How Long Does Semi Permanent Hair Dye Last? With some brands, you can expect them to last anywhere from 6 to 24 months, depending on your hair type and lifestyle. Learn how to get the most out of your color and keep it as vibrant as possible.
- What is Semi Permanent Hair Dye?
- Semi-permanent hair color
- Semi Permanent Hair Dye – Pros and Cons of Using It
- What is the difference between permanent and semi-permanent hair dye?
- Do You Need to Wear Protective Gear When Applying Semi-Permanent Hair Dye?
- Why Semi Permanent Color Washes Out So Fast?
- What’s the difference between semi-permanent and semi-permanent hair color?
- Do I need to use bleach?
- Here are Some Helpful Tips For Applying Semi Permanent Hair Dye Proper
What is Semi Permanent Hair Dye?
Semi-permanent hair dye is a type of hair dye that is designed to last for 6-12 weeks. It is used to cover greys or add color to your hair. Semi-permanent dyes are made of pigments that are water soluble and wash out with shampoo after a few washes.
Semi permanent dye is a great solution for those who want to change their hair color but don’t want to make the commitment of permanent dye.
The benefit of semi permanent dye is that it does not damage your hair as much as chemical dyes do, because it does not contain ammonia or peroxide.
The best thing about semi-permanent hair dye is that it does not damage your hair as much as other types of dyes. And if you are looking for a more natural look, it is perfect for you because the pigments will not be as harsh and vibrant.
Semi permanent dyes are also less expensive than chemical dyes, and they come in many different colors.
Semi-permanent hair color
Semi-permanent hair dye is usually best if you want to subtly change your color, are concerned about damaging sensitive hair, and don’t mind it eventually washing out. You may opt for it if you want to:
- Blend highlights with your base color
- Correct off-tone color (like blonde that’s gone brassy)
- Refresh faded hair color
- Temporarily touch up roots
- Grow out permanent color
- Blend grays
- Add shine and tone to dry or dull hair
Semi Permanent Hair Dye – Pros and Cons of Using It
Semi-permanent hair dye can be used to cover up gray hair, add highlights or lowlights, or change your natural color. It’s a great option for those who want to experiment with different colors without committing themselves to a permanent change.
Some drawbacks of using semi-permanent hair dye are that it doesn’t last as long as the permanent color does and that it fades faster than the permanent color does.
The time it lasts varies based on the type of dye used, the health of your hair, and how well you take care of your hair. It can last anywhere from 2-6 weeks.
Does Semi-Permanent Hair Dye Work on All Shades of Skin? It can be done on any hair color or skin tone. However, it is important to note that not all the shades work the same on all skin tones.
What is the difference between permanent and semi-permanent hair dye?
The main difference between permanent and semi-permanent hair dye is that permanent color enters the cortex of strands, altering their structure and color indefinitely. On the other hand, semi-permanent hair color simply sits on the hair’s surface to enhance shine, tone hair, and refresh color, gradually fading over time.
Do You Need to Wear Protective Gear When Applying Semi-Permanent Hair Dye?
Semi-permanent hair dye is a type of hair color that lasts for around 3-6 months. The process of applying it includes mixing the dye with the developer and applying it to the hair. You should wear gloves when applying a perm because it can cause your hands to become dry and cracked. However, you should wear gloves with a perm because they are more potent and can cause skin irritation.
Why Semi Permanent Color Washes Out So Fast?
The reason semi-permanent color washes out is that it does not penetrate the hair shaft. When you dye your hair, the dye goes inside the strand and coats the outside. Semi-permanent color is only on the outside of your hair strand. The hair shaft has a natural protective coating that blocks anything from going in, so when you wash your hair, all of that color washes off with it.
Semi-permanent color begins to gradually fade after four to 12 shampoos. The less porous your hair, the longer your color will last. Ask your stylist for a conditioner or mask that contains color-depositing pigments to extend the tone of your hair color between appointments. Our go-to is Biolage Professional’s Color Depositing Conditioner, available in seven shades.
Looking to keep brassiness undertones at bay? Look no further than a buildable toning spray, like Matrix’s All-In-One Toning Leave In Spray. Opt for So Silver to banish yellow tones in blonde, silver, and gray hair, and pick up Brass Off to neutralize orange tinges that creep into lightened brunette or dark blonde hair.
Plan to return to the salon in about four to 10 weeks, depending on your personal preferences.
What’s the difference between semi-permanent and semi-permanent hair color?
Unlike semi-permanent color, semi-permanent hair color requires a developer or a low volume of hydrogen peroxide to gently open the hair’s surface and deposit color. This means it generally lasts a bit longer (12 to 24 shampoos) before fading. It’s used in many cases as semi-permanent color, in addition to enhancing your natural color, darkening, or lowlighting hair.
If you’re interested in trying out semi-permanent hair color, ask your colorist about Redken Shades EQ Hair Gloss. These ammonia-free formulas are a mix of direct and oxidative dyes that provide results in just 20 minutes. Whether you want a tone change, a color correction, or a brand new hue without less commitment, the Shades EQ line does it all. Plus, they contain amino acids that help to condition the hair and leave it looking super shiny.
Do I need to use bleach?
Bleach hair color, a.k.a. lightener, is a chemical that lifts color from your strands. It strips away a previous shade or creates a blank base for a bright color. You may need to use bleach if you need more lift (salon speak for going lighter) than what you’d get from a permanent color for what’s known as a double process, Shade notes.
Although lighteners get a bad rap for damaging hair and leaving it dry and crunchy, Shade says that a stylist with years of experience who’s properly examined your hair should have no problem leaving it looking beautiful and feeling healthy. We also suggest using a treatment to reinforce bleach-weakened hair bonds at home, like Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Intensive Treatment. This highly reparative rinse-off formula works within your hair to strengthen hair bonds weakened by stressors like hair color and lightening. Your hair will be smoother, conditioned, and healthier-looking in as little as 10 minutes.
When bleaching hair, your stylist will typically reach for a semi-permanent toner post bleach to combat the undertones that can pull through when lightening hair.
Here are Some Helpful Tips For Applying Semi Permanent Hair Dye Proper
- Semi-permanent hair dye is a chemical treatment that changes the color of your hair for a period of time. It provides a temporary change to your hair color and does not offer the same level of coverage as a permanent dye.
- Hair dye should not be applied to freshly dyed or permed hair.
- A clear shampoo should be used before applying any type of hair dye to ensure that the scalp is clean and free from any residue.
- Before applying semi-permanent hair dye, make sure you have followed all the instructions on the packaging, including waiting time in between application steps.
- It is also important to remember that it will take longer for the semi-permanent dye to develop than permanent dyes so less product may be needed than with permanent dyes.
IMPROVE TONE & ADD SHINE WITH TEMPORARY COLOR
Is your client looking for a quick, short-lasting yet stunning transformation?
Temporary hair colors are direct dyes made up of large color molecules that rest on the cuticle layer of the hair. These molecules are too large to penetrate through to the cortex and wash away when the hair is next shampooed.
Temporary color can improve hair tone, add shine and, in some instances, provide 15% white hair coverage. What’s more, it’s not mixed with any developer or oxidant. It usually comes in the form of mousses, gels, sprays, rinses, shampoos and treatment conditioners.
The fantastic thing about temporary hair color is that it is (in theory) exactly that. However, if your client’s hair is compromised and damaged – or you choose a tone that is bright and intense and apply it to pre-lightened hair – you may find that your planned wash-in-wash-out color sticks around far longer than you ever intended! So make sure you keep this in mind during your client consultation and analysis.
DELIVER FANTASTIC NO COMMITMENT COLOR WITH SEMI-PERMANENT HAIR COLOR
Semi-permanent hair color is designed to last a little longer than temporary hair color. When used on healthy virgin hair, it’s an excellent no commitment color service.
Semi-permanent color is a deposit only color, which means it cannot make hair lighter. Like temporary hair color, semi-permanent hair color is not mixed with any developer or oxidant. It can only deposit depth and tone and usually lasts between 6 and 10 washes.
The best semi-permanent hair colors make use of the electromagnetic charge that hair naturally has. These products create their color molecules to be both positively charged (cationic) and negatively charged (non-ionic).
The negatively-charged color molecules attract to the positive charge that hair has when it has recently emerged from the hair root. The positively-charged color molecules attract to the negative charge of the mid-lengths and ends.
By using the science of cationic and non-ionic color molecules, this type of semi-permanent color wedges small and large molecules deeper into the cuticle layer providing a richer, deeper color deposit that lasts a little longer than semi-permanent colors that do not use this technology.
USE TEMPORARY COLOR FOR 15% WHITE HAIR COVERAGE AND SEMI-PERMANENT FOR 30%
I often get asked “what do you mean by 15% white hair coverage?” “Does this mean that only 15% of the white hairs on a head are covered by the temporary color?”
When a product manufacturer identifies the percentage of white hair coverage, what they are referring to is how much the existing white hair will change to your target color.
If you cover all your client’s hair with temporary color, the individual hairs that are white and do not contain any melanin will have enough color molecules deposited on the cuticle layer to make them to change their appearance by 15%.
Semi-permanent hair color generally provides 30% white hair coverage. It is a direct dye that’s made up of a mixture of small and large color molecules that are deposited on and inside the cuticle layer of the hair shaft.
USE SEMI-PERMANENT HAIR COLOR FOR DAMAGED HAIR
Semi-permanent hair colors are incredibly versatile and fantastic for coloring porous, damaged and dehydrated hair.
Color chameleon clients have money to invest in changing their image. As colorists, we also have a commitment to keeping their hair in the best possible condition.
The best semi-permanent hair colors condition the hair, have no ammonia and are acidic to moisturise and smooth the cuticle. By reaching for a semi-permanent color for our clients with compromised hair, we’re providing the safest choice. What’s more, semi-permanent color on compromised hair will gently fade between services and you will be able to offer a different tone at your client’s next visit.
USE BENEFITS AND MOOD BOARDS TO HELP CLIENTS UNDERSTAND THE TARGET RESULT
Recommending a temporary or semi-permanent color service is often the hardest part of your client’s consultation. The majority of your clientele wants to invest their hard earned money in a color service that will last.
Make note of the benefits of these products and really use them to sell the service. Healthy, shiny hair with beautiful tone really is the outcome you’re aiming towards. For example, mood boards are an excellent way to help your clients understand the target result. Here is an example of a mood board we have put together for a rose gold theme.