How to Remove Semi-Permanent Color With Baking Soda

Hot water, baking soda and shampoo are the staples to removing semi-permanent hair dye.
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You thought purple hair was really what was missing from your life, but now that the color has been in for a couple of days, you’re already through with it. The good news is that if you used semi-permanent hair dye, the color will naturally come out after about four to six washings. But if you want it gone stat, you’ll have to break out the baking soda to open up the hair cuticle so the color seeps out quicker.

Wash your with dandruff shampoo, which has a high pH level and will help strip the semi-permanent dye from your hair. Rinse the shampoo out of your hair well.

Mix together equal parts dandruff shampoo and baking soda into a bowl. Stir the two ingredients well with a spoon so they’re thoroughly combined.

Work the mixture of shampoo and baking soda into your hair, starting at your roots and massaging the mixture into your hair all the way down through the tips.

Leave the mixture in your hair for a couple of minutes. Rinse it out well.

Shampoo your hair again with dandruff shampoo. Let the shampoo sit in your hair for a couple of minutes before rinsing it out. Condition your hair as unusual.

  • Rinse any hair-dye stains from the tub or shower as soon as possible.
  • Be careful not to scald yourself with the hot water.
  • It may take a few washings with baking soda and shampoo to remove semi-permanent dye from your hair. Use the hottest water you can tolerate while washing your hair to further help lift the color out of your strands.

Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.