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How To Remove Hair Color With Baking Soda?

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Nothing is worse than a dye-job gone wrong. Washing your hair to get a result that is the farthest thing from what you wanted, can throw you, head-first, into panic mode. But calm down. Now, take a deep breath because there is a solution – Baking soda. Read on to know how you can use baking soda to remove hair color.

How To Use Baking Soda To Remove Hair Color

Note: These methods will help fade semi-permanent hair colors. If you’ve used permanent hair color and are unhappy with the results, please consult a hair specialist.

1. Wash Hair With Baking Soda To Remove Hair Color

You Will Need
  • 2 tbsp Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 5 drops Fragrant Essential Oil (whichever you prefer)
  • Prep Time

    2 minutes

    Processing Time

    10 minutes

    Process
    1. Combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda with half a cup of water.
    2. Wet your hair and apply this mixture to it.
    3. Work the mixture into your hair and leave it in for about 10 minutes.
    4. Rinse your hair with water.
    5.  Combine the vinegar, water, and essential oil in a jug and pour it through your hair as a final rinse.
    6. Do not rinse your hair any further.
    How Often Can You Do This?

    3-4 consecutive days.

    Why This Works

    Baking soda and vinegar are excellent cleansing agents. This mix is likely to dry out your hair a little but it will also help fade your hair color to a certain extent.

    2. Dish Soap And Baking Soda To Remove Hair Color

    You Will Need
    • 3 tbsp Baking Soda
    • 4 tbsp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
    • 1 tbsp Dish Washing Soap
    • Shower Cap/Plastic Bag
    Prep Time

    2 minutes

    Processing Time

    20 minutes

    Process
    1. Combine the ingredients in a bowl until you get a smooth mixture.
    2. Apply the mixture onto dry hair until it is completely saturated.
    3. Cover your hair with a shower cap or a plastic bag and leave the mixture on for about 20 minutes.
    4. Wash your hair with warm water.
    5. Condition well.
    How Often Can You Do This?

    2-3 consecutive days

    Why This Works

    This method effectively fades semi-permanent hair color. The dish washing soap’s harsh detergents will considerably strip color after the first wash.

    3. Baking Soda And Shampoo To Remove Hair Dye

    You Will Need
    • 1 tbsp Baking Soda
    • 1 tbsp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo.
    Prep Time

    2 minutes

    Processing Time

    20 minutes

    Process
    1. In a bowl, combine the baking soda with a strong anti-dandruff shampoo.
    2. Dampen your hair with hot water and then shampoo your hair with the baking soda mixture.
    3. Leave the mixture in for about 20 minutes.
    4. Wash off with warm water.
    5. Condition your hair well.
    How Often Can You Do This?

    3-4 consecutive days.

    Why This Works

    Anti-dandruff shampoos have strong clarifying properties which will help strip the color from your hair. In combination with baking soda, it will remove a considerable amount of color without causing as much damage as bleach would.

    4. Baking Soda And Lemon Juice To Remove Hair Color

    You Will Need
    • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
    • 2 tbsp Baking Soda
    Prep Time

    2 minutes

    Processing Time

    20 minutes

    Process
    1. In a bowl, combine the ingredients until you get a smooth mixture.
    2. Apply this mixture onto the colored parts of your hair.
    3. Leave it on for about 15-20 minutes.
    4. Wash your hair with shampoo and condition well.
    How Often Can You Do This?

    3-4 consecutive days.

    Why This Works

    Lemon has strong bleaching properties which will help strip your hair of color. In combination with baking soda, it will help clarify your hair while also fading the color.

    5. Baking Soda And Epsom Salt To Remove Hair Color

    You  Will  Need
    • 1 tbsp Baking Soda
    • 1 tbsp Epsom Salt
    • 1 cup Water
    Prep Time

    2 minutes

    Processing Time

    20 minutes

    Process
    1. Combine the ingredients in a bowl until they’re well dissolved.
    2. Saturate your hair with the mixture and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
    3. Shampoo your hair and condition well.
    How Often Can You Do This?

    3-4 consecutive days.

    Why This Works

    Using epsom salt is one of the most effective ways of stripping color from your hair. This method will help strip away a considerable amount of color.

    6. Vitamin C And Baking Soda To Remove Hair Color

    You Will Need
    • 2 tbsp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
    • 5-10 Crushed Vitamin C tablets
    • 1 tbsp Baking Soda
    Prep Time

    2 minutes

    Processing Time

    30-60 minutes

    Process
    1. In a bowl, combine the ingredients until you get a smooth paste.
    2. Apply the mixture to damp hair until it is completely saturated.
    3. Leave it on for about 30-60 minutes.
    4. Wash off and condition well.
    How Often Can You Do This?

    2-3 consecutive days.

    Why This Works

    Using crushed vitamin C supplements is a popular way of stripping hair color. The presence of anti-dandruff shampoo and baking soda in this method make it all the more effective.

    7. Baking Soda And Peroxide To Remove Hair Color

    You Will Need
    • 6 tbsp Baking Soda
    • 3 tbsp 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
    • 1 tbsp Conditioner
    • Shower Cap
    Prep Time

    2 minutes

    Processing Time

    1 hour

    Process
    1. In a bowl, combine the ingredients until you get a smooth mixture.
    2. Apply this mixture onto your hair and leave it on for about 60 minutes.
    3.  Cover your hair with a shower cap.
    4. Wash your hair with shampoo and condition well.
    How Often Can You Do This?

    1-2 times a week.

    Why This Works

    Peroxide is a bleaching agent which will effectively strip most of the dye’s color out of your hair. While this process can dry out your hair, it is not as harsh as using strong hair bleach.

    Getting rid of an undesirable hair color is no longer a major problem. All you need is one simple ingredient from your pantry—baking soda.

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