Update 4/21/15: In this post I recommend several products by Paul Mitchell, my favorite brand as a professional hairstylist. Until recently, you could only purchase these products from a salon or hairstylist, but you can now purchase them online at Loxa Beauty via this, or any of the other partner links in this post! Loxa Beauty is the only website approved to sell authentic PM products.
It’s been requested that I do a blog post on how to fade semi-permanent hair colors without using harsh chemicals. So for those of you who are rockin’ rainbow colors but are ready to try out something new, here are a few tips on how to fade that old color! And if you’re thinking “What? That’s crazy! I want to make my color last longer!” You might want to check out my blog post, 5 Tips To Make Your Hair Color Last. These tips also work for demi-permanent and permanent hair color, though the results will be more subtle and take more time.
1. For non-pourous hair (hair that wasn’t lightened before it was colored), you can remove most of it by shampooing your hair with a mixture of Baking Soda and Paul Mitchell Shampoo Two (available online here). Usually with semi-permanent colors, the hair is pre-lightened before applying the color so that it will be extra bright, so this probably won’t get rid of all of it for most of you.
2. Wash your hair with hot water. It doesn’t have to be scalding, just as warm as you are comfortable with. The hot water will open up the cuticle of your hair, allowing color pigment to come out. Make sure you finish your wash with cooler water to close the cuticle back down and make your hair feel shiny and healthy.
3. Use a “clarifying” or “chelating” shampoo, like Paul Mitchell Shampoo Three (available here). This is what swimmers use to get the chlorine out of their hair. It deep cleans the hair to help remove minerals and chemicals, including hair color.
4. Wash more often. I don’t recommend shampooing your hair more than once, twice at the most in one day or you are going to start damaging it. However, if you are used to washing your hair every other day, or every third day (which I hope you are!), you can definitely knock a day off your in-between time while you are working on fading your color. Make sure that you are loving your hair with some professional quality conditioner, or deep conditioning treatments like Paul Mitchell Super Strong Treatment (available here) during this process too!
5. Depending on your starting color and the brand that you are using, your color should be pretty well faded after doing this for a few days. If you are wanting to go platinum blonde, or to some color that is drastically different, then you’re probably still going to need to bleach it a little bit with a low volume developer. I don’t recommend lightening your own hair at home, I’ve had to fix too many bad bleaching jobs to feel comfortable telling you that you can just go for it. It’s best to leave this part to a professional!
I hope this helps you to mix it up a little bit! If you try out these tips, let me know how it works out for you and post pictures of your new hair color! If you’d like to purchase any of the products mentioned in this post, you can get them and many other professional products at Loxa Beauty! Loxa is the only website approved by Paul Mitchell to sell their products.
P.S. You might also like these posts:
The Color Wheel And How It Applies To Hair Color
How To Make Pastel Hair Color
How To Trim Your Own Bangs
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By Kelsi Eldredge