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How To Make a Natural Vitamin C Hair Color Remover

Let’s talk about how to make a vitamin C hair color remover!

You know that vitamin C is good for you.

It boosts your immune system, detoxifies your body, promotes cell healing, fights the common cold, and so much more.

But you probably didn’t know that you can also remove hair color with crushed-up vitamin C pills, did you? No joke… it’s a super effective way to safely remove dye from your hair without the added damage of a color stripper.

Sounds awesome, right? But is it safe for your hair? How effective is it for real? We’ll cover all of that in this article…

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Did you know that you can use crushed-up vitamin C pills as a safe and effective way to remove hair dye? Find out how easy it is to make a vitamin C hair color remover today!

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How Does Vitamin C remove Hair Color?

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So here’s the thing… this method works wonders on semi-permanent and demi-permanent hair color… but it’s also said to be effective against henna color and even permanent black hair color.

We don’t entirely know how it works, but experts think it has something to do with the ascorbic acid breaking down the chemical bonds that makes dye stick to hair.

Additionally, the citric acid is said to help break down the dye, making it easier to remove from the hair.

It does not, however, strip the hair like bleach does.

Does Vitamin C damage hair?

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It honestly doesn’t cause much damage besides drying out your hair a little bit. Vitamin C is acidic, which can actually be good for colored hair.

You see, most chemicals (like hair color) are alkaline in nature. Therefore, when you use acidic products, it actually neutralizes the pH of your hair.

In fact, it’s not uncommon to see people using an apple cider vinegar rinse to neutralize the pH and close down the cuticle. A lot of hair products, especially for colored hair, even contain acidic chemicals for the same reason.

That being said, I still recommend using a good hydrating deep conditioner when you’re done since the Vitamin C can cause dryness.

How Much Will It Lighten Your Hair?

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I’m gonna be 100% honest when I say that I’ve never actually tried this method.

However, after extensive research, I’ve found that most people report it to lighten about two shades per process… and it’s safe to do 3-4 times in a row.

I want to point out that since I said it could remove black hair dye, you should be realistic with your expectations. The results will vary based on your hair type, how many processes it’s been through, and other factors.

It probably won’t magically transform your black hair to blonde. But it might slowly lighten the black over several processes.

How To Make a Vitamin C Color Remover:

  1. Put some vitamin C tablets in a ziplock bag.
  2. Crush them into a fine powder with a small hammer or rolling pin.
  3. Mix the powder with clarifying shampoo in a plastic bowl.
  4. Apply to damp hair (not drenched) and make sure you’ve completely covered and saturated the hair. Otherwise, you’ll end up with an uneven result.
  5. Cover with a plastic shower cap and let the concoction sit for 30-60 minutes.
  6. Rinse your hair completely to remove all loose color molecules. Shampoo and condition like normal.
  7. Follow up with a hydrating deep conditioning treatment to treat dryness.


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Does vitamin C take out hair color?

Using crushed-up vitamin C tablets is a safe and effective way to remove hair color naturally. It works by breaking down the chemical bonds that hold dye to the hair and removing the color molecules.

Can vitamin C damage your hair?

It may cause some dryness to the hair, but overall, it does not cause damage. It may even help the condition of the hair.

How long does vitamin C take to remove hair color?

Each 30-60 minute process is said to lighten the hair up to two levels. However, it may take several processes to achieve the desired result.

How many times can I use vitamin C on hair?

It can be repeated 3-4 times in a row. However, it’s best to give your hair a break in between processes and use a deep conditioning treatment to combat dryness.

Does vitamin C lift virgin hair?

No, it does not work like bleach does. It only helps remove the hair dye molecules.

Final Thoughts

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Using a vitamin C hair color remover is a safe and effective way to remove hair dye from your hair naturally.

It may not be the best option for removing years of black hair dye, but it can definitely lighten it. It does, however, work wonders on semi-permanent and demi-permanent hair color.

It’s easy to do and can be repeated several times. Just make sure to use a conditioning treatment in between processes.

Until next time,


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Sunday 10th of September 2023

I've used the same vibrant violet semi permanent colouring conditioner since 2019 and decided to remove it and switch colours. I left the colour on for a looong time each treatment so it is well and truly embedded in my long hair!

Dandruff shampoo w baking soda took a little colour out but was very drying. So I bought some vitamin C powder and mixed it w clarifying shampoo and was really impressed. I left it 30 minutes the first time and you could see the mixture changing colour under my shower cap as the colour was released from the cuticle! I rinsed, washed and conditioned, and it was noticeably lighter and was soft and shiny too. (I got rid of the musty smell on my hands by washing them in soap and baking soda.)

I left the mask on for an hour the second time and again had noticeable lightening with some areas free of colour and only the palest grey/white areas stubbornly clinging on to some pale violet streaks. My neighbour thinks it looks great as is, but I shall repeat until I can change to a new colour.

I highly recommend this mask. It is safe, easy, relatively odour-free, cheap and it works a treat.

Patricia D’AMIRAL-Manners

Monday 8th of May 2023

I’ve used vitamin c tablets mixed with Head and Shoulders shampoo, twice in a a week and it worked for me. I’d say lifted my permanent auburn colour dye three shades. I think if used I three or four times I would have ended up a light golden blonde! It lifts well enough if you want to recolour too.


Wednesday 4th of August 2021

Thanks for sharing this! I’m going to try this tomorrow. How long after stripping the color with Vitamin C do I have to wait to recolor it? I was thinking about coloring it the next day followed by an at hOme keratin express treatment. Unless you think that would be too much stress on my hair.


Wednesday 24th of February 2021

how many tablets are you crushing up for this?


Monday 14th of September 2020

It works! I had my Bleach blond hair darkened. It Turned out to be a HoHorribly ugly mug colour.. OnOnly one treatment with crushed up vitamin C tablets and head and shoulders shampoo, and it dramatically lig my hair. WORKING on a 2nd treatment now.

Hollee Wood

Tuesday 15th of September 2020

Yay! That's so awesome! Thanks for sharing! :)