How to get out semi-permanent color in a day

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How to get out semi-permanent color in a day
Removal of semi-permanent dye depends on the condition of your hair. (hair image by from

Semi-permanent hair colouring usually lasts for eight to 20 shampoo applications, yet factors such as the condition or porosity of your hair, the quality of the semi-permanent colouring and your hair texture affect the length of time that colouring naturally fades or is removed. However, you may apply a semi-permanent colour to your hair and decide to remove it the day after application. Removal of the semi-permanent colouring is not recommended in one day; however, there are some steps that you can follow to attempt removal of colouring.

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Things you need

  • Shampoo
  • Hot oil treatment
  • Conditioner
  • Dish washing liquid
  • Washing powder
  • Lemon juice
  • Vinegar

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  1. 1

    Shampoo your hair as many times as possible using very hot water and a shampoo high in sulphur content. After several washings, you should notice the colour fading.

  2. 2

    Use hot oil treatments to strip semi-permanent colouring from your hair follicles. Since the condition and type of hair affects this procedure, you must pay attention to the effects of Step 1 and Step 2 on your hair. If you notice colour fading with the hot oil treatments, continue to apply and rinse hot oil from your hair; however, if you do not notice any fading, continue on to Step 3.

  3. 3

    Apply dish washing liquid or liquid washing powder to your hair. These agents will remove semi-permanent colour and dry out your hair, so you should use either conditioner or hot oil treatments in between wash and rinse cycles.

  4. 4

    Soak your hair in lemon juice and vinegar for 10 minutes if you have had the semi-permanent hair colour on your hair for at least one week. It is not a safe to apply lemon juice and vinegar to your hair within 24 hours of a semi-permanent colour application. Your hair will turn green, and you will have to seek a hair care professional if your hair becomes severely damaged.

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