Home Remedies to Fade Out Dark Hair Color

Updated February 21, 2017

If you have dyed your hair either at a salon, or at home, you may not be happy with the results. Often, when you dye your hair darker than your current hair colour, the results will be darker than anticipated. This can make your face look extremely pale. If you are shocked by your dark locks, consider using some home remedies to fade out dark hair colour.


Fade dark hair colour using straight olive oil or coconut oil in your hair. Both are indicated to remove hair colour. In fact, coconut oil and olive oil are not recommended for women with dyed hair because they can pull out the colour. To use either one of these oils, shampoo your hair first. Apply either the olive oil or coconut oil to your hair, paying special attention to areas that are darkest. Allow it to sit on your hair for a minimum of one hour and up to three hours. Do not use heat. Wash the oil out of your hair using shampoo. Keep in mind that oils can be difficult to wash out and you may have to shampoo your hair multiple times to remove it.

Dish Soap

Another home remedy for fading out your hair colour is to use dish soap. This works because dish soaps are alkaline, which swells the cuticle of your hair. Hair dye is deposited onto the hair by raising the cuticle layer, so raising that cuticle again can help to fade the colour. To use it this method, shampoo your hair first and rinse it out. Then wash the hair with as much dish soap as it takes to coat your hair. Wash it out using warm to hot water. Keep in mind that dish soap is harsh on your hair. Use a deep conditioner afterward.


Volumizing shampoo is another way to fade out dark hair colour, as it also opens up the cuticles of the hair. Just wash your hair with the volumizing shampoo as you would any other shampoo. Shampoo your hair up to two or three times in a row. Follow with a moisturising conditioner, as your hair will feel dry after doing so.

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Yvonne Van Damme is a freelance writer based in Seattle. She has been writing for several years with a focus on criminal justice and legal topics. In addition to various websites, she has been published in several academic journals. Van Damme holds a Bachelor of Arts in law, society and justice and sociology from the University of Washington.