How to remove hair colour with olive oil

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How to remove hair colour with olive oil
Olive oil can help get unwanted hair colour out safely. (Getty creative)

Colouring your hair can lead to disastrous, unexpected results. Whether you colour your hair at home or the hair dye is applied by a professional hair colourist at a salon, the resulting colour may be a far cry from what you'd hoped for. Stripping the dye with strong chemicals and bleach can dry out your hair, causing it to lose its shine and lustre. Prepare a home remedy with olive oil to safely remove the unwanted colour from your hair.

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Things you need

  • Shower
  • Olive oil
  • Stove or microwave
  • Shower cap
  • Thickening shampoo
  • Conditioner

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  1. 1

    Stand in the shower under extremely hot water for as long as possible. You can also put your hair under running hot water in a sink. Hot water will help to fade your unwanted hair colour.

  2. 2

    Heat 120 ml (1/2 cup) olive oil on the stove or in a microwave for 10 seconds. The olive oil should be warm but not boiling. Saturate your damp hair with the olive oil, massaging it into the roots and down to the ends until all the hairs are completely covered. Put on a shower cap, and allow the olive oil to remain on your hair for 30 minutes.

  3. 3

    Wash out the olive oil with a thickening shampoo. According to, thickening shampoos open up hair cuticles and help in colour removal.

  4. 4

    Colour your hair with a darker, semipermanent colour if it becomes too light. Wait at least three days after the olive oil treatment to apply the colour.

Tips and warnings

  • Apply a leave-in moisturising conditioner each time you shampoo to help alleviate any dryness from colouring your hair.

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