Homemade hair dye remover

Updated February 21, 2017

If you've dyed your hair and aren't happy with the results, you can change things at home. Removing hair dye without chemical treatments performed by salon personnel works best within three days of the application of the dye, so start as soon as you realise you're unhappy with your hair colour. There are a few different steps you can try to remove the dye from your hair at home. Homemade hair dye removers can be as simple as water and olive oil, so it's easy to try and see if you can restore your natural colour alone before seeking professional help.

Olive oil and water

Heat 710 ml (3 cups) of olive oil in a saucepan on the stove over medium heat. Don't let the olive oil boil.

Remove the oil when you see it start to steam. Pour it into a bowl and dip your fingers in carefully from time to time until it is cool enough to apply to your hair. The hotter the oil, the better the chance it will be able to remove the hair dye.

Pour the oil over your hair slowly and massage it into your hair with your fingers. Once you've used all the heated oil, rub a bit of shampoo into your hair.

Stand under a very hot shower and lather the shampoo in your hair. Rinse your hair for at least 20 minutes or until the dye stops colouring the water.

Alcohol and mineral oil

Apply a 70 per cent alcohol solution to your hair using cotton balls. Avoid getting it on your skin. Let it soak in for 10 minutes.

Coat your hair with mineral oil. Put a plastic shower cap on your head so that all of your hair is covered.

Use a hair dryer to apply heat to your hair for at least 30 minutes.

Remove the shower cap and pat shampoo onto your hair to help remove the oil. Stand under a hot shower and lather the shampoo into a foam.

Continue shampooing until the oil is off your hair and the water going down the drain turns clear.


After applying homemade hair dye removers to your hair, be sure to deep-condition your hair to restore the lost moisture.


Do not pour any heated oil on your head until you're sure it's not hot enough to burn you.

Things You'll Need

  • Olive oil
  • Saucepan
  • Bowl
  • Shampoo
  • 70% alcohol solution
  • Cotton balls
  • Mineral oil
  • Shower cap
  • Hair dryer
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Melly Parker has been writing since 2007, focusing on health, business, technology and home improvement. She has also worked as a teacher and a bioassay laboratory technician. Parker now serves as a marketing specialist at one of the largest mobile app developers in the world. She holds a Master of Science in English.