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How to get semi permanent hair colour out?

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1234ThumbWar · 26/01/2011 20:02

I dyed my hair on Christmas eve with a dark plum colour from my mid brown/auburn. I'd done it about six weeks before, but it was fading and I wanted it all lovely in time for Santa.

I'm bored with it now and am starting to get roots showing through, but it's showing no sign of going. The first few washes it was coming out in the shower, but not any longer. It was Herbashine, which is supposed to be for 12 - 18 washes I think.

Any ideas how I can at least hurry up the fading process?

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southeastastra · 26/01/2011 20:06

head and shoulders (apparently) and superdrug do a colour out thing

BluddyMoFo · 26/01/2011 20:08

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nowadoubledee · 26/01/2011 20:47

Washing up liquid

talkingnonsense · 26/01/2011 20:53

Soak in oil for ten min then wash out.

mumtoted · 26/01/2011 21:01

Ketchup is for blonde hair that's gone green! H&S for stripping out colour.

HairExtensions · 26/01/2011 22:49

Colour B4 by Scott Cornwall from Boots around £12, I used it on a 12-18 wash dye that wasn't shifting and it took it straight off (make sure and condition well after though)

1234ThumbWar · 26/01/2011 23:19

Ve been using Head and shoulders and it's not working. I'll do oil inmthe morning and if doesn't work then off to Boots. Thanks everyone.

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TheFarSide · 26/01/2011 23:21

In my experience, it never comes out fully - but I have very porous hair.

ginmakesitallok · 27/01/2011 07:36

I was told by my hairdresser that there really is no such thing as a semi-permanent hair dye - they all leave residual colour. Think the only way round it is to re-dye with colour nearer your natural colour.

AlicesWonderland · 27/01/2011 07:46

Hi you can buy this stuff called Scott Cornwall B4 colour from Boots for about £10

It doesn't have any bleach or anything in it and shrinks the molecules of the hair dye so they can be rinsed from your hair (this takes about 20 mins of rinsing)

I had black hair from dying it brown over and over and it's taken me back to my medium red/brown colour Grin

If you type it into to you tube there are some reviews

merrywidow · 27/01/2011 08:08

semi permanent dyes are water based single bottle colours (no mixing)

semi permanent dyes where you mix two bottles together are DEMI permanent and often fade out, but never fully come out.

1234ThumbWar · 27/01/2011 20:47

Well I've done the hot oit thing today and it made no difference whatsoever. Will go to Boots in the next day or two and get the stuff.

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WipsGlitter · 27/01/2011 20:52

Vosene shampoo. My mum had an incident with hair dye and their helpline recommended this

1234ThumbWar · 05/02/2011 19:37

Just thought I'd report in. I bought the B4 stuff from Boots - extra strength as the colour was very dark and it's worked a treat. The even better news is that I'm not anything like as grey as I thought I might be (has been coloured for ages).

The stuff was odd as I expected to see colour when I washed it out and it was quite clear, but nothing left on my hair.

Anyway - I recommend.

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Evizza · 05/02/2011 19:45

I also recommend Scott Cornwall B4 colour. I have used it before with excellent results. You really do need to condition well after though as it does dry your hair a bit.

Tesco's also sell it...and for about £7/£8 for the extra strength.

Dianna x

MoonGirl1981 · 05/02/2011 19:47

I've used ColorB4 which worked on 'natural' colours but wouldn't shift bright pink.

For future reference Johnson's Baby Shampoo works like dye stripper on hair. No idea why.

said · 05/02/2011 20:38

That B4 stuff - willit take out all colour that has been applied to hair ever or just teh latest? I would be so scared curious to see my real colour now.

1234ThumbWar · 05/02/2011 21:25

said - it says that it takes all colour out, so be prepared.

I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised, but might feel different in daylight tomorrow.

Agree the B4 felt very drying, so I bunged on loads of conditioner and it was fine.

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TryLikingClarity · 05/02/2011 22:16

I'm really interested that so many people are recommending that Scott Cornwall B4 Colour thingy from Boots and are saying it worked for them.

I bought it after reading another thread a few months ago and it made a hair a lovely natural colour and didn't make it too dry... all great except the 'natural' colour it made me wasn't my natural colour! Confused

I'm not sure if it was a reaction to the dye I was trying to strip out, but for some reason it turned my dyed plummy colour to a light ginger colour, not the medium brown my hair is naturally!

I actually quite liked the ginger colour so I kept it that way until the roots started to grow through.

Sorry for thread hijack OP, just wanted to tell you a different pov on that product.

1234ThumbWar · 07/02/2011 09:12

Hmm, TryLikingClarity that's interesting because I'm not entirely convinced this is my real colour now I've lived with it a couple of days. It's a bit more vibrant that what I remembered my own to be and I really did think I'd be a lot greyer. I'll wait and see if I get roots. The problem is it's so long since I was completely natural I've been dying it for the last couple of years and before that having highlights. I think it was about 15 years ago since it was last natural.

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HouseOfBamboo · 07/02/2011 09:31

When I used the B4 stuff, it did lighten my hair a lot (as it removed layers of brown/black dye), but the colour I was left with definitely wasn't my natural colour.

It was much more light brown and 'gingery' than the natural salt and (very dark) pepper colour that my roots are.

In the blurb about the product, it says to expect this because even semi-permanent dark brown dyes will bleach out some of your natural colour. When you bleach dark brown hair, it goes through shades of ginger (before eventually becoming blonde if you add enough bleach).

You don't normally see this because the dark dye covers it straight away. The B4 removes the dark dye, revealing the slightly bleached/gingery hair underneath.

HouseOfBamboo · 07/02/2011 09:32

Oh yes and forgot - the B4 doesn't claim to lift ALL colour off grey hair, as apparently the dye permanently 'stains' grey hair to some extent.

1234ThumbWar · 07/02/2011 11:40

I'm going off you HouseOfBamboo Wink I'm sure I'm just not as grey as I though Smile.

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voiceofnoreason · 07/02/2011 11:53

Scissors? Grin

HouseOfBamboo · 07/02/2011 12:18

Grin Thumbwar - I'm sure you don't have much grey really Wink

and tbh scissors really is the only way to properly get rid of ALL the effects of dark dyeing... but I'm not going for a number two (or whatever they're called) just yet.

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