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We don’t blame you for experimenting with semi-permanent rainbow hues – the more shades the better, right? But, if you’re starting to rethink/regret your bold look we have the ultimate tricks to take your locks back to their former glory.

That should please your Bridezilla of a best friend/traditionalist mother/judgmental boss [insert annoying hair ‘commentator’ here]…

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What Will I Need to Remove Semi-Permanent Dye?

 
  • Vitamin C tablets
  • Anti-dandruff shampoo & conditioner
  • Pestle & mortar
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Step 1 – Crush Vitamin C Tablets into a Fine Powder

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Yes, you read correctly. These tablets are not just for boosting your immune system – they also have magical hair stripping properties. Crush between 5-10 tablets (depending on how much you need according to hair length) until they become a fine powder. You can do this by using a pestle and mortar or by cutting up and crushing using the back of a spoon.  

Step 2 – Mix the Powder with Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

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Take your vitamin-packed powder and mix with a 2p-sized amount of anti-dandruff shampoo to create a paste.

Step 3 – Apply Paste to Hair

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Apply this to any areas you wish to remove semi-permanent dye, whether it’s just the tips or all-over.

Step 4 – Leave Paste on Hair

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Allow the formula to work its magic for 30-60 minutes. An episode on Netflix later and…

Step 5 – Rinse Hair

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Wash the paste out fully and towel dry before admiring the results.

Step 6 – Repeat

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If you have a lot of colour in your hair, you may want to repeat this process if the dye isn’t completely lifted but we recommend leaving at least 48 hours between applications to minimise hair damage.

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Ta-da! 

Back to how nature intended.

What do I do if the Colour hasn't fully Come Out?

Fear not, if the method above didn’t work first time we have other suggestions that may help you achieve your desired hair colour.

  • Bicarbonate of soda. Just like the Vitamin C tablets, this kitchen cupboard hero can be applied to your dyed hair to help lift out the colour.

  • If your at-home attempts to remove the colour have not given you the results you were hoping for then always seek professional advice and assistance.