawn dishwashing detergent can restore hair in a number of ways because of its intense cleaning properties. For example, Dawn will lighten your hair if you accidentally color too dark, or it will clean out oil and other grimy liquids and dirt that regular shampoo isn't strong enough to clean.

What does baking soda do to your hair? ›

Baking soda dissolved in water helps to remove any buildup of oils, soaps, and other ingredients in typical hair care products. By stripping away this buildup, baking soda can leave hair squeaky-clean, shiny, and soft.

What happens if you use purple shampoo on dark hair? ›

Purple shampoo works the same way to eliminate brassiness on brown hair as it does on blonde. It helps to prevent color fade, while emphasizing shine, keeping brown hair vibrant and rich. Using purple shampoo on brown hair regularly will take out any unwanted warm tones in your strands.

What happens if you use purple shampoo on dyed black hair? ›

If you have black hair, then using purple shampoo will only be effective at changing colors if you have very light-colored highlights. For changing your actual black hair color, purple shampoo won't do much or have a noticeable effect on black hair.

What happens if u use purple shampoo on brown hair? ›

Because purple sits across from orange on the color wheel, purple hair treatments will neutralize the brassy tones and help your hair look fresher. Using purple shampoo on dark hair with highlights or lightened brown hair will have a pretty similar effect as it does on blonde hair.

How do hairdressers lighten dark hair? ›

Hydrogen peroxide and ammonia are the most commonly used bleaching agents. They are often mixed together, because when used separately, they are unstable and very slow in lightening the hair.

How do I transition my dark hair to light? ›

The Process

It's best to go slow because your hair can become damaged if try to get it too light right away. “On average, you'll need about three to four visits before you start to see a drastic change,” says Olson.

How do I go from dark brown to light blonde? ›

Unfortunately, these colour pigments cannot be lightened or changed, despite common belief, by simply popping another colour on your hair. So if you want to go blonde from brown you will need to use a 'bleach' to do so.

How long does it take for white vinegar to lighten hair? ›

Vlogger Sarah Williams claims that plain vinegar and honey can lighten hair in as little as 10 minutes. You can even apply this solution at night and sleep your way to natural highlights.

What home products lighten hair? ›

Combine Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide

Combining hydrogen peroxide with baking soda, though, creates a paste that can sit on your hair and work magic, lightening it by one to two shades.

How long does it take for hydrogen peroxide to lighten hair? ›

To lighten your hair with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, mix the two ingredients into a paste, and spread it evenly throughout your hair. Leave it on for 15 minutes to an hour, depending on how dark your hair is, and then rinse it out with cold water.

How do you lighten hair that was dyed too dark with baking soda? ›

  1. Combine two tablespoons of baking soda with half a cup of water.
  2. Wet your hair and apply this mixture to it.
  3. Work the mixture into your hair and leave it in for about 10 minutes.
  4. Rinse your hair with water.
  5. Combine the vinegar, water, and essential oil in a jug and pour it through your hair as a final rinse.
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Does toothpaste bleach your hair? ›

Can toothpaste bleach your hair? Yes, leaving toothpaste on your hair long enough may bleach your hair, but that doesn't mean you should try it. Even if whitening toothpaste can “bleach” or lighten hair on your skin and on your body, the result will be somewhat unpredictable.

What happens if you put lemon juice and baking soda in your hair? ›

Sometimes you end up with dye on your skin or the color in your hair is not what you expected. No worries: you may be able to remove hair color with lemon juice and baking soda. Lemon juice lightens the hair and removes built-up product, and baking soda acts as a mild scouring agent.

How many washes does it take to fade permanent hair color? ›

It's hard to say, but permanent hair dye should last at least six weeks. The average person can expect their colour fresh from the salon to fade by around 50% after just two weeks of wear (and some may go as far down as 30%). Of course this varies depending on your natural hair type and how often you shampoo.

How long does it take for permanent hair dye to fade completely? ›

Ideally, permanent hair colour would stay just as vibrant as it was the day you coloured it, at least until the roots grow. On most heads of hair, that would mean a good 6-8 weeks between touch-ups.

How do you remove semi permanent hair dye in one day? ›

Mix equal parts baking soda and anti-dandruff shampoo.

Combining baking soda, an abrasive, with anti-dandruff shampoo, a clarifying product, creates a mixture that can help strip dye out of hair. Use 1 tablespoon (14 grams) of baking soda and 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of anti-dandruff shampoo.

Does coconut oil remove haircolor? ›

While coconut oil has some amazing health benefits, it does not remove hair dye from your hair. It does the opposite. Using coconut oil regularly in your hair can help reduce fading. Since coconut oil is so moisturizing, it coats and nourishes damaged hair, protecting the applied color.

How does olive oil remove permanent hair color? ›

Saturate your strands from root to tip and gently massage the oil into your hair and scalp. Cover your hair with the shower cap and wait for 30-45 minutes. You might want to tuck a towel into the neck of your shirt to prevent the oil from dripping. Once your time's up, rinse your hair thoroughly with warm water.

How does apple cider vinegar remove hair color? ›

How To Remove Hair Color With Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse?
  1. For longer hair, 1/2 tablespoon in one cup of water is a good ratio.
  2. Once you shampoo your hair, pour this concoction over and then rinse with plain water.
  3. While it does not remove permanent hair color, it can change the shade or lighten the color.
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What do you do when you hate your hair color? ›

Tell your colorist in a calm way that you are unhappy with how the look turned out, and he or she will be understanding,” Hazan says. Try to explain exactly what you don't like about the color. Is it too dark all over?

Will Head and Shoulders fade hair dye? ›

What makes Head & Shoulders special is the addition of dandruff-fighting active ingredients that protect your scalp in-between washes from dandruff-causing irritants. These active ingredients do not strip hair color.

Is it OK to mix conditioner with hair dye? ›

Mixing hair dye with conditioner will dilute the dye and create a softer tone and color when you dye your hair. Conditioner should only be mixed with semi-permanent dyes and preferably vibrant colors such as pink, purple, green, and red.

Can you add bleach to hair dye to make it lighter? ›

Can you mix hair dye with bleach powder and developer? Bleach powder and developer need to be mixed in a specific ratio in order to achieve the correct lightening effect. Adding hair dye to this mixture will not have the desired result, so it is best to avoid doing this.

How do you lighten semi permanent hair dye? ›

Baking soda is a great option for removing semipermanent hair dye and lightening dark hair. It can be used alone or combined with other ingredients. It's worth noting that baking soda can have a drying effect on your hair, so it's important to deep condition your hair and use the paste sparingly.

How do you lighten hair that was dyed too dark with baking soda? ›

Using baking soda alone

Add enough water to achieve a medium-thick consistency. It shouldn't be too thick or too watery. Next, gently massage the baking soda paste over your hair. Allowed the mixture to sit on your hair for 15 to 20 minutes, and then rinse or wash your hair.

Can you lighten already colored hair? ›

To achieve a lighter shade on previously-colored hair, we recommend you do one of two options. The first option is to use a strong lifter—treatments that have a volume of ingredients like ammonia, peroxide, bleach, or alternative chemicals that clear the hair molecules of color.

Can you put lighter hair dye over dark? ›

Dark hair that hasn't been previously colored can be dyed the same level or up to two shades lighter without bleaching. Previously dyed hair can be dyed darker, but it can not be dyed lighter without bleach.

Does dawn and baking soda remove hair dye? ›

2. Dish Soap And Baking Soda To Remove Hair Color. This method effectively fades semi-permanent hair color. The dishwashing soap's harsh detergents will considerably strip color after the first wash.

Does dish soap remove hair dye? ›

Use Dish Soap…

Using a detergent that is meant to get tough grease out—like dish soap—works well to remove any color that can't hold on. If you color your hair and immediately hate it, an immediate shampoo with some dish soap will strip a lot of the color away.

Does baking soda help lighten dyed hair? ›

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What shampoo will fade hair dye? ›

  • Neutrogena Anti-Residue Clarifying Shampoo. Amazon. $22. See On Amazon.
  • Color Oops Extra Conditioning Hair Color Remover. Amazon. $12. ...
  • Malibu C Swimmers Wellness Shampoo. Amazon. $38. ...
  • Ouidad Water Works Clarifying Shampoo. Amazon. $59. ...
  • Head & Shoulders Classic Clean 2 In 1 (2-Pack) Amazon. $16. ...
  • It's Just Vitamin C Powder. Amazon. $10.
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Does vinegar fade hair dye? ›

Many people use vinegar as a scalp cleanser, but it can also remove hair dye, so use caution if that's not your intent. If it is, you can mix white vinegar with warm water and apply it to your hair to remove hair color. Allow it to sit for ten to fifteen minutes, then rinse.

How do I go from dark brown to light brown? ›

If your current hair color is a medium or dark brown and you haven't dyed it in the past, you can use a light brown hair dye to achieve the color that you want. This is achieved by mixing the hair dye with 20 vol or 30 vol peroxide, which will give you lightening as well as deposit the new color.

Will lemon juice lighten dyed hair? ›

When you think about lightening your hair color, using fruit might be the last thing on your mind. But lemon juice is an excellent DIY method for changing hair color. Lemon juice contains citric acid, which is a natural bleaching agent.

What happens if you put light hair dye on dark hair? ›

No. If you apply blonde hair dye on dark hair, you will never reach a blond hair colour. You will however damage your hair from the chemicals in hair dye and risk ending up with dry, brassy, straw-like hair. If you have dark hair and you want to go blonde, you'll have to bleach it.


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