How to remove permanent hair dye with olive oil in 4 steps

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  • Olive oil has to be warm to remove permanent hair dye.
  • Therefore, you should first wash your hair with hot water to open the cuticles. Then, heat the olive oil in the microwave, apply it from the roots to the ends, and leave it on for 30 to 40 minutes.
  • You can repeat the process every ten days until the permanent hair dye is completely removed.


It’s indeed possible to remove permanent hair dye with olive oil.

However, let me tell you that  you won’t get rid of the hair dye on the first or second oil application. 


After all, it’s a natural ingredient that will slowly act inside your hair to remove the hair dye pigments.

If your hair is dry or with visible signs of damage such as frizz or split ends, it would be excellent to use olive oil to remove permanent hair dye.

You’ll get rid of the color you don’t want without further damaging your hair.


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The natural hair trend has been around for a few years. It’s as if the old grandmother’s recipes had taken on a new dimension.

While the hair industry has developed new products such as clarifying shampoo or color remover, many women decide to use olive oil to remove permanent hair dye. Still, it isn’t an immediate solution because olive oil works gradually on the hair.


If you’re determined to become a patient person because you put hair health before your desire to remove color, then stay with me because I’ll tell you:

  • Why olive oil works to remove permanent hair dye.
  • How to apply olive oil to remove permanent hair dye.

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Why is olive oil useful to remove permanent hair dye?

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Olive oil contains many moisturizing properties that can repair your hair if it’s damaged. But its benefits don’t end there.


Its oily molecules penetrate into the core of the hair filling in the empty spaces left by hair dyes.

Therefore,  as the molecular density of olive oil is higher, the hair ends up expelling the hair dye pigments.  

To help you understand, let me give you an example that doesn’t have much to do with hairdressing.

Have you ever made a cake?


I’m sure you have!

To bake it, you need to coat the pan with butter so it doesn’t stick to the edges. But if you don’t have butter at the time, what can you replace it with?


That’s right! Oil! The oily base doesn’t allow anything to stick. The same goes for hair.

 Once the olive oil penetrates the hair, the hair dye pigments start to “peel off” and end up fading. 


This will happen with olive oil as well as any other natural oil such as coconut, almond, or castor oil.

You have to help olive oil with heat and be prepared for a slow process. Olive oil gradually removes the hair dye pigments.


How to apply olive oil to remove permanent hair dye

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For the olive oil to fade the permanent hair dye, you must use heat. So,  olive oil has to be warm. 

You’ll have to be careful. If the oil is too hot, it can cause severe burns and extreme irritation. Therefore, you should wear gloves to avoid burns.


What do you need to remove permanent hair dye?

  • Olive oil
  • Hair dye brush
  • Shower cap
  • Gloves



Step 1 – Hair preparation

Wash your hair with hot water at the highest temperature you can resist.

This step is important because the hot water will open the hair cuticles, and the olive oil will penetrate more easily.


Step 2 – Prepare the olive oil

Heat 1/2 cup of olive oil in the microwave for 10 seconds.  Be careful not to let it reach the boiling point. 

Again, be very careful to avoid burns. If a hot olive oil drop sprays on your skin, quickly apply cold water and moisturizer to avoid burns.


Step 3 – Applying the oil

With gloves on, apply the olive oil to damp hair and massage it from the roots to the ends until all the hair is completely covered. If it’s easier for you, you can use the hair dye brush to help.


 Once you cover all the hair with the olive oil, cover your hair with a shower cap and let the olive oil work for 30 to 40 minutes. 


Step 4 – Rinse hair

Rinse the olive oil with plenty of warm water and apply a thick shampoo massaging until it forms a thick lather. Continue massaging until you no longer feel any greasiness in your hair.


Don’t apply conditioner! Your hair is already moisturized thanks to the olive oil.

Just wait and  repeat the process every 10 days until the permanent hair dye is gone. 



Olive oil is a natural way to remove permanent hair dye. Of course, it isn’t an immediate solution. You’ll need to repeat the application as much as necessary until the hair dye is completely gone.

If your hair is damaged, olive oil is a healthier alternative to bleaching to fade permanent hair color.

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