How to Get Black Hair Dye Out

how to get black hair dye outWant to find out how to get that black dye out of your hair? Well, chances are you really do, if you have come here and are reading this post right now, so I guess that now it is up to me to provide you with the info you’re looking for.

Let me start with saying that getting black hair dye out isn’t an easy thing to do – even hair care professionals often find it to be a quite challenging task. If you mess up and do something wrong, there is a strong possibility that you hair will suffer and start falling out.

Now that you’ve been warned, we can go through some of the methods.


Going to a Hair Salon

If you are really afraid to mess your hair up then seeing a professional stylist could be the safest option. It’s probably obvious that this would also be the most expensive option. Most US hair salons charge anywhere from 200 to 600 dollars for this procedure. Of course, they have all the best hair care products, professional color removers and knowledgeable specialists, so you should expect good results.


Using a Color Remover

Now this is definitely much cheaper than going to a hair salon as a good hair dye remover costs around $15 and can also give you good results.

How it works?

Most color removers just simply destroy the hair dye molecules. They aren’t as harmful as bleach but most of them still contain a small amount of bleach and that’s what makes these products powerful enough to be able to remove permanent black hair dye out of your hair. Color removers can still do some damage to your hair, so don’t overuse them.

One thing you must be aware of is that a color remover won’t restore your hair back to its original tone – it is most likely that your hair will end up being light orange. The goal here is to just simply get the black dye out, so that you can color your hair to the tone you desire.

The products

There are many different color removers out there but the most popular one is probably L’Oreal Color Zap. It is specifically designed for fully removing permanent hair dye from your hair. Many people suggest it as the best option, however, the opinions differ. Most of the people who have used L’Oreal Color Zap agree that it gets the job done (gets the hair dye out) but can be a bit damaging to your hair.

One ‘n Only Colorfix is another hair dye remover which has become quite popular. It’s around the same price as L’Oreal Color Zap and it also works well. The general consensus is that the biggest disadvantage of this remover is its extremely bad stench.

Extra Tips:

  • Make sure that the product you’re using isn’t designed for making virgin black hair lighter because if that is the case, it won’t help with dyed hair.
  • Always read all the instructions before using a color remover to be sure about what you’re doing.
  • Rub your hair at least a little bit when you are rinsing your hair in order to get even more of the black hair dye molecules out of your hair.
  • Trim a few inches of hair off before the procedure because it is especially difficult to get black dye out of your hair ends.


Using a Clarifying Shampoo

If you don’t want to use any products that can potentially harm your hair then there is another option – buy a strong clarifying shampoo and use it every time you wash your hair. Your dark hair should become visibly lighter after a few washes.

Obviously, the results won’t be immediate but this an option for those who want to play it safe. Make no mistake, these are strong shampoos and you shouldn’t use them on daily basis for long periods of time, however, they are still much less harmful than color removers and bleach.

You can still wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo even if you plan on using a color remover in the future. That way you can make the black hair dye fade at least a little bit before applying the color remover.

How it works?

If you are skeptical about the possibility that a simple shampoo can really help you to get rid of black hair dye then think again. It actually makes sense – you should remember what clarifying shampoos are supposed to do. They are designed to remove a wide range of different things from your hair, including minerals, dirt, hard water deposits and chemicals which, of course, include hair dye chemicals too.

I personally recommend a build-up removal shampoo from Just Natural. You can buy it here.

Other Home Remedies

These are remedies you don’t usually talk about too loud. These are cures you only try at your own risk. But all these things, as strange as it sounds, have also reportedly helped a lot of people get rid of black hair dye.

I’m talking about baking soda, lemon juice and dishwashing liquid. Yeah, if you didn’t know yet, all these things are used for getting hair dye out. However, don’t get too excited because there’s every bit a chance this doesn’t work as it does.

There are people who love adding baking soda to their shampoo because they believe that it’s the real deal. After putting the shampoo in your hand you should add a teaspoon of baking soda to it, then apply this mixture to your hair and wash it as usual. After adding soda to your shampoo it basically becomes a clarifying shampoo and gets much more powerful, so it would be great to follow it with a conditioner.

Dishwashing liquid is probably the scariest thing to put in your hair out of all three. It is strong though, so dish soap may actually help and can it really be any worse than bleach? Well, it’s probably not that much damaging, however, one thing is for sure, dish liquid can really dry your hair out. Still, getting black hair dye out seems to be just too big of an issue and people keep using dishwashing liquid as a cure – I guess we just have to believe that it works.

With lemon juice the procedure goes like this – add a cup of lemon juice to a little bit of hot water and then massage or spray it into hair. After that you should go sunbathing and expose your hair to sunlight for at least an hour before washing it. This is a grandmother’s recipe that many use and that is less abrasive than the two previous ones.



Well, what can I say really? You can never be sure about anything until you try it yourself but I hope that this article at least gave you an idea about what are your options. Black hair dye is definitely tough to get out, so you should only color your hair black if you’re 100% sure about it.

The basic truth is that the more effective methods for removing black hair color are also more dangerous and potentially harmful. It all comes down to how bad you want to get that dye out of your hair. If you can’t stand the black tone and need to get rid of it ASAP then you can use a color remover or even bleach the color out but if you’re scared to damage your hair then you can just wash it with a stronger shampoo and be patient. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s a thought out decision that you won’t regret later on.



Can you give us any additional tips on how to get black hair dye out? Do you know about any other options that haven’t been mentioned here? Please, share your thoughts with us!