Photo: Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images
A dye-job gone bad can seem like the end of the world. When you wanted strawberry blond strands and end up with carrot orange instead, you might be ready to get out the razor and shave it all off. Don't go to such drastic measures just yet. Although it's nearly impossible to remove hair dye without having the color stripped by a pro, there are some home remedies you can try to get it to a shade you can live with.
Laundry or Dish Soap
Laundry and dish soap get dirt and grime off your clothes and dishes, and they'll work in the same manner to get hair dye out of your hair. Wet your hair and work a few drops of laundry or dish soap into your strands. Use your fingertips to really work up a good lather. Let it sit in your hair for a few minutes, then rinse. Repeat as many times as necessary until you reach a suitable shade. Make sure to load up on conditioner when you're done, though. These soaps really dry out your hair.
Hot Oil Treatment
Heat works wonders at fading your hair color. Warm up a few tablespoons of olive oil in the microwave. Massage the oil into your hair. Wrap your hair up in a hot towel and wait at least 30 minutes before shampooing and conditioning your hair. Don't use a hot oil treatment more than once a week.
Cream of Tartar and Lemon Juice
Cream of tartar is typically used for cooking, but it can be your magic weapon when it comes to fading out your hair color. Mix it with lemon juice to make a paste and you've got double the ammunition. Massage the paste into your hair so each strand is coated. Wait about 15 minutes before rinsing it out and shampooing and conditioning your hair. Repeat as many times as necessary until your hair is the color you want it.
Anti-Dandruff Shampoo and Baking Soda
Baking soda is a common kitchen staple, but it also has uses in your beauty regime, like removing hair dye. Wet your hair thoroughly, then mix a couple teaspoons of baking soda with anti-dandruff shampoo. Use the mixture to scrub your strands. Rinse it out and repeat as necessary. Follow up with conditioner once you've removed as much of the hair dye as you can.
It's important to take action right away when it comes to removing hair dye. The first 48 hours are crucial in how successful you'll be at toning down the hue. And always use the hottest water you can tolerate when washing your hair to remove the dye. Heat is a good way to get rid of the color. Finally, use clarifying shampoo when washing your hair. This type of shampoo is designed to strip buildup from your hair and will help in removing color.