The Removal of Red Hair Dye From Blonde Hair

by Mary Ylisela

Coloring your blond hair red can bring about an appearance-enhancing change that adds a little flair to your look. But when you decide your look as a redhead isn't what you envisioned, the red hair color, whether from permanent or temporary dye, can be removed and your blond color restored. When professionally removing undesirable red hair dye from your blond hair isn't an option, you can remove the dye with at-home remedies.

Items you will need

  • Liquid dish soap
  • 1 tbsp. clarifying shampoo
  • Deep hair conditioning treatment
  • Plastic wrap
  • Bath towel
Step 1

Combine four drops of liquid dish soap with 1 tbsp. of clarifying shampoo. Wash your hair, as normal, with the detergent and shampoo mixture. These two ingredients work together to remove hair color from your hair.

Step 2

Shampoo your hair, repeatedly, with the clarifying shampoo and detergent mixture until the red hair dye has been removed.

Step 3

Restore moisture to your hair with a deep conditioning hair treatment. Apply the conditioner from ends to roots, then wrap your head and hair in plastic wrap. Wrap a towel around your head, as well, so body heat can help the conditioner absorb into the hair.

Step 4

Keep the conditioning treatment on your hair for 20 to 30 minutes, then rinse it out with warm water and towel dry your hair.


  • Hair dye takes three days to set. Remove unwanted hair color within that time frame for the most successful hair color removal.


  • Chemical processing, such as hair coloring and permanent waves, can damage hair. Wait a few weeks between processes to keep hair from becoming brittle and breaking.

Photo Credits

  • hair color humor image by robert mobley from

About the Author

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.