Fading or getting rid of semi-permanent hair dye, in this case green hair dye, can be quite the challenge. I’ve experimented with nearly all the methods for removing semi-permanent and demi-permanent hair dyes of various colours and brands, and this is the best way I’ve found it can be done.
In this video I posted on my YouTube channel, I show you how I faded out the green hair dye I had in order to get it light enough to change to my next hair colour!
Disclaimer!! My hair looks very wavy and not curly in the photo of my hair with the faded green because I had just taken it out of french braids (you will see if you watch the video) and it was still somewhat damp. My hair did NOT lose its curl from this as you can see in my more recent videos and photos on Instagram!
How I faded out the Green Dye in my Hair
Here are all the steps that I used during the fading process for this particular hair colour.
- Time – The first and most natural step in fading out any hair colour is using time. Time passes wether you like it or not, so there’s no stopping time from fading your hair colour. Fortunately, by the time you’re tired of it and ready to move on to another colour, time will have worked in your favour and made the fading process all that much easier!
- Salerm Color Reverse Treatment – This is the best method I’ve found so far to effectively and pretty quickly strip out any semi-permanent or demi-permanent hair dye. The treatment is called Salerm Color Reverse and is a two-step process. All you have to do is take an equal ratio of the two solutions, mix them together, and apply it to your hair. I let it sit for 20 minutes, shampoo it out, condition my hair, then let it fully dry and repeat the process the day after. This gives my hair time to rest in between treatments.
- Light Bleach Bath – A last-resort way to fade hair dye (well, last to just bleaching through it), is by using a bleach bath. A bleach bath is when you combine shampoo with hair bleach. Some people mix it with just the powder and others mix with the solution of bleach powder and developer- I’m not sure which way is more effective or damaging, so that’s definitely something to test in the future! You then spread this mixture on the are that you’d like to strip colour from, and it will remove the colour more gently than just bleaching through it. This is a lot less damaging than bleaching, and is a great step to try when there’s still that stubborn green clinging on to your hair after two rounds of the Salerm Color Reverse that just needs to go.
Here are some tips for anyone who wants to fade green or any other semi-permanent hair dye colour from their hair.
- Be Gentle When Processing – When you are doing any kind of processing to your hair, it becomes more vulnerable than it was before. This means that any extra tugging, pulling, or stress put on your hair will be more damaging than it would normally be. With the stripping product in my hair it feels more gummy or stretchy, so I’m careful to not tug on it too much.
This also goes for putting your hair up into a pony-tail while you wait for it to process. That’s a big no-no.
- Deep Condition Beforehand – Deep conditioning your hair is a good thing to practice regularly, but especially a great thing to do before you do any type of process to it. Before stripping my hair, I used the Joico Moisture Recovery Balm and let it sit in my hair for an entire day to prep my hair for the process that was about to com its way.
- Use a Protein Treatment Afterwards – Using a protein treatment will strengthen your hair after the hair folicle has been opened up, invaded, and left porous and sad. To fill in the hair folicle with the proteins that it needs and help smooth and strengthen it again, I use an old favourite at-home protein treatment that always seems to do the trick. If you’ve never tried the Aphogee Two Minute Keratin Reconstructor, then you have a lot to catch up on!
- Give Yourself Extra Time – The fading process can take quite a while to happen. This can range depending on the dye and colour you have in your hair, but I’ve found that it takes two rounds of using the Salerm Color Reverse treatment or others similar to get out enough of the dye to be able to move forwards with another colour. If I wanted to get even more out to get a perfectly blank base, I’d need another round after that.
That being said, if you really want to fade out your hair colour, it’s going to take time. I’d recommend giving yourself a full weekend to do this so you don’t end up rushing or being disappointed in the job that you did!
That’s all you need to do to remove green dye, or any other semi-permanent hair dye from your lovely locks! Comment down below what your experience with stripping hair colour has been like, the products you’ve tried, and what works best for you. I’d love to know what your thoughts are and share experiences and I’m always looking for newer and better methods for hair colouring and stripping!
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