How long to leave Head and Shoulders in to remove hair dye?

  • If you want to fade the color of your hair dye, you should leave Head and Shoulders shampoo for 10 to 15 minutes every time you wash your hair.
  • However, if you want to remove the dye, you should use a clarifying shampoo. It won’t damage your hair. Instead, you’ll be able to apply a new hair dye or toner the same day. In other words, you’ll be able to remove the hair dye in twenty minutes.


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What’s the difference between Head and Shoulders and a clarifying shampoo?


It’s simple.

 Head and Shoulders shampoo is anti-dandruff. Its goal is not to remove the dye, but to fight dandruff. 

To fight dandruff, it contains chemicals that reduce scalp oiliness or seborrhea, which is what finally produces that damned white powder that causes so much discomfort.


Now, the chemicals in Head and Shoulders shampoo are sulfates, i.e. detergents. They’re corrosive to the hair dye pigments.

 All you’ll do is wear out the color instead of removing it. You’ll also dehydrate your hair. You’ll end up with faded color and dry, frizzy hair. 

Is that what you want?

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I thought so. No one wants to ruin his or her hair.

Especially since the hair industry invented a product that you can safely use to remove hair color pigments.

That product is clarifying shampoo, which will also allow you to remove the color in less time.


So, if you’re looking to remove a dye, stay with me because I’ll tell you:

  • When you can use Head and Shoulders to wear out a hair dye
  • How to use a clarifying shampoo to remove hair dye

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When can you use Head and Shoulders to wear out a hair dye? Only as a last option

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I only recommend using Head and Shoulders shampoo in two cases:

  • If you want to lighten your hair color one shade
  • If you want to finish fading a semi-permanent hair color to apply another one

Do you have any of these goals?


Then, Head and Shoulders will work. However, don’t expect miracles.

 You’ll have to wash your hair every other day with the shampoo. Only after two weeks, you’ll notice some color change in your hair. 


Also, after those two weeks, your hair will be drier.

The chemicals (sulfates, parabens, glycerin, and alcohol) that wash away the pigments in the hair dye will also strip the moisture and nutrients.


So, actually,  Head and Shoulders isn’t the best alternative to remove hair dye. In a few seconds, I’ll tell you about a better option,  for the results and the benefit to your hair fiber.


Now, you probably have Head and Shoulders because your boyfriend uses it to fight dandruff. So, if you just want to finish fading a semi-permanent dye or lighten a hair dye in just one shade (and if your hair fiber is very healthy), you can try to fade the color with this shampoo.

However, forewarned is forearmed.


You’ll notice your hair drier from the first wash. Also, the hair dye color won’t disappear immediately.

 You’ll need to use the anti-dandruff shampoo at least four times. 

Do you want to take the risk?


If you do, it’s at your sole risk.


How to use Head and Shoulders to remove hair color

  • Wet your hair and apply Head and Shoulders massaging into a rich lather.
  • Leave the shampoo on your hair for 10 to 15 minutes. Then, rinse thoroughly with warm water until all shampoo residue is removed.
  • Apply conditioner and leave it on for five minutes. This step is essential to moisturize your hair fiber.


If you don’t want to risk your hair health, or you want to remove the artificial color from your hair, I have the solution.


Clarifying shampoo is the best option to remove hair color

washing toner from hair

“Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” What’s the point?

  • If you want to fight dandruff, you should use Head and Shoulders
  • Alternatively, if you want to remove a hair dye, you should use clarifying shampoo


In other words, everything in its place and every little master with his little book. This way, you’ll choose the healthiest option for your hair. Do you know why?


Because  clarifying shampoo contains no peroxide or ammonia, i.e. no chemicals that weaken or dry out your hair. 

It’s widely used by women who colored their hair black or red and want to remove those persistent colors without going through 3 or 4 bleaching sessions. As it only removes the artificial color, your hair fiber will recover the previous shade.


The application is easy.

Best of all, if you can’t remove the hair dye the first time you use it, you can use it again the same day.

  • Wet your hair with lukewarm water to open the hair cuticles for the clarifying shampoo to penetrate more easily.
  • Apply a generous amount and massage throughout your hair. Make sure to cover roots and ends.
  • Leave the shampoo on for 20 minutes and rinse thoroughly.
  •  Look at your hair. Do you still notice traces of hair dye? Then, you can repeat the process up to 3 times 


Once you removed the hair dye, you can make the next decision: what new color you’ll wear in your hair. Yes, you can apply a new hair dye or neutralize the unwanted tones with a toner.

Finally, if you don’t apply a new hair dye or toner, it never hurts to moisturize your hair with a hair mask.



If you want to remove the color from a hair dye, you can use Head and Shoulders. However, it’s not the ideal option.

The best thing you can do for your hair is to use a clarifying shampoo.

You’ll reach your goal faster and with less damage to your hair fiber.

It’s up to you. As Joan Manuel Serrat sings, “everyone goes down the stairs the way they want.”

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