Beauty Experiment: Can Vitamin C Remove Unwanted Color From My Hair?

I'm tired of the pink in my hair, and I'd really like to avoid a terrifying-sounding "bleach bath" to get it out.
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I'm tired of the pink in my hair, and I'd really like to avoid a terrifying-sounding "bleach bath" to get it out.

I dreamed of having pink hair for a really long time. When I finally had pink hair, I was obviously happy, but also mildly disappointed that it didn’t seem to completely change my life for the better and suddenly turn me into a supermodel. WTF is up with that? 

Turns out 90% of having pink hair is answering questions like “Is your hair pink?” and “Why is your hair pink?” I grew weary, as did my soul. 

I have been itching to go back to blonde for a while now, but when my hairdresser told me she would have to do a bleach bath, then highlights, then some other stuff on top of that (I peaced out at “bleach bath”, actually), my hair was once again annoyed with me. There had to be another way. 

That’s when I stumbled across the very weird method of lightening your hair with vitamin C tablets and decided to give it a whirl. 

Apparently, the vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, opens the hair cuticle by causing it to swell and lighten hair colour. From what I understand (very little), it works much the same way that lemon juice does when you want to lighten your hair. 

All you need for this is the shampoo of your choice and vitamin C tablets.

You guys, this mixture truly smelled like watered down urine.

This mixture truly smelled like watered down urine.

Some internet experts claim that using vitamin C is a good alternative to bleaching, and I don’t have a long way to go until the pink is all washed out (RIP).

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First, take two to five vitamin C tablets (literally every source used a different number), or even nine if you want to, or maybe just two. Live your life, you guys. My hair is quite thick, so I used five 500mg tablets to make sure the vitamin C-ness covered every pink-stained strand. Crush the tablets up with the back of a spoon in a bowl; I used a plastic bowl.

Crush it until it’s basically a powder. Or even use Vitamin C powder if you can find any.

Crush it until it’s basically a powder. Or even use vitamin C powder if you can find any.

Next, mix in a couple of squirts of shampoo. Some say a good nourishing shampoo is best, others say a clarifying shampoo is the way to go. I say use whatever you want. Again, live your life, guys. I used Johnson’s Baby Shampoo because it’s a good clarifying shampoo. 

Remember, this concoction we’re making is nothing close to bleach, but it will still dry your hair out a bit. I ended up with too much shampoo, but you can judge how much you would normally use.

Lather the mixture onto damp (not wet) hair, making sure to really concentrate on the areas where the color build-up is the worst. For me, this was the bottom layers of my hair. 

Once done, use a shower cap or cling film to wrap your hair up and let it soak in for about 45 minutes.

Might as well get your daily intake while you’re waiting.

Might as well get your daily intake while you’re waiting.

Then, rinse it all out, use your favourite conditioner in the world (I’m still into my Kerastase Bain Nutri-Thermique as a mask and conditioner in one) and examine the results.

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I was quite underwhelmed. 

Yes, it did lift some colour, but I’ve seen it turn coloured-black hair dark brown. Many claim it can take your hair two shades lighter (remember, though, that this only works on coloured--and not virgin--hair). 

I’m just imagining what my hair is going to feel like after that bleach bath. Life is tough, you guys.