How to fade permanent hair dye

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How to fade permanent hair dye
Permanent hair colour that's too dark can be faded at home. (hair dyeing image by Mikhail Malyshev from

A change in hair colour enhances appearance and can boost confidence and self-esteem. Sometimes permanent hair colour results aren't what was expected and can be more of a disappointment than anything else. Fading permanent hair colour is a good solution when the new colour is too dark. Since it takes three days from the time the permanent hair colour is applied for the hair colour to completely set, this window of time is the best in which to act to fade the colour.

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Things you need

  • Over-the-counter semi-permanent hair colour remover
  • Volumizing shampoo
  • Hot oil treatment

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  1. 1

    Purchase an over-the-counter semi-permanent hair colour remover. While this product is meant to remove semi-permanent hair colour, it will help fade permanent hair colour, too. Use according to directions.

  2. 2

    Wash your hair with a volumizing shampoo at least twice in a row. The volumizing shampoo opens the cuticle of the hair, enabling some of the hair colour to wash out.

  3. 3

    Treat your hair to a hot oil treatment. The hot oil treatment will strip colour from your hair while replacing moisturiser lost during the colouring process.

Tips and warnings

  • Substitute clarifying shampoo for volumizing shampoo to fade hair colour.
  • See a hair colourist to fade or remove a terribly botched home hair colouring job.

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