How to remove blue semi-permanent hair dye.

by Emma Allen

Following on from my last post which was things to consider before you dye your hair. I thought I’d write a little post about ways to remove the blue hair dye that you are now stuck with.

If you’re anything like me then you would of skipped the thought process and tips in my previous post, which is half the reason I wrote it and you” now be desperately googling ways to remove blue semi-permanent hair dye.

I am definitely not saying that you shouldn’t love your blue hair. I loved mine for the first couple of months. Me being one of those humans that tend to get bored real quick, change my mind every second and yet still somehow manage to lose my shit when the plans change. I decided I wanted to change my hair and try something else.

Spoiler. You can’t, especially if you’ve used a strong blue semi-permanent hair dye that just does not want to budge. This has led me to literally living in braids for the past few weeks as I’ve decided that if I can’t see it, it won’t bother me as much.

The old, out of sight out of mind trick. It’s kind of worked to an extent but every time it comes to washing my hair, which is a lot more at the moment due to trying to remove the blue. I am reminded that maybe blue wasn’t such a good idea in the long term. For me.

As I sit here with a pug asleep on the bed next to me, the dark clouds are overhead and it’s started raining heavily outside. Recovering from a three day migraine which has now buggered off. I’m typing up some of the things I have been doing to try and remove blue semi-permanent hair dye.

These are things that I have both looked up on the internet and that I have been advised. I spoke with two professional hair stylists about removing the dye without ruining my hair too much in the process.

If you are at this stage and have not yet dyed your hair that magical blue colour, I would seriously recommend checking out my previous post linked above before you jump in at the deep end.

If I’d have ended up dying my hair pink or a lighter colour I probably wouldn’t have even needed to write these two posts so at least make sure you are ready for keeping the blue for the long haul. Unless of course you are willing to destroy your hair to remove it afterwards then by all means go ahead. Don’t let me stop you.

If on the other hand you want to make sure you remove it safely with minimal damage, read on my friends. I’ll tell you my exact hair condition before I started working on removing the blue. I bleached my hair in March/April 3 times to get the blonde colour required, leaving 6 weeks in between each session to allow my hair to rest.

In May I purchased a La Riche Directions semi-permanent hair colour in Turquoise and applied, it took well and only really started to fade by July so in August I bought another of their hair colours in Atlantic Blue and applied this. It’s not been 10 weeks and my hair is fading well. But that’s only since I started the tricks to remove the colour as advised.

Internet remedies.

Firstly, I looked to the internet, as we do in this day and age to find ways of removing my hair that wouldn’t cost me an expensive trip to the hairdressers. There are SO many tips, tricks, tutorials and let me tell you, most of them are crap. They do not remove your hair colour and they will damage your hair quite a bit.

I tried the vitamin C tablets crushed and mixed with fairy liquid and anti-dandruff shampoo first. This did remove a little colour but nowhere near as much as I was expecting or that had been claimed in the videos I’d watched. It also dried my hair out so much it felt like straw and I couldn’t even run my straighteners though it in fear of it snapping.

I wouldn’t advice this one at all. I also tried the same method although I swapped the tablets for bi-carbonate of soda and left the mixture on for 30 minutes before washing out. This also removed minimal colour and left my hair feeling practically dead for days.

Professional advice

This is where I booked a couple of consultations with hair stylists local to me to get their opinions. I initially wanted them to cut, dye and restyle my hair but unfortunately due to the previous attempts of removing the dye they wouldn’t touch my hair as it was too damaged. It was suggested that I use a few different methods and invest in some treatments too.

I was advised to start using medicated shampoo as it was more effective at removing the semi-permanent hair dye. I bought the Vosene shampoo as suggested and started washing my hair with this daily as advised by both hair stylists.

I also invested in my old favourite conditioning treatment, the Aussie deep treatment 3 minute miracle reconstructor. I used this religiously as a teenager and so grabbed a bottle from the supermarket and started using this daily too.

I’ve been working on my hair with these suggestions for around 3 weeks now and I can say my hair has definitely started fading faster then I thought. I’ve even got blonde streaks back in my hair now where the colour has removed completely.

It’s still a long way off from being able to change colour and I plan on bleach bathing when it’s healthy enough ready for a nice rose gold autumnal colour.

Just remember that it’s not as simple to remove blue semi-permanent hair dye so make sure you are willing to put up with it long term and remember that removing it safely may take longer but the process will save your hair from unnecessary damage.

There is nothing worse then hair like straw. I actually cried so I’m glad it’s getting back to it’s normal self as the one thing I love most about myself is my hair.

What tips would you share for removing semi-permanent hair dyes?

– Emma Allen –

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vegucatedbecca 10/10/2017 - 8:08 pm

Its a beast isn’t it? I had to strip my hair with head and shoulders for weeks! It’s so hard to get out. Blue, Green and Red. Argh!

Emma Allen 11/10/2017 - 9:28 am

It really is, although it’s finally starting to fade now so fingers crossed I can get rid soon!! x


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