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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12 thoughts on “How To Make a Natural Vitamin C Hair Color Remover”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. I used this method on my bright purple hair and left it on for a little over an hour. now my hair is pink and fading nice. I will wait a few days and do another treatment to get back to my dirty blonde hair color. I put coconut oil on after and now my hair is super soft. tHANKS!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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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