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Thursday, September 4, 2014

How to Remove Semi Permanent Hair Dye

       As you know, I am currently on a hair journey. I will be transitioning from blue hair to lavender. I had no idea going into this that blue dye would be so difficult to remove. Luckily, I stumbled upon a few different methods that helped me to get it out.
       I want to start out by saying I am not a professional when it comes to hair and I am only sharing my experiences for what worked for me. Try everything at your own risk. Let me also clarify that this is not a quick process. This took me a while, but my goal is always to avoid damage to my hair.
       First off, we need to start with my original color. I have been using Manic Panic Rockabilly Blue and Atomic Turquoise for almost a year. Not only is that a lot of color build up, but there is something with the Rockabilly Blue that clings like no other. My main reason for changing color is how much the Rockabilly Blue bleeds. It is all over my towels, pillowcases, clothes, and even bleeds on my neck throughout the day. Needless to say, I am over it. I never had this problem with the Atomic Turquoise, but I do love the color of the Rockabilly Blue better.

(original color)

        To start removing the color, I began washing with regular cheap shampoo. All the chemicals in cheap shampoo will help to remove the color. That is why in my original post on candy color hair, I mention using paraben and sulfate free shampoo and conditioner in order to maintain color. This method did help to remove the color...a little. It would be a very, very slow process this way.

(after lots of cheap shampoo)

        Once I had some more of the dye out, I purchased Head & Shoulders. This is the absolute best shampoo to remove semi permanent dye. I would lather up my hair and let it sit for about 5 minutes (although you can leave it on for longer) and then rinse. So much of the blue came out! It was amazing. 

(you can see that a lot of the color is gone compared to the last shot)

         My last and final way to remove the dye, is vitamin C. I took lots of vitamin C pills and crushed them up into a powder. I then mixed that powder with the Head & Shoulders shampoo. There isn't an exact ratio, but I made it into a gooey paste. Just made sure your pills are completely crushed or buy the vitamin C in powder form. I started on my tips and worked my way to my scalp. You must scrub in the paste as much as you can before adding small amount of water to allow the mixture to lather. I did this the first time for 30 minutes and then another time for 45 minutes. I highly recommend doing this 2 times. The second time was when I saw a big difference. 

(as you can see, my hair lifted to a light green color)

I have now continued to use Head & Shoulders to remove what is left of the color. You know you are done with this method when the water runs clear. I will say that the vitamin C treatment left my hair slightly frizzy and a little dry. I highly recommend through this whole process to do coconut oil treatments on your hair. As I said, I am all about healthy hair. I do a coconut oil treatment on my hair probably once or twice a week. My hair is very healthy despite the fact of already being bleached prior and removing the color now. I have heard of other methods to remove semi permanent dye like using dish washing soap, laundry detergent, or baking soda. While I am sure these methods work as well, I feel as if they would be harsh on my hair and so I chose to avoid them. Anyway, I hope this helps you in your hair journey and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask! :)

(I bought this at Target for $6.99)





11 comments:

  1. I've tried the Head & Shoulders treatment and it works (slow) miracles! Are you trying to get your hair back to its natural color before getting the lavender in or will you bleach it before dying it? :)

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    1. I am trying to get as much out before I bleach it. I will bleach it and tone it to hopefully achieve a beautiful lavender. :) I will probably be taking the plunge sometime next week.

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  2. HI! I've been using atomic turquoise and after midnight blue for two months and I'm thinking to redye it with atomic turquoise and rockabilly blue this time (like you) does it really bleed that bad? because I really love how it blends perfectly like the colour of your hair. and also, how often do you get touch-ups since manic panic is permanent and the color seems to stay on your hair for a really long time. do you use the amplified cream? I want my hair to last longer because it's pretty expensive to get it re-dyed. thank you so much!

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    1. Unfortunately, yes it does bleed that much. I loved the color so much I was willing to deal with it. However, I have finally hit my limit. I have to re-dye my hair every 4-6 weeks. I don't use the amplified cream, but I always wanted to try it. Have you checked out my post on "Tips & Tricks for Candy Colored Hair?" You may find some useful things in there in order to make your color last longer.

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  3. What treatment exactly do you do to have such healthy hair?! I mean, for how long do you leave the coconut oil on and what else do you use? My hair just keeps getting unhealthy :(

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    1. I leave the coconut oil on for at least an hour. If I have time, I leave it on for more. I also use aragon oil and leave it for the same amount of time. There are also lots of different hair masks you can make with household products like eggs, avocado, honey, olive oil, etc. Don't forget to stay away from hot tools such as your curling iron, flat iron, or blow dryer. My it a part of your routine to do a hair mask twice a week and see what happens. :)

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  4. Did you bleach your hair before applying the blue and turquoise? I love how your hair looks and I want to achieve the same look. I hope it's possible without having to bleach but maybe not? I have a head full of medium to light brown hair right now.

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  5. I bleached my hair two times then put in shocking blue. My hair is sooo damaged to the point where it's all mushy and the ends and falling, do you think coconut oil will fix it? Also will it fade the color?

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