How to Strip Red Hair Dye Out of Hair

Updated February 21, 2017

Unfortunately, many women and men will botch their hair dye jobs. When you do your own hair colour, you run the risk of not getting it right. An even bigger mistake than dyeing hair the wrong colour is dyeing a different colour on top of the old colour in an attempt to fix it. This can severely damage and burn the hair. If this happens, the pigment will need to be stripped from the hair. By stripping the hair of the pigment, you will take the old colour out and it will leave the hair follicles healthy and ready to be dyed again.

Put on old clothes and plastic or latex gloves to protect your skin from the chemicals and stains.

Combine the activator liquid into the remover powder bottle of the hair stripper. Hair stripper can be purchased at any beauty supply store.

Pour and massage the liquid over your whole head until the hair is saturated.

Leave the stripper in your hair for the amount of time specified in the instructions.

Wash the stripper out of your hair. The hair stripper will take out the hair colour as well as the natural colour of the hair. Because of this, your hair will need to be redyed.


Many times, the harsh ingredients in the hair dye contribute to bad results. A list of toxic ingredients to avoid when purchasing hair dyes can be found at

Things You'll Need

  • Old clothes
  • Plastic or latex gloves
  • Hair dye stripper
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Andrea Griffith has been writing professionally since 2005. Her work has been published by the "Western Herald," Detroit WDIV, USAToday and other print, broadcast and online publications. Although she writes about a wide range of topics, her areas of expertise include fashion, beauty, technology and education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and English from Western Michigan University.