Do you have to bleach your hair to get green dye out of hair?

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  • To get green dye out of your hair, you have two options, depending on how quickly you want to do it and the final color you want to end up within your hair.
  • If you prefer a more gradual change, you should use dandruff shampoo, and after five washes, the green color will have faded. At that time, you can use a new semi-permanent dye, as long as it’s not a very light color.
  • If you want to have blonde hair again or use a very light dye, then you’ll need to bleach your hair using a 20 volume developer instead of a 30 volume developer.


As you can see, bleaching your hair isn’t always the best option for getting green dye out of your hair.

It’s important to consider all of the options to make the best decision for your hair then.

And in this article, I want to help you make that decision. So, let’s hop to it!


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In the beginning, everything was all fine and dandy, and you went through life singing, “Oh green, how I love you, green!”

But, as it goes, those bright, eccentric, unique, and fun colors can also quickly get boring.


You’ve washed your hair over and over again, and the green tone remains. It’s like your hair wants to make an homage to that everlasting feeling of jealousy, which will all know is what green really means.

Then, you might start singing, “It’s not easy being green.”


 The thing is that when you dyed your hair green, you probably didn’t know this one sacred truth: semi-permanent green dye is one of the most difficult to get rid of.  

Let me be more precise: Semi-permanent green dye is like the black dye of non-traditional colors.

Why is it so hard to get rid of?


Because it has a large number of pigments, just like purple, fuchsia, and blue.

But, that does not mean you need to freak out. Instead, let’s find our north star. What do I mean by that?

 What are you hoping to do after you get rid of the green dye? Do you want to use a new, bright semi-permanent color on your hair or go back to blonde hair? 


The solution to your problems will depend on your answer to that question, so don’t move from your spot – and don’t lose hope, even if your hate your green – because I’m going to tell you:

  • How to get rid of green dye quickly so you can use a new dye
  • How to get rid of green dye to have blonde hair again

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How to get rid of green dye in your hair quickly so you can use a new dye

Before we get into the weeds, I must know: What color green do you have in your hair right now?


Because getting rid of dark green isn’t the same as getting rid of pastel green dye.

 You probably know that semi-permanent dyes fade as you wash them, but you’ll need to wash your hair for weeks before you see any changes with very dark green. 

Can you do anything to speed up the process?


You definitely can!

You can use a dandruff shampoo since those kinds of shampoos contain more sulfates than any other kind of shampoo.

Since dandruff shampoo’s primary use is to get rid of excess dirt and grease that dandruff produces, it has triple the sulfates compared to other shampoos.


 As such, if you wash your hair with dandruff shampoo every day, your green dye will have faded completely after five washes or less.  


How should you do it to make sure the process works correctly?

  • Wet your hair as you normally would and use the dandruff shampoo on it, making plenty of suds.
  • Leave it in for 10 minutes, then rinse your hair.


Once you’ve totally toned down that green color and your blonde base is shining through, you can get on to the next step: choosing your new color.


What color dye to choose once you’ve gotten rid of green dye in your hair

peroxide and ammonia free

Now that your green color has completely faded, you can use almost any color you want on your hair since most colors will cover it.

What do I mean by “almost any color?”


 I mean that if you choose a really light color, like pearl gray, white, or pastel pink, you run the risk of some of the green tone reappearing. 

If you don’t want to run that risk, then I’d recommend choosing colors like dark purple, night blue, fuchsia, or – if you’re one of the daring ones – neon colors like green and yellow.


For example, you can read about what happens if you use purple dye over green hair here.42


If you want to use a too-light color or just have your blonde base color back, you should bleach your hair.


How to bleach your hair to get rid of green dye

20 volume developer

Unfortunately, if you want very light colors or just go back to your blonde base, you’ll need to bleach your green hair.


 But, the good news is that since your hair has a light blonde base, you won’t need to use a 30 volume peroxide. 

20 volume peroxide will get rid of the green dye in your hair forever.

Are you ready?



  • 20 volume developer
  • Bleach powder
  • Coconut oil
  • Gloves
  • Dye brush


  • Step 1: Prepare your hair

Separate your hair into four areas, pinning each one back.


  • Step 2: Prepare the mix

Mix 20 volume peroxide and bleach powder in a plastic container, adding 5-10 drops of coconut oil to protect your hair during the process.


  • Step 3: Apply the mixture

Once you’ve put on your gloves, using a dye brush, apply the bleach mix to your hair in each of the four areas, starting at the ends of each section, then finishing at your roots.

Leave the bleach mix in 10-20 minutes, checking on your color every 5 minutes.


  • Step 4: Rinse

Once you’ve left the mix in your hair for the necessary amount of time, rinse with cool water, making sure that no residue of the mixture is left over, which could interfere with the dye you’ll eventually use on your hair.


Now that you’ve gotten rid of all of the green dye, you can use the dye you’ve chosen or simply enjoy your blonde hair again.

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