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Homemade hair dye paste removal

Updated July 18, 2017

Dying your hair at home can achieve results that you did not want---too dark, the wrong colour, or the wrong shade. If you coloured your hair through a salon and the results were not what you expected, the hair salon should correct their mistake or redo your hair to your satisfaction. Otherwise, a homemade hair dye remover paste can be made with simple ingredients from around your house to remove dye from your hair.

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Mix 1/4 cup shampoo, 1/2 cup of baking soda, and the juice of 1 lemon together until you form a thick paste. If the mixture is too watery, add a small amount of baking soda to increase the consistency. Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is commonly used in cooking, as an odour remover, and is a good stain remover because of its high pH. Lemon juice is a natural bleach making it useful in lightening your hair colour.

Strand Test

Do a strand test first before treating all of your hair with hair dye removal paste. Rub paste into about 10 to 15 strands of hair and let it sit for 30 minutes. Rinse hair strands with warm water and before proceeding, make sure you do did not have any reaction to the paste or that it did not turn your hair a shade you were not expecting.


Place entire mixture onto hair and rub into a lather, making sure to cover all strands of hair. Leave mixture on hair for 45 minutes. If irritation or burning occurs, rinse treatment out immediately. After the 45 minutes is up, wash the mixture out of hair until you see the water running clear. Condition your hair with a good, moisturising treatment.


Repeat making mixture and apply to hair again, leaving in for another 45 minutes if the first hair treatment did not remove enough of the dye from your hair. You may have to repeat up to three times before achieving your desired results.

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About the Author

William Peterman is a registered nurse with experience in mental health, surgery, urology, drug research and critical care. Peterman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and also has a Master of Business Administration. His articles on health and nutrition have appeared on various online publications.

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