How To Remove Green Color From Your Hair

by Arshiya Syeda

Green hair color is not for the faint-hearted. It is loud, vibrant, and gives you a distinct personality. However, there may come a day when you will want to bleach green hair and opt for a different look. The only problem is that green can be a difficult color to remove from your hair.

How To Bleach Green Hair To Get The Dye Out Of Your Hair?

Bleaching green hair is an effective method that will strip your hair of its current green tint. It is a process that penetrates the hair shaft to lighten your hair color (1). However, bleaching is harsh and can damage your hair. Hydrating and nourishing your hair in the weeks before you go ahead with bleaching is advisable to reduce hair damage.

At other times, you may find your hair turning green after bleaching. This is especially common among swimmers. The hard metals found in water – like copper, iron, and manganese – get oxidized by the chlorine found in pool water. These oxidized metals stick to your hair and turn it green (2).

Your hair can also turn green because of the high copper content in the water you use for washing your hair (2). In such cases, changing your water source is an obvious solution to your problem. You can even try using swimmers’ shampoo and conditioner to get the desired results.

If you are going to visit a salon to treat your green hair, you may want to know the options available for you. It will help you in making the right decision. So read on for clarity!

Methods Used In Salons To Change Green Hair

  1. Bleaching: Professional hair colorists say that green is the toughest color to treat. They may suggest bleaching your green hair if you want to go back to more natural hair color. Bleaching is a process that removes the pigment from your hair and lightens your hair by up to 6 shades.

It involves the use of ammonia or another alkaline substance to swell up your hair shafts and open the cuticles. The chemicals used in bleaching have a strong pH of 10, while your hair has a pH of 5 (3). Due to this, bleaching is harsh and can damage your hair. Your hairstylist may suggest a few ways to reduce the harmful effects of bleaching.

  1. Chelating Treatment: Chelating treatment is another possibility that the stylist may suggest for your bleached hair that has turned green. It is a process that demineralizes the hair, removes any product build-up, and removes the green tinge that develops due to hard water.

Of course, you can always go ahead with the option of continuing your streak of adventurous colors and use another permanent hair dye of your preference.

If you choose to go with the option of using another permanent dye over your current green hair, you may be wondering which color will work best. Let us see what your options are in the next section!

What Color Can You Dye Over Green Hair?

If you decide to dye your green hair yourself, an understanding of the color wheel will get you the result you are looking for. In the color wheel, green and red are on the opposite sides of the spectrum. Due to this reason, you can apply a red dye to cancel the effects of green. Other pigments of red, like pink or purple, will also work well. A blue dye over your green color will give you a dark teal kind of a shade.

If you want to avoid visiting a salon to remove your green hair, you have a few options. Let us look at them in detail.

Ways To Remove Green Color By Yourself

The right tips and tricks will depend on whether you used a semi-permanent or a permanent dye to color over your green hair. In the former case, you can use another semi-permanent dye to change the color of your hair. It will give you satisfactory results.

However, if you had used a permanent dye, opting for warmer tones will be a better choice. Also, you will need to fade your green color before coloring it in a different shade. Here are a few options to achieve it.

1. Clarifying Caps

It is a method where you will have to soak your green hair in a clarifying shampoo and wear a shower cap over it. Warm the cap with a dryer for the best results. Clarifying shampoos, by design, remove the polymer film that gets formed on the hair shaft as a result of the dyeing process (4).

Clarifying shampoos or deep cleaning shampoos can help in gradually fading the green color. However, they may also damage the quality of your hair. It is advisable to use an oil soak before this treatment to maintain the quality of your hair.

2. Anti-Dandruff Shampoo And Baking Soda

Anti-dandruff shampoos contain selenium sulfide, which can lead to discoloration of hair (5). Thus, it may help remove green dye from your hair. However, it may cause your hair to dry out. For best results, use the treatment once a week while also following a stringent hair care routine to bleach green hair.

3. Baking Soda And Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is an excellent bleaching agent for your hair. To make this mixture, mix 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide with water to make a paste. Apply this paste to your hair and leave it on for 30 minutes before washing it off.

Hydrogen peroxide can lift the cuticle scales of your hair strands to fade the green color. But, as a result, it may also cause your hair cuticles to become irregular and cause dryness of hair (6).

When you want to eliminate green dye from your hair by yourself, you need to take care of a few aspects that are mentioned below:

  • Using home remedies to bleach green hair color is a gradual process and may take a couple of sessions. It is recommended to use moisturizing hair packs to nourish your hair between these sessions. Do not try to accelerate the process by using these treatments too frequently, or you may end up damaging your hair.
  • Always test a permanent hair dye on a couple of strands to avoid any surprises. Some people are allergic to hair dyes, and using them without patch testing is not recommended.

Final Words

Bleaching green hair color may seem challenging, but it is possible. With the right knowledge and ingredients, you can not only move to the next hair color but also minimize your hair damage. You can either head to the salon to get it bleached by professionals or you can use certain home remedies – like clarifying caps, anti-dandruff shampoo, or baking soda and hydrogen peroxide – to remove the green dye yourself. Just make sure that you nourish your hair between these sessions to make sure it does not get dry or damaged.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

What precautions should I take while bleaching green hair?

Always use a good-quality bleach and make sure to use bleach and developer in the ratio of 1:2. Avoid using a 40 vol. developer as it may damage your hair. Use 20 vol. developer on the roots and 30 vol on the lengths.

How can I minimize the hair damage while bleaching green hair?

Always use high-quality products from well-known brands to reduce the damage to your hair. Post-bleach maintenance, like using a color-protectant shampoo and conditioner, is equally crucial to get manageable hair after bleaching.

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Arshiya Syeda

Arshiya Syeda is an editor and certified counselor. Ever the lover of the written word, she served on the editorial boards of her school and college newsletters. Writing articles on hairstyles, hair care, and nutrition helped her combine her love for reading, writing, and research. As an editor, she helps her team members deliver polished and meticulously researched content. Arshiya is fluent in English, Urdu, and Hindi and aims to become a multilinguist by learning German and teaching herself American Sign Language (ASL).
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