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How To Remove Demi-permanent Hair Color At Home?

You must be seeing celebrities show off their new hair colors all the time. How can they do that? Will their hair be damaged?

These are probably the first questions that run through your head. The answer is demi-permanent hair color. This recipe is quite sophisticated and not too expensive.

However, there will come a time when you get bored with dyed hair colors and want to get back to the original hair color.

For each dye, the timing and method of toning will vary. So to keep your mind at ease, we have given our top common questions about removing hair color demi-permanently.

Can you remove Demi-permanent hair color?

A hair with demi-permanent hair color can be a good choice for adding lowlights or darkening the hair.

Your hair will not fade but only deposit new color. And since demi-permanent does not contain ammonia, it is less harmful to hair than permanent color.

Depending on hair porosity and environmental factors, demi-permanent color may fade in six weeks or more.

But if you want your hair to lighten again quickly, you may need color correction techniques to remove the color.

How do I remove Demi-permanent hair color at home?

After getting fed up with dyed hair colors, most people often choose to go to a neighborhood pharmacy and buy expensive hair dye remover.

However, be aware that some over-the-counter brands do not list harsh chemicals that can cause damage. There are many other alternative removal methods that you don’t seem to need looking any further than your kitchen cabinet.

The ingredients are not only safe and environmentally friendly, but they can also be used for permanent or demi-permanent hair color.

Method 1: Using Baking soda

Things you’ll need:

  • Baking soda
  • Shampoos


  1. Step 1: Mix baking soda and shampoo (or anti-dandruff shampoo works best)
  2. Step 2: Create a mixture of baking soda and shampoo at a ratio of 1-1.
  3. Step 3: Leave it for a few minutes before rinsing with hot water. Do it for a few days or until the dye has completely faded.

Method 2: Using vitamin C tablets

Things you’ll need:

  • Vitamin C tablets
  • Hot water
  • Shower cap


  1. Step 1: Mix hot water and vitamin C tablets to form a paste.
  2. Step 2: Apply this mixture to your hair and leave for an hour while wearing a shower cap.
  3. Step 3: Rinse with hot water. You should apply it a few days after dying your hair.

Method 3: Using white vinegar

Using vinegar is an effective method to fadelighten or remove hair dye.

(Read more: What Happens If You Put Vinegar In Your Hair?)

Things you’ll need:

  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Shower cap


  1. Step 1: Mix the mixture of white vinegar and water with the ratio 1: 1.
  2. Step 2: Apply this mixture to your hair.
  3. Step 3: Put a shower cap on your head and incubate for 15 to 20 minutes before washing it off.

See also: How to remove semi-permanent hair dye from bleached hair?

Can I use demi-permanent hair color over permanent?

Technically, permanent hair color never really leaves but will fade over time. Meanwhile, demi-permanent hair color is ammonia-free, and its molecules lie under the outer cuticle of the hair shaft without penetrating the strand.

Instead, they wrap around the hair cuticle and create a colored coating that gradually loses away. You can think of demi-permanent hair color as a lip stain. It will wear off and you are free to try another color after about 24 types of shampoos.

How long does it take for Demi-permanent hair dye to fade?

If you have blond hair or light brunette tones of purple, the color may stay indefinitely. Meanwhile, if your hair is dark brown, it will last from 5 to 8 weeks depending on the porosity of the hair.

However, if you are light hair color and want to return to your natural color, you can expect to pay a large cost for that.

See also: How To Keep Purple Hair From Fading?



I’m Aida and this is my blog where I write mostly about beauty & make up related stuff, but I like to spice it up a bit with lifestyle and photography posts. Or with whatever that comes to my mind. Hope you will enjoy the reading enough that we will ‘see’ each other more often!

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