Truth is we’ve been delaying this article for a while until we had enough information & facts to allow us to enlighten our readers. Hopefully by the end of this article you’ll have no doubts about this subject.
Can Vitamin C Remove Hair Color?
Ascorbic acid, a form of vitamin C, is used in some over-the-counter products that claim to lighten or bleach your hair without damaging it. For years, people have used lemon juice, which is rich in vitamin C, as a natural hair lightener that activates when it is warmed by heat or the sun. It’s this line of thinking that leads some people to conclude that vitamin C can work to “erase” or remove hair color that you don’t like.
The truth is that vitamin C can’t turn back time to before you dyed your hair. Hair color works by breaking open the hair follicle and adding pigment to your natural colors (dyeing) or by stripping the natural color out (lightening and bleaching). Once the color of your hair has been modified, there’s no replacing or restoring the natural pigment.
There’s a chance your hair could cooperate with a vitamin C treatment and look similar to how it looked before, especially if the dye you used was semipermanent. Additionally, there’s no peer-reviewed research that indicates vitamin C is a good solution to a dye job gone awry.
How To Remove Hair Dye Using Vitamin C
You can try to remove hair dye using vitamin C by creating an ascorbic acid hair mask.
This type of hair mask may also come in handy when chlorine or salt water has affected your hair color. Keep in mind that your results may vary. Remember that any food coloring or product dyes will interfere with the finished hair color, so steer clear of any artificial colors in your hair mask.
Once the ingredients are well-blended, apply the mask to your hair. Give extra care to roots and ends. Pop on your shower cap and leave the hair mask on for 30 to 60 minutes.
If desired, follow up with a hydrating conditioner to prevent dryness after using this treatment. That’s why using vitamin C as a topical home remedy for removing hair dye is safe for most people. Because of variables like your hair type, hair damage you may have, and what kind of dye you used, it’s hard to predict which of these methods, if any, would be effective.
Color-correcting products There are color-correcting products, such as shampoos, toners, and hair masks, that are sold specifically to remove or lighten colors you have added to your hair. You should shop with your hair type in mind. Products that “strip” or bleach your hair may cause more damage in the long run.
White vinegar rinse White vinegar can bond to hair pigment and rinse out some types of semipermanent dye. Baking soda paste Baking soda has a high pH and may be able to penetrate your hair follicle to remove some pigments. Apply it evenly to your hair, avoiding your scalp.
Leave the mixture on your hair for 20 to 30 minutes, rinsing well and conditioning afterward.
Instead of using conditioner or shampoo I used a cream peroxide and it happened so fast that I knew something was wrong. My head was burning, so I headed for the kitchen sink and rinsed it out with cold water.
This time I did not follow the directions and almost got in.
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