Semi-permanent hair color consists of coloring agents having small molecules that fade away after shampooing a few number of times.
Hair coloring is one of the best ways to achieve a complete makeover. A perfect hair color blends well with the skin, thus highlighting the facial features and eye shade. Taking this into consideration, try particular shades of hair colors only after analyzing your skin tone and eye color.
Speaking about the hair color classification based on the persistence of the color on natural hair, there are four primary types, namely, temporary, semi-permanent, demi-permanent and permanent hair colors. No doubt, each of these types is preferred as per individual choice. Nevertheless, semi-permanent hair color is the most sought after hair color type, especially due to its post application results and safety.
Most women opt for semi-permanent hair color to change the natural hair color, to get a different colored hair prior to using permanent hair colors or at times, to cover gray hair.
A basic tip for choosing a hair color is to opt for the specific shade that is two tones lighter or darker than your original hair color, and he one that suits your skin and eye color.
First the scalp should be evaluated for any injury or irritation before application. Deep hair conditioning is also advisable for dry hair. You can refer to the instructions for safe hair coloring ideas.
Always wear protective gloves and do a patch test to check for allergic reactions. Following this, divide your hair into sections and cover each hair section with the product from the root to the tip. Comb the hair with a wide toothed hairbrush and cover the head with a plastic cap till the stipulated color setting time. After that, rinse and wash hair thoroughly with cold water and towel dry the hair.
It is no doubt that semi-permanent hair color lacks ammonia or other toxic chemicals (unlike permanent hair color), which may affect the natural hair texture. In order to increase the longevity of this hair color, you can consider washing the hair with a mixture of one part white vinegar and one part lukewarm water, to rinse the color from your hair. Doing so helps in retaining the colors for a longer period by increasing the pH of the product.
The most important caring tip after dyeing hair with this hair color is using mild shampoo and leave-on conditioners. This will help in preventing hair breakage and split ends. Always wear a protective hat during exposure to harsh sun's rays.
Semi-permanent hair dye persists for about 6-12 shampoo washes. Some products contain dilute peroxide and ethanolamine, which helps in slight opening of the hair cuticles; thus, lasting for nearly 20 washes. If you want to remove the hair color before it fades away on its own, then you can do so effectively just after hair coloring within 24 hours. Consider washing the hair for multiple times with shampoo and hot water.
To remove hair dye after 2-3 days, you can apply virgin olive oil or lemon juice along the hair strands, leave it for 10-15 minutes, and rinse the hair thoroughly with cold water. Another option to remove it, is by using white vinegar all over the hair. Wash the hair after 20 minutes.