How to Fade Out Blue Hair Dye or Other Semi-Permanent Colors

The worst part about dying your hair (semi- or demi-permanent ) is when you want to change colors, but you need to get rid of the old one and it can be extremely painstaking, especially with the most stubborn color of all, which is blue. There are lots of different ways you can fade out your color, ranging from gentle ways that fade out a little bit to more extreme ways that will free you from you color once and for all. Here I’m going to show you how I got rid of the blue dye in my hair and got back down to a very light base so I could color over it.

How to fade out blue semi-permanent hair dye

Here’s a video tutorial of how I faded out my hair, showing all the steps that it took!

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1. Let it naturally fade – Over time, if you don’t touch up your hair dye, it will fade on its own. If you know you want to change colors in a month, just let the dye fade as much as it will in that month without retouching it.

2. Wash your hair – The simplest way to get dye out is to wash it. Use shampoo that you normally wouldn’t use with dyed hair because now instead of fading your color when you don’t want it to fade, it’ll be doing you a favor. I recommend the Head and Shoulders anti-dandruff shampoo, or the Walmart version since it’s cheaper, or and harsh shampoo like that. You can also use dish soap to do the job. Wash your hair over and over to get dye out. This might not do much on blues, but it’ll help with other colors.

3. Vitamin C treatments – As you can see in the video, I went straight for the vitamin C treatment. Get some vitamin c pills, crush them into powder, and mix them with your dye-fading shampoo or dish soap of your choice. This is what really makes a difference and will be all you need for colors other than blue. I still started off with this though since it doesn’t damage my hair like bleach does and I wanted to preserve it for as long as possible. Use this to scrub the color out of your hair and leave it on for a while. Rinse and repeat until your color has faded.

4. Bleach bath – This is what you’ll probably have to resort to if you can’t get your color out, and with blue, that’s almost certain. It’s possible to fade with the other methods, but alone they’re not going to cut it. Mix your bleach and developer as usual, but dilute it with shampoo, at least match the amount of the bleach mixture with shampoo, and use up to twice as much shampoo to dilute it. Mix it all together and lather up your hair. Leave it on for a few minutes until you can see your color lifting, and then wash it out. This is less harsh than using straight bleach on your hair, but is still drying so make sure you condition very well afterwards!

Now your hair should be light enough to dye over it. If not, you might want to try the last step again, or bleaching through the color as a last resort. If you have more tips, comment them down below and share what you have to say!

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  1. Persnickety

    I think blue hair on you looks cool! I liked the ombre you did! I’e never tried it, as my hair will only bleach to orange, and with bright red hair, the transition is about impossible! Congrats to you!

    1. admin (Post author)

      Thanks so much!! It’s really all about getting it as close to white as possible which is a lot of work but can be worth it!

  2. santos orosco

    the best blog ever. you are the best ever.

    1. admin (Post author)

      Omg you’re so sweet. You’re definitely the best ever though 😛

  3. santos orosco

    i love the hafe pink hafe green both my favorite coler’s in the world.

    1. admin (Post author)

      kinda like watermelon haha. And thanks! :)

  4. Jacqueline

    If you ever need to do this again, try mix dish soap or any drying-shampoo with some baking soda. I tried to remove my blue hair dye using red dye and got red semi-permanent hair dye all over my hands. It didn’t come out and people kept on asking me what did you do… So I washed my hands with mixture of dish soap baking soda for 5 times and they came off taking 3 days. I will now try using the same thing on my hair to see how it turns out! Then I want to try the vitamin C method.

    1. admin (Post author)

      I’ve tried that method before on my hair and usually don’t get much colour out at all :/ The vitamin C is the best method I’ve ever tried that doesn’t harm my hair and I bet you’ll find some success with that!


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