How to Fade Hair Colour

Colouring your hair is a great way to change your look, but what happens if it turns the wrong shade or tone? Especially with at-home dyes, it’s hard to guess the final colour resulting in a hair disaster. Instead of using harsh chemicals to strip the colour, you can fade your hair naturally using only a few products.

Note: we recommend avoiding clarifying and anti-dandruff shampoos if you’ve recently had hair extensions or a keratin treatment. These can affect the life of your treatment and loosen the attachments on your extensions.

Why is My Colour Different?

How hair colour attaches depends on the condition of your lengths and the type of hair colour. For example, a semi-permanent colour lasts around six weeks because the colour pigment coats the hair fibre instead of penetrating the hair shaft like permanent colour.

To do this, permanent colour uses chemicals like ammonia or peroxide to bond to the hair for long-lasting colour. The healthier your hair, the more porous the hair shaft will be, allowing the colour to bond for longer, unlike broken or pre-coloured hair. If you have a hair colour disaster on your hands, don’t panic. All you need are some deep cleansing products.

Deep Cleansing Shampoos

If you’ve coloured your hair before, you probably know the more frequently you wash, the more your colour will fade. Most shampoo use sulphates to create a soapy lather to remove dirt and oil, which can strip the hair when washed too often. Usually, this is the last thing you want, but if you want to fade unwanted hair colour, try double cleansing to strip the colour slowly.

Another way to fade your hair colour is with an anti-dandruff shampoo or clarifying shampoo. Deep cleansing shampoos use a combination of powerful surfactants to cut through dirt and oil to leave the hair seriously clean. Clarifying shampoos are mostly used before keratin and chemical treatments to open the hair cuticle to allow the active ingredients to bond deeply to the hair.

To fade hair colour, try using a clarifying shampoo once or twice a week combined with a nourishing conditioner to ensure your lengths are hydrated. Because clarifying shampoos are so powerful, you’ll want to use them in moderation to ensure you don’t strip necessary natural oils from the scalp, drying out your hair further. Once you’ve faded your hair colour, consult a hairdresser to ensure your next colour is the right shade and tone for you.

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