Did you know that over 70% of American women dye their hair? Teal hair dye is one of the trendiest hair colors. When it comes to removing this ocean-inspired hair color, there is more than one method.
In this article, we will discuss the following methods to remove teal hair dye:
- Using household items
- Without using bleach
How To Remove Teal Hair Dye Naturally?
The most effective natural method for removing teal hair dye is sun exposure. UVB and UVA sun rays oxidize the color pigment molecules. Oxidation causes gradual degradation giving your colored hair a lighter hue. Sun rays also break down the melanin pigment in your hair.
Lighter hues of teal get the best results from sun exposure compared to darker ones.
Spend time in the sun with your hair uncovered. You can take long walks or sit outside when the sun is brightest. Sitting under the sun after swimming in a chlorine pool also enhances color fading.
Spraying lemon juice on your hair as you sit under the sun enhances the lightening process. When using lemon juice alongside exposing your hair to the sun, use the following steps.
- Lemons or lemon juice
- Warm water
- Spray bottle
- Deep conditioner
- Squeeze the juice from the lemons.
- Mix equal parts of lemon juice and warm water.
- Pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
- Wet your hair with warm water.
- Spray the mixture on the hair until soaked.
- Sit under the sun for 1-2 hours.
- Rinse your hair with warm water
- Apply deep conditioner and let it sit on your hair for 15-30min.
- Rinse off the conditioner.
- Repeat the process as often as desired until you attain your preferred color shade.
- Get moderate sun exposure as too much sun increases the risk of skin cancer and scalp burns.
- Wear sunscreen while under the sun to protect your skin from photoaging.
- Sun exposure could dry your hair. Use highly moisturizing products such as oils and deep conditioners to keep your hair free from dryness.
Lighter shades of teal color get better results compared to darker shades using this method. It is also effective on both Permanent and semi-permanent hair colors, freshly done or old colors.
How To Get Rid of Teal Hair Dye Using Household Items?
The most effective way to remove teal hair dye using any available product is using household items such as baking soda, dishwashing liquid, and anti-dandruff shampoo.
Baking soda is highly alkaline.
The high PH swells the hair cuticles. It also enables the baking soda to penetrate the hair strand and break down the pigment molecules into simpler components that can wash away.
Dishwashing liquid contains salts, acidic compounds, and chemicals that oxidize the color resulting in color lifting from the cuticles. The anti-dandruff shampoo contains clarifying ingredients that help remove color pigment from the hair.
- A pair of gloves
- Anti-dandruff shampoo
- Baking soda – 500g for long hair or larger areas of application. 250g or less for medium-length to short hair.
- Dishwashing liquid
- Mixing bowl
- Plastic cap
- Deep conditioner
- Salon cape
- Wear gloves to avoid drying out your hands when handling the products.
- Mix the anti-dandruff shampoo, baking soda, and dishwashing liquid in a mixing bowl to make a paste. The paste should have a medium consistency. Not too thick or creamy and not too runny.
- Wet hair with warm water. Warm water opens the hair cuticles.
- Blot off excess water from the hair with a towel.
- Apply the paste from the tips to the hair roots using a brush while avoiding the scalp and areas with virgin hair.
- Wear a plastic cap and let it sit for 15 minutes.
- Rinse the hair with cold water to close the cuticles.
- Apply a highly moisturizing and strengthening deep conditioner.
- Let it sit for 15-30 minutes.
- Rinse off the conditioner with warm water
- The color should have lifted several shades lighter. Repeat the process at least once a week until you achieve the desired shade on your hair.
- Baking soda and dishwashing liquid may leave the hair dry and brittle. Follow every session with a deep conditioner that replenishes the hair with moisture to avoid hair breakage and damage.
- Ensure your eyes do not come into contact with the paste to avoid irritation.
- Wear an old shirt or a salon cape to avoid staining your clothes.
- There is the potential of the prepared paste causing dry hands. It is advisable to wear gloves during the procedure.
The color-lifting properties in baking soda, anti-dandruff shampoo, and dishwashing liquid will help remove both permanent and semi-permanent colors. It removes fresh color and also hair color that has lasted months long.
How Do You Remove Teal Hair Dye Without Bleach?
The most effective method of removing teal hair dye is using vitamin C. Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C contain citric acid. The citric acid strips off the color molecules from the hair by swelling the hair fibers causing the color to lift out.
- Vitamin C 1,000mg -15-30 tablets
- Purple shampoo. The purple shampoo contains molecules that neutralize yellow or brassy hair tones that may be present after the teal color removal and make the hair look brighter.
- Mixing Bowl
- A pair of gloves
- Plastic cap
- Deep conditioner
- Prepare a powder from vitamin C by crashing around 15-30 tablets.
- Mix the vitamin C powder with 60mls of purple shampoo in a bowl.
- Large areas or long hair will need more vitamin C and shampoo. Short hair and small areas will need less.
- Wear gloves.
- Wet hair with warm water. Warm water helps to open the hair cuticles
- Apply the mixture evenly on the hair using your hands or a brush. Section the hair into small partings to ensure that all areas with color are soaked.
- Wear a plastic cap or wrap the hair in a plastic bag for 2 hours. The plastic cap holds in heat and enhances the color lifting.
- Rinse the hair thoroughly with cold water.
- Apply a deep conditioner to replenish the hair with moisture and structural strength. Let it sit for 15-30 minutes.
- Rinse the conditioner with warm water.
- The hair should have faded a few shades lighter. Repeat the process every several days until you achieve the desired shade of your hair.
- Citric acid may leave the hair stripped of natural oils. To ensure the hair stays well nourished, use a highly moisturizing and strengthening deep conditioner after the color removal process.
- Use white vitamin C tablets. The food coloring in colored vitamin C tablets could percolate and stain your hair.
This method works best when hair is newly colored and for semi-permanent color. A few days after coloring your hair, the cuticles are yet to close tight. The teal color can therefore be removed easily using vitamin C.
Whichever of these methods you choose to use:
- Follow the steps keenly.
- Have all precautions in mind for the best outcome.
- Consider doing a hair strand test on a small section to see how your hair responds to any of these methods.