How to Remove Iron Stains From Hair

Getting iron stains out of your hair takes a bit of work, but is well worth it.

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Iron, a mineral found in well water, is often at high enough levels that the water stains everything it touches like a vat of spilled ink. This includes your lovely locks. That's right -- if your hair is light brown or lighter, it will soon take on an icky orange cast from the iron. Forget a quick fix, lady. Face it -- your mane is stained. If you can't see the orange in your hair because it's dark-colored, don't think you don't have a problem. Instead, run your fingers through your tresses. Do your strands have that coarse, crunchy feeling? If you answered yes, you have mineral build-up. Keep your cool -- you can reverse the process and get back to your natural hair.


Mix up an iron-blasting potion of 0.3 ounces of clear gelatin powder, 0.3 ounces of vitamin C powder and 1.5 to 2 ounces of lukewarm water. By the way, ditch the tainted well water -- snag some bottled instead.


Get a gallon jug of distilled water and add 1/2 to 1 tsp. of clarifying shampoo to it. Put the lid on and give it a few of your best shakes to create some sudsy action inside.


Get into the shower -- this is going to get messy. Slowly pour the entire gallon of shampoo mixture onto your tresses. Pat the suds into your hair. Rinse clean with some more bottled water.


Put a big bowl on the floor of the shower to catch the potion as it drains out of your mane. Get ready to recycle that stuff! Pour the vitamin C, gelatin and water mixture onto your roots and work it through with your fingers to the ends.


Pour the overflow that landed in the bowl back over your hair again while working those fingers from roots to ends. Keep repeating over the course of five to 10 minutes. The worse the stains are, the longer you need to spend on this project.


Purge your hair of residue with a dousing of non-well water. Rinse it clean. Problem solved.

Things You'll Need


1.1.5 to 2 ounces of lukewarm water

3.0.3 ounces of clear gelatin powder

5.1/2 to 1 tsp. of clarifying shampoo

7.Big bowl

2.0.3 ounces vitamin C powder


6.1 gallon of lukewarm bottled or distilled water

8.Measuring cup with spout


Tips & Tricks


If you're the least bit leery about tackling this task on your own, don't be afraid to consult with a professional hairstylist about your discolored mane.

If your hair is really on the damaged side, ditch the clarifying shampoo and opt for a moisturizing formula. It can strip your brittle strands of needed oils and cause breakage.


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