There are plenty of solutions to removing hair dye and it doesn’t have to cost the world at a salon. In fact, there is a natural way to remove permanent hair dye using olive oil, and it’s called a hot oil treatment.
Written by Alice Carlill
You can remove permanent hair dye in an all-natural way using olive oil as part of a hot oil treatment. This home treatment allows you to naturally remove permanent hair dye without relying on chemicals or bleach that will only strip your tresses of their natural moisture.
The Benefits Of Olive Oil For Hair
There is a centuries-old tradition of people using olive oil for haircare. There’s also research to suggest that olive oil works to maximize moisture in your locks, adding buoyancy, softness, and elasticity to strands.
If you’re looking for a conditioning treatment that’s all-natural, consider using olive oil, as its chemical elements. Most notably oleic acid, palmitic acid, and squalene are all emollients.
Emollients are often added to hair care products such as conditioners or hair oil as they act as lubricants, thereby working to minimize friction or drag and reduce breakage.
They’re also fantastic humectants, which work to lock in moisture by forming a film that seals over the hair surface.
So, if you have dry, thick, or processed hair – particularly if you use relaxers or bleach regularly, considering treating your hair with olive oil.
Just be sure to use the right amount – try testing on a patch of your hair before applying it everywhere.
That way, you’ll avoid making your hair look oily or greasy, which is a natural consequence of being slightly too enthusiastic with the olive oil treatment.
Why Remove Permanent Hair Dye With Olive Oil?
At this point, you may be wondering: but why would I want to remove permanent hair dye with olive oil, or any other natural product for that matter?
Well, there’s a lot to be said for using natural, at-home remedies rather than chemical treatments.
1. It’s Cheaper
Choosing a do-it-yourself way of removing permanent hair dye via natural means will save you your hard-earned money.
Let’s be honest, hair care is expensive, and regularly visiting the salon can really cut into your savings.
But products like olive oil, baking soda, or vitamin C are readily available and won’t cost you the earth.
2. Olive Oil Is Natural
We are exposed to so many chemicals in our day to day lives, why would you want to go exposing yourself to any more?
Bleaching contains alkaline chemicals like ammonia or hydrogen peroxide. This works to break down the melanin in your hair cortex, which is why bleach is so often used in the process of dyeing hair.
But bleaching is incredibly hard on your hair, causing strands to become brittle, prone to frizz, and vulnerable to both split-ends and breakage.
By using olive oil to remove permanent hair dye, you’re avoiding subjecting your tresses to that stress. Olive oil also acts as a deep conditioner, so you’re actually helping hair to stay moist.
And don’t forget, it’s better to use natural hair dye removers on surfaces such as wood to avoid any chemicals ruining your floor.
3. It’s Better For The Environment
Many people are becoming more eco-conscious these days, and are more keen to use products with less effect on the planet.
Unfortunately, bleach and other chemicals used to remove permanent hair dye is really bad for the environment – most specifically for aquatic life. When you get rid of hair dye down the sink, on tiles, or in the shower, the chemicals can contaminate undergrown water.
That’s why consumers are becoming more invested in using natural treatments and techniques as replacements, moving away from chemicals both for their own and the planet’s benefit.
Of course, there are some colors that may be difficult to remove with natural remedies. If you’ve dyed your hair green or purple, a stronger remover could be needed.
How To Remove Permanent Hair Dye With Olive Oil
Below, we detail how to use the hot oil treatment in order to remove permanent hair dye with olive oil.
Follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to lusciously moisturized hair with deliberately faded color:
- You need to be rinsing your hair in hot water for as long as possible. This is to open up the hair cuticle and help the process of color fading along.
- Prepare around half a cup of olive oil – warm it up in the microwave or on the stove for 30 seconds before applying it to your hair. You want it to be warm, but not scalding.
- Drizzle the olive oil over your damp hair until it’s all in your locks, and use your fingers to really massage it into your scalp and hair strands. Make sure all of your hair is covered evenly – from the ends to the roots.
- Use a shower cap or saran wrap and wrap your hair up. This allows the oil to really penetrate your hair shaft, working to unfix the hair dye from your cortex. Aim for around 30 mins in this wrap.
- After that time, grab a thickening or clarifying shampoo. Both of these will help the olive oil remove the permanent hair dye from your strands. Use only lukewarm water – do not use boiling hot.
- If you have the time, follow with a leave-in conditioner. This is basically to alleviate any dryness and help hair recover from the dye as effectively as possible.
Other Ways To Naturally Remove Permanent Hair Dye
Ready to try removing permanent hair dye with other natural ingredients besides olive oil?
There are many other fantastic ways to naturally strip hair of its dye – below, we list the best.
Don’t forget, too, that both swimming and sun exposure will also fade hair color – so if you’re keen to shift your present hair dye, cover up with some SPF and hit the water.
You can also check out these excellent conditioners for swimmers.
Baking Soda And Dandruff Shampoo
Did you know that baking soda is a natural bleach? That’s right, you don’t need the chemical stuff in order to get the effect of removing hair color.
Using baking soda in combination with dandruff shampoo will create a paste that can help to get rid of hair dye.
The dandruff shampoo has higher pH levels, which works in tangent with the baking soda.
Just be sure to mix equal parts of shampoo with soda and allow it to sit in your hair for a while before rinsing.
If you’re a pro at using natural remedies to remove hair dye, you’ll likely have already heard of vitamin C.
All you need are those effervescent tablets that dissolve in water. They contain acid which oxidizes with hair dye, causing it to fade.
This is a particularly effective method if you’re looking to lighten hair.
Mix 1g (about three tablets) of vitamin C powder with your shampoo. Apply evenly over your head, use a plastic cap for 5-10 minutes, and then rinse with lukewarm water. Follow up with a conditioning treatment.
The acid in vinegar will work to remove permanent hair dye without damaging either your scalp or hair. We recommend white vinegar rather than apple cider, as it’s more acidic and therefore most effective.
Mix equal amounts of water and white vinegar before applying to your hair. Pop a shower cap on, leave for around 25 minutes, and rinse your hair. Follow with a conditioner. You may need to do this 4 – 5 times to get the most impact.
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