So, I was like....okay. Give the transition phase it's due.
But then I looked closer in the mirror. Is my hair darker? It is. Why would it be darker if I just scrubbed the oil out and didn't use conditioner? Hmmmmm.
*Light bulb*...I think I just stripped my color (non-bleach) highlights off. Yep. I think I did indeed.
So I googled it: "Soda stripped hair color" you know, because that's how you find the answer to all life's important questions. And what do I find? Here's a snippet copy/paste
"Remove hair dye with baking soda
Baking soda is one of nature’s most natural cleaning products and you can also use it to remove hair dye as well!"