I’m pretty dead right now, but I have been meaning to write this for the past few days, so I thought I’ll do it now seeing as I have nothing else to do.
In my last post, I was talking about Stargazer Tropical Green dye and how amazing it was. I stand by that: it’s amazing and I’m going to be going back to Stargazer for my next colour. That’s where my problem arises: I’m wanting to move on to my next colour, but because I’ve kept my colour so vibrant (which I have done a ‘How to’ HERE), it’s not shifting. So, I have done my research and complied a list of hints for any of you who are also suffering. Bare in mind, this is for people who have semi permanent or henna dyes on their hair: if it’s permanent, these may work, but it’ll take a long, long time.
- Wash your hair in hot/warm water: hot water lifts the outer cuticle layer, which is one of the most common reasons that color fades, especially with semi permanent as they don’t go into the hair follicle: they sit on top of the hair which is why colours usually only work well on blonde hair or bleached hair.
- Anti dandruff shampoo or clarifying shampoo: I have no clue why or how this works, but the chemicals in the shampoo lift it amazingly: leave it on your hair for about 10 minutes, then rinse off; the colour will fade really well, and pretty evenly. I did this when I had henna dye on my hair, and it was gone within a month or two.
- Heat: yes, still use heat protection, but use heat. Remember how I said avoid heat to keep colour lasting? Do the opposite: if you want to fade your colour, use heat on your hair; it works in a similar way to washing your hair in hot water, as it removes the top cuticle layer.
- Deep condition your hair: it’s both good for your hair, and removes colour. If you leave nearly anything on your hair for too long, your colour will fade. Although the result won’t be as intense as with shampoo, it’ll still help to fade it.
- Wash your hair more often: this is one of the only cases where I’ll say step away from the dry shampoo. The more you wash your hair, the more the colour will fade, because in the end, hair dye’s worst enemy is water.
- Bleach: both my best friend and worth enemy. Bleach can take you from black hair to blonde IF you’re persistent (don’t expect to go from black to blonde in one sitting, it’s not possible and not healthy for your hair). I tried this and my hair just went a pastel blue, but if your hair has already faded a lot, in might work.
- Hair stripper: it’s the same as bleach but it smells worse. It’s chemicals though, so if you use it, deep condition; you’ve gotta look after your hair.
Finally, be aware of the colour you’re getting rid of: blues and greens (as I’ve learnt) are bloody horrible to get rid of, and they cling your dead life onto your hair, only challenged by black dye: there’s no going back once you dye your hair black. Red based dyes are a lot easier to get out: they fade every wash, so they’re harder to maintain, but easier to get rid of.
I hope I could be of some help: I’m trying to fade mine by December, so believe me when I say I’ll be putting all of these to the test and pushing them to their limits.
Stay safe and stay happy, Angels ❤