MY DIY Hair Dye Remover Experience

Ola! I haven’t really been updating my blog for quite some time now. I guess my only excuse for such is my broken heart, or maybe not. I just really don’t know what to write. Sorry about that. I’ll be sure to update my blog every now and then so we can all share different beauty tips and such. 🙂

Basically, this blog post is about the wonders that the DIY (Do It Yourself) Hair Dye Remover did to my almost jet black hair that I claimed to be dark brown. Just a disclaimer though; the top portion of my hair is lighter than the rest because of the numerous hair coloring techniques that I did to somewhat try and get the blackness out of my hair. If you follow me on twitter, you’ll see that I keep on tweeting about how I try to make my hair look brown again, but then again, it doesn’t work for my hair. That’s why I resulted to doing this DIY thing.

So here is how the story goes: the first thing I did a month after dying my Golden Blonde hair to “Dark Brown” was to get it colored again. So I went to see my hairdresser and ask if he could color it. He said he could but the roots would be light. At first, I didn’t believe him even though he was a professional because I was so damn desperate to get the black hair out. To my dismay, he was right. Only the roots were the ones that got light. The only suggestion he could give was to bleach my hair so that he can color everything out evenly. Inevitably, I’d say no because I’m too afraid to bleach my hair again. It already caused so much damaged that’s why I colored it dark brown that went on to being this disgusting jet black colored hair.


My hair only looks brown because of the Instagram setting but if you look closely, the roots are so much lighter than the rest of my hair.

Again, if you look more closely, you can see that the roots are so much lighter than the rest of hair.

And since I am naturally hard headed when it comes to these things, I decided to experiment on my hair. And so I bought two boxes of Kolours Permanent Hair Color in Caramel Brown and used it on my hair a week after coloring it. The reason why I bought two was because I was hoping that when I dye it two times in a row, it will magically remove the blackness of my hair. Yes, I was this desperate to get it out. However, in the end, it still didn’t do anything but furthermore lighten the roots of my hair. Though it somewhat lifted the jet black like color and made it to black. I guess it wasn’t that black anymore, but its still dark that’s why I gave up on it after attempts on making it lighter. I also had to rest my hair in the process because it was starting to be brittle in texture because of the chemicals.


Unfortunately, its starting to get to me and so I searched the internet on ways of making it lighter. I came across several bloggers saying that blonde hair color can somewhat lift the blackness. So I went ahead and bought Etude House’s Golden Blonde Hair Color. I even took a train the first time to SM Megamall to get this because the one in North Avenue was out of stock. Yeah, I know, that’s how desperate I am to get rid of it. I also bought the Hortaleza Medium Blonde hair color to somewhat correct the color in case it comes off too light. So what happened to my hair when I tried the Etude House Golden Blonde? Well, the black did turn into reddish brown, however my roots were like orange already since the color was about two shades lighter than black before I colored it. I already assumed that this would happen so I bought the Hortaleza Medium Blonde. To my effin dismay once again, the reddish brown didn’t turn into brown or any shade lighter than that. The Medium Blonde mixed with the 12% Oxidizing Lotion just made it worse. Also, the roots were still lighter than usual.


As you can see, my roots are really light and the rest of the hair is brownish black when it hits natural lighting.

I was really disappointed with the results because no matter what I do, the color is still dark. That’s why I decided to buy a box of Hortaleza Permanent Hair Color in Light brown to somewhat correct the mistake since the lady in the store recommended it to me. I think you can guess what happened this time? It again didn’t help because the roots were really light. So when you see my hair, its two-toned. The roots are 2-3 shades lighter than the rest of my hair. Plus, my hair was still black.

With all that said, I searched the web for ways to lighten my hair without using any hair color ingredient because it did nothing but worsen the texture and color of my hair. So while I was scrolling down, I came across a video of this girl from Youtube whose username is CoachByNicole. In the video, she demonstrated how Vitamin C together with Shampoo and Virgin Coconut oil lightens hair. At first, I doubted if this was entirely true so I spent about 2 hours searching the world wide web with facts pertaining to this.

According to Brenna Davis, an Ehow Contributor, “Vitamin C can be used directly on the hair to improve hair health. Add a teaspoon of Vitamin C powder (available at health food stores) to hair dye before placing it on your hair. The Vitamin C will act as a buffer and prevent the color from heavily damaging your hair. Similarly, Vitamin C can be used to help remove hair color.”

As for coconut oil, I have read from that it overall helps to lessen the damage done on your hair. Some sites and forums claim that it lightens hair overtime, but I haven’t really gotten any decent proof to that. However, what I can say about it is that it really does wonders to the hair in the most effective and inexpensive manner. So if you’re trying to treat your damaged hair, I would definitely recommend using coconut oil. Its inexpensive and very very effective. Just make sure you wash your hair thoroughly after applying because based from experience, it really does leave on a greasy texture and weird smell when its not properly washed off.


Going back to what this blog is about, this is basically what I did to my hair. 🙂

Things you’ll need:


  • Hair Color Applicator
  • Hair Color Container
  • Plastic Gloves
  • Shower Cap
  • Big Hair Clip



  • 40 tablets of Vitamin C crushed into dust
  • 3 pumps of Shampoo
  • 2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Coconut oil



  1. Pour the Vitamin C into any bowl, together with the shampoo and coconut oil.
  2.  Mix the product into a paste and make sure there are no lumps.
  3.  Apply the product evenly on damp hair. Not entirely wet or dry, just the right dampness of hair would do. (You can opt to shampoo your hair first and towel dry it in the process)
  4. Clip the hair into place and cover it with a shower cap.
  5. Leave the product on from 30 mins to 2 hours depending on how dark your hair is.
  6. Shampoo out the mask and condition your hair accordingly.
  7. Blowdry or just style your hair in any way you want.

THANK YOU, VITAMIN C! Who knew that you were the only solution?

Honestly, after trying this method, I feel really really stupid that I wasted so much money trying to get rid of it using hair coloring products. I should have just done this in the first place. 😦 Oh well, at least my hair is less damaged and it was lightened naturally. As you can see in the picture above, my roots are still lighter but the overall color of my hair is medium brown. I will keep on repeating this process until my hair is light and healthy enough to match my roots. Its quite alright to have the roots at a lighter tone this time because according to my hairdresser, its easier to be colored to match with the rest of the hair since its already my natural hair that was covered by the chemicals. What’s important is I wash out the “dark brown” or shall I say, “black” hair dye on my hair. 🙂

So for all the people who have tried this and had amazing results, feel free to comment down below. I’d be happy to hear what results other people will have once they try this DIY Hair Dye Remover. Thank you for reading and best of luck to you and your hair! 🙂



Claire Stephanie P. Lingan,
Freelance Aspiring Professional
Makeup Artist ♥


9 thoughts on “MY DIY Hair Dye Remover Experience

  1. Hey, I wanted to ask you if you know whether this will work on permed hair. I tried it once but to no avail. Maybe give it a go a few more times?

    • Hey! I am so sorry for my super late reply. Anyway, It works on any hair type as claimed by fellow bloggers and youtube-ers. However, I think you should be very careful with your hair since its permed. You can actually ruin the perm if you are not careful enough plus it can damage your hair causing it to be dry and frizzy. So maybe my final verdict would be not to risk it. I wouldn’t want to give out a comment that would ruin your hair. You can research some more online if you want. Hope this helps. Thank you.

  2. hi there 🙂 i have the same problem with my hair and i really regret dying my hair black. I really did a research on how to get rid of my super black dyed hair 😥 until i found your blog and it gives me hope, and i said to myself “I gotta try this!!”. But before that I just wanna ask if dying my hair with a lighter color after trying this will be effective? (hoping for a response 🙂 ) thanks in advance . ^.~

    • Hi Ivy! 🙂 Thank you for your kind remarks. 🙂 Yes, it works when you dye your hair a lighter color. Although the color will not be even because your virgin hair will adhere to the dye faster and the stripped color will only be a shade or two lighter. It really takes a lot of effort to even it out. 🙂

  3. I’m definitely going to try this! I recently dyed my hair blue-black and it doesn’t look good to me, what a mistake. I want to go back to my light brown/auburn eventually. I couldn’t really find proper reviews of this method on black dyed hair so this is helpful. Have you tried this method again? And if you have, has it lightened it further?
    Also, apparently head and shoulders is really good at fading hair dyes! Also mixing it with baking soda.

    Thanks. 🙂

    • I haven’t really tried this method again since I got highlights (which are very hard to cover up with another color once they have grown down). Nonetheless, I am glad you liked it! Thank you so much and I will try it too with baking soda! Good luck on your hair dye remover experience! 😀😀😀

  4. We shared the same experience. I bleached my hair and then I wanted to go darker so I tried dark brown expecting that it will turned into some brown shades but unfortunately it went full jet black. And I was really disappointed, I’ve searched the net to find ways to make it lighter somehow. Then, I found out that light ash blonde could do the work. Finally, it worked on me! And I’m happy with the results!

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