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How to Remove Semi-Permanent Hair Dye from Bleached Hair

Changing colors of your hair is definitely fun and exciting every time! If you’re that person, then the best option for your hair coloring hobby is to make use of semi permanent hair dyes. It comes with less damage compared to permanent hair coloring.

Since we’re talking about changing hair colors every now and then, we’ll be tackling how to remove semi permanent hair dye from bleached hair today! Of course, applying semi permanent hair dye might be too easy for you, but we have to warn you that removing it can be quite challenging.

Don’t worry guys and gals! We are here to give you all the tips and tricks on how to easily remove semi permanent hair dye so you can move on to your next hair color.

Ways to Remove Semi-Permanent Hair Dye

Check out the most effective ways on how to remove your semi-permanent hair dye:


Using vinegar on your hair might seem crazy, but mind you this is the least damaging way to strip away the colors on your hair! I know that applying some vinegar on your hair can be hard because of the smell, but you don’t have to let it sit for too long. 

Here’s the detailed procedure on how you can use vinegar to remove your semi-permanent hair dye:

  1. Put some vinegar on a bowl or a spray bottle.
  2. Apply the vinegar all over your hair.
  3. Let the vinegar soak for about 5 minutes.
  4. Rinse the vinegar off with warm water or run it over the shower.
  5. Use some moisturizer and conditioner afterwards.

Note: Vinegar is very acidic, so it is not recommended to use it more than three times a week.

Clarifying Shampoo

Clarifying shampoo is another method to remove the semi-permanent hair dye. We know that it is more often used to remove product deposits on the hair. But the intense ingredient composition of clarifying shampoos can also help remove the semi-permanent hair dye on your bleached hair. 

You would have to use a clarifying shampoo for four to six weeks before you notice that all of the color has faded off. 

Follow these steps on how to use a clarifying shampoo to remove your hair dye:

  1. Wet your hair in the shower.
  2. Apply some of the clarifying shampoo.
  3. Let the shampoo soak for 10 minutes,
  4. Put a shower cap on.
  5. Rinse the shampoo off and continue with your moisturizing routine.

Note: Clarifying shampoos can easily dry out your hair, so be sure never forget to hydrate your hair often.

Hair Color Remover

Purchasing an over-the-counter solution that removes dye from hair is one of the most popular ways to remove semi-permanent hair dye from bleached hair.

The majority of these products contain hydrosulfite, a potent chemical that effectively eliminates hair color.

Although it is simple to remove hair dye, this technique has the potential to cause the most harm. This kind of product contains strong chemicals that, when used improperly or excessively, can harm hair.

Before you purchase a hair color removing product, consult a hairstylist if you're unclear of how to properly use it.

It might be challenging to choose the best hair dye-stripping product because there are so many available that are suitable for different hair types.

Once you've bought the hair dye remover, you can use it by following the directions on the container. Always keep in mind that you need to get a high-quality conditioner to use after you try out this method of removal in order to prevent harm.

Dish Soap

If you’re out of clarifying shampoo; too worried about how to use a hair color remover, and you don’t want to try out the vinegar rinse, use a dish soap! Dish soap contains potent chemicals that remove grease from plates, which are very useful in removing semi permanent hair dyes too.

This is definitely the most convenient methods to remove hair color on your hair since it’s always available in any household. All you need to do is use the dish soap just like how you shampoo your hair.

Keep in mind that the chemicals from dish soap can also strip away the natural moisture of your hair, so you have to thoroughly moisturize your hair after shampooing it off with dish soap.

Anti Dandruff Shampoo + Vitamin C

Looking for a natural remedy to remove your semi permanent hair dye? You can try adding some Vitamin C on your anti dandruff shampoo to fade out the hair color. Any Vitamin C tablet will do, you can crush them up or mix the liquid type with some anti dandruff shampoo. 

The next step is to carefully apply the mixture to damp hair in the same manner as you would with regular shampoo. Spend a few minutes running it through your hair, making sure to massage it into the lengths and the scalp. 

Make it bubbly like you would with ordinary shampoo. Wear a shower cap after that, or wrap your hair in plastic wrap or cling film.

The mixture will almost certainly drop and since you're removing the dye, it may stain garments. What you can do is to drape an old towel over your shoulders.

After around 45 minutes, rinse the mixture out of your hair and condition it well. This technique works well and lessens hair damage than hair strippers can.

How Long Does Semi-Permanent Hair Dye Last?

Most semi permanent hair dyes only last for about six weeks before gradually fading. If you’re planning to just wait for the dye to fade off, you can wait for up to six or more weeks for the color to fade off naturally. 

You don’t actually need to try so hard just to remove your semi permanent hair dyes, especially if you’re not in a rush to change your hair color. Semi permanent hair dyes would strip off through washing and shampooing after a few months.

Will Removing Semi-Permanent Hair Dye Damage Hair?

Yes, definitely. We talked about all the chemicals and home remedies above, and somehow all of them can cause damage to your hair. Some may give your hair brittleness, less elasticity, dryness, and breakage.

You can always combat these issues by deep conditioning your hair right after you try removing your semi permanent hair dye.

Key Takeaways

We hope that we have given you some insights on how to remove semi permanent hair dyes, so you can go and change your hair color whenever you want to! Just be mindful that regularly changing your hair color can cause some damage. 

It is also very important to take hair coloring and hair color removal to a professional hairdresser especially if you’re a newbie. We’ll be excited for your new hair color!

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