How to Make Black Hair Dye Fade Out

by Elizabeth Chaplin ; Updated September 28, 2017

Fade your black hair color.

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After applying black hair dye to your hair, you remove the towel and gasp in disgust. If you dyed your hair black and hate the way it looks, there are ways to fade it without putting any more damaging chemicals into your hair. Permanent hair color contains ammonia and peroxide, which cause damage to your hair. (Ref 1) The color chemically changes your hair pigment, unlike semi-permanent color that just sits on top of the hair shaft. Fading any type of black hair dye requires the same process. However, permanent hair color will take longer to fade.

Mix 3 parts lemon juice with 1 part cream hair conditioner. (ref 2) Make sure to mix well, then transfer the mixture into a plastic bottle.

Rinse your hair with lukewarm water to completely saturate your strands.

Squeeze a medium-sized amount of clarifying hair shampoo (ref 2) to into the palm of your hand. Apply the shampoo to your hair, massaging in a circular motion from root to tip. Squeeze the excess water from your hair.

Put a dollop of the lemon and conditioner mixture into your palm and apply it to your hair from root to tip. Make sure to fully saturate all of your strands with the conditioner.

Lightly wrap your hair in a towel and let the conditioner sit for about 10 minutes. Lemon juice is a natural lightener.

Remove the towel and rinse your hair thoroughly with cool water. Repeat this process daily until the black hair dye is faded to the lightness desired.


  • Purchase a color stripper from a beauty supply store and follow the manufacturer’s directions when using. Color strippers work best if used no more than 48 hours after your hair has been dyed. Go to a professional to completely remove black hair dye. Black hair dye is very difficult to lighten, and using bleach products will damage your hair significantly. Dandruff shampoo also works to fade hair color, as it contains clarifying properties. (ref 2)

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