If you’re rethinking your pink streaks or your hairdresser just got your shade of blond totally wrong, you don’t have to settle for cringing (or crying) every time you walk by a mirror. Even if the hair dye used was permanent, you can at least lighten the color—with baking soda.

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Break Out the Baking Soda

Baking soda helps to strip color from your hair, and if you’ve used temporary or semi-permanent dye, you have a good chance of getting it all out. For permanent dye, it may take several attempts to totally remove it, but it’s also possible you won’t be able to get it out completely.

Start by wetting your hair with the hottest water you can comfortably stand without scalding yourself. Put dandruff shampoo in the palm of your hand, then sprinkle an equal amount of baking soda into the shampoo. Blend the mixture between your palms, then work it throughout your hair from roots to ends. Rinse well, and repeat once a day until you’re back to a shade you’re more satisfied with.