What you need to know about Semi Permanent Hair Colour
Author: Danielle Cauchi Date Posted: 7 March 2023
So, you want to change up your look but don’t want to deal with the hassle of regular colour appointments?
Or you look in the mirror and feel your hair is missing that special ‘something’, but you don’t know what it is?
It might be time to give Semi Permanent Hair Colour a spin.
Semi Permanent Hair Colour can be a super quick, easy and affordable way to bring life and extra shine back into lifeless hair. But what is Semi Permanent Hair Colour? What colour do I choose? And how on Earth will I remove it?
What is Semi Permanent Hair Colour?
Semi Permanent Hair Colour is a hair colouring product that is designed to be temporary making it an excellent option for those who enjoy changing up their look regularly, those who value low maintenance hair colour without the commitment that comes with Permanent Hair Colour and anyone who wants to give their existing colour some extra shine and pizazz.
This type of hair colour works by coating the hair cuticle rather than penetrating the strand, gradually washing out over the course of up to 24 shampoos, depending on the formula.
It is a great option for anyone wanting a low maintenance hair colour as they come out on their own, they don’t usually require additional developer or activator and they fade away instead of growing out so you aren’t left with an unsightly block of regrowth.
Unlike Permanent Hair Colour, Semi Permanent Hair Colour does not contain ingredients such as ammonia and peroxide and therefore cannot lighten or drastically change the colour of the hair. The added benefit of this is that Semi Permanent Hair Colour tends to be less damaging than Permanent Hair Colour.
How to remove Semi Permanent Hair Colour
Semi Permanent Hair Colour is designed to wash out on its own. However long it takes will depend on the type of Semi Permanent Hair Colour, but they can last anywhere up to 24 shampoos.
If you want to speed up the process for whatever reason and you do not have a colour remover on hand, you can try one of these three methods:
- Clarifying or anti-dandruff shampoo: Wet your hair properly with warm water then massage it thoroughly with clarifying shampoo. Allow it sit for 5-10 minutes (depending on the strength of the colour) then rinse until the water runs clear.
- Baking Soda: Create a ‘paste’ by combining a tablespoon of baking soda with water and apply it to the hair gently, ensuring each strand is coated. Allow it to sit for up to 20 minutes before washing your hair as usual.
- Oil: If you are worried about drying out your hair, you can help remove Semi Permanent Hair Colour with oils such as Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil, Argan Oil, Olive Oil and Tee Tree Oil. Conduct a hot oil treatment by warming up some Extra Virgin Olive Oil, massaging it into damp hair and allowing it to soak for about 30 minutes before washing your hair as normal.
On the other hand, if you are hoping to extend the lifespan of your Semi Permanent Hair Colour, be sure to prolong time between shampoos and avoid exposure to chlorine, the sun, heating tools and harsh weather conditions.
Best colours of Semi Permanent Hair Colour to try
Since Semi Permanent Hair Colour typically won’t be able to lighten or significantly darken your hair, it’s good to choose a colour that best matches your natural colour to enhance tone, add shine and vibrancy to give your hair some extra life and ‘oomph’ between salon visits.
When choosing Semi Permanent Hair Colours, it is important to note that the colour may appear darker than what is pictured on the box so it may be a good idea to opt for one shade lighter.
Best brands of Semi Permanent Hair Colour
Good Dye Young was founded by the radiant red-head herself, Hayley Williams of Paramore, in collaboration with her long-time hair stylist, makeup artist and friend Brian O’Connor. Hayley, known for her bright red locks, bold style and powerhouse vocals, aimed to create a brand that offered loud expressive colours with top quality formulas, free from as many nasty chemicals as possible. The brand is also cruelty free and vegan.
If you’re going to try Good Dye Young, check out Allure Best of Beauty 2021 Award Winner, Good Dye Young I’m Board Hair Makeup Semi Temporary Color Serum.
Brite is also a vegan and cruelty free hair brand with a PETA accreditation. This brand strongly values ethics from their product ingredients to the promotion of a positive work environment. Seriously, they even have puppies roaming around HQ that are ‘happiness support staff’. How cute!
Check out the Brite Semi Permanent Hair Colour 75ml - Value Set to give yourself multiple options at a great value price.
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