Dyeing your own hair can save you a ton of money, but unfortunately, mistakes do happen. Sometimes the color on your head is nowhere close to what’s promised on the box. Oops. The good news is, you can remove or strip the color from your hair at home, too. Here’s how.

Things You'll Need

Cover your entire head of hair with a large amount of anti-residue shampoo.

Wrap your head with plastic cling wrap and keep it covered for eight to 12 hours, or overnight. The shampoo will begin to open the pores and remove the dye from the follicles.

Rinse the shampoo out with warm water.

Pour three to four cups of olive oil into a medium-sized saucepan. Heat the oil until it boils, then remove it from the heat. Let it cool until you can touch it without burning yourself.

Apply a generous amount of the oil throughout your hair.

Let it sit in your hair for two to three hours, then rinse off with warm water.

Repeat the process until the unwanted color is completely removed.

References and Resources

Hair Coloring Guide: Hair Color Removal