How To Use Vitamin C as a Natural Color Remover

Let’s talk about how you can use vitamin C as a natural color remover!

Vitamin C offers countless benefits to our health. It boosts our immune systems, detoxifies our body, promotes cell healing, fights the common cold, and much more. The list can go on for days…

What you probably didn’t know is that you can also make a super cool color remover out of vitamin C. This awesome product will safely and naturally remove the color from your hair without all the added damage of a color stripper.

Did you know that you can use Vitamin C as a safe and effective hair color remover? Find out how you can remove the color from your hair today!

How Does It Work?

The vitamin C does not strip hair color as bleach does.

It penetrates into the hair shaft and oxidizes the color molecules and neutralizing the pigment inside the cortex. This process is what makes your hair lighter.

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Is It Safe For My Hair?

Of course, it is. Vitamin C is acidic, which is good for colored hair.

Most chemicals you use (like hair color) are alkaline in nature. Therefore, when you use acidic products, it will neutralize the pH of your hair. Many people use apple cider vinegar for a conditioner because the acidity closes the cuticle.

Many hair products, especially for colored hair also contain acidic chemicals for the same reason. However, I always recommend using a good deep conditioner when you are done. It’s a 10 Miracle Hair Masque is my favorite.

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How Light Will It Make My Hair?

I can’t tell you first-hand since I have blonde hair, and no need to try this method.

However, most people have reported that it lightens your hair about two shades per process. It is safe to do more than once.

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How To Make a Vitamin C Color Remover:

  1. Take some vitamin C tablets and put them in a zip lock bag.
  2. Crush them with a hammer until they are powder.
  3. Mix some shampoo in the bag with the powder.
  4. Apply to your hair (this concoction goes a lot further if your hair is damp) and let it sit for 30-60 minutes with a shower cap. Really make sure you have all of your hair covered evenly, otherwise, the end result could be a disaster.
  5. Rinse your hair completely and shampoo and condition like you normally do.
  6. Bam! Your hair color is now lighter.

Your Turn:  Have you ever tried using a vitamin C color remover? What was the end result? I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments section below…

7 thoughts on “How To Use Vitamin C as a Natural Color Remover”

  1. I tried it with suave clarifying shampoo. It barely worked. Does it make a difference if You use a VITAMIN C tablet vs a vitamin c pack? I left it on for nearly two hours Followed by an olaplex treatment.

    • To be honest, I’m not completely sure. Some people swear this method works, but I’ve never personally tried it. It could depend on how porous your hair is, etc.

  2. I used this in my hair (naturally blonde but dyed with a very dark blue/black Demi-permanEnt coLor) and it removed the rest of my faded color after one sitting. It woRkS great on colored hair, leaving it just a littLe Dry but otherwise no damage and very shiny. I am unsure wHether or not it wiLl lift the color you naturally have though, since the piGment in your hair naturally could be composed differEntly than the color put in by hair dyes and may not lift the Same.

  3. i tried today and absolutely nothing has happened. Nothing at all.I kept the mixture for 1.20mins. I have very dark brown hair .

    • What type of shampoo did you use? A clarifying shampoo like classic Head and Shoulders anti-dandruff shampoo works best.
      I had been coloring my hair red for about two decades when I decided to let my natural color grow out. I wanted to fade the red so the transition wouldn’t be as dramatic, and I wouldn’t have to bleach or strip my hair. I started with a test section of hair, so I could compare with the untreated hair to see how effective it was. About once a week I would use a combination of Head and Shoulders + vitamin C, applied to dry hair & allowed to sit for about 30 min prior to rinsing. It dramatically faded the red.

  4. ive tried this with baby shampoo it works! and i have medium brown hair with about 3 treat ments left in for about an hour each time and washed out and let my hair get greasy and do it again and now i have a honey blonde i love this alot cheaper and less damaging than bleach and i used to bleach my hair every 6 weeks it was super dry and even re newed it!


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