While semi-permanent hair day can be a great way to experiment with your hair color without commitment, you may be wondering: is semi-permanent hair dye damaging? Keep reading to learn more about semi-permanent color and how it affects your hair. Plus, we’ll share some solutions for colored damaged hair.
What is Semi-Permanent Hair Dye?
Semi-permanent – otherwise known as temporary – dye coats the outside of the hair shaft with color. Semi-permanent color eventually fades and usually lasts for four to six weeks. Semi-permanent color can be applied at home with an at-home kit or with the help of a hairstylist in a salon.
Since semi-permanent hair color does not alter the pigment of the hair, the color options are more limited than for other hair coloring techniques. Semi-permanent hair color can only be used to darken or alter the hue of your hair color. It cannot lighten hair color.
Does Semi-Permanent Hair Dye Damage Hair?
Since semi-permanent hair color just coats the outside of the hair, it generally does not cause any damage to the hair structure itself. Semi-permanent hair color does not penetrate the cortex of the hair, so it does not permanently alter your natural hair color or melanin. For this reason, semi-permanent hair dye is less damaging than permanent hair dye, especially when permanent hair dye is combined with bleach.
If you have color-damaged hair, however, your hair strand tends to be more porous. In this case, the semi-permanent hair color can penetrate the hair shaft and stain your hair. Thus, your semi-permanent, fun color might be more permanent than you had intended. If you have color-damaged hair or very light hair, proceed with caution when using semi-permanent hair color.
If you do have hair damage from over-styling or over-coloring, make sure to nourish your hair follicles with nutrients to strengthen hair and make it healthier. Add drug-free Viviscal Hair Growth† Supplements* to your daily routine.
When to Use Semi-Permanent Hair Color
Semi-permanent hair dye is great for a few situations:
1. Disguise Gray Roots
Are your roots showing? Root touch-up kits featuring semi-permanent hair color can quickly disguise grays so that you can feel more confident in between hair appointments.
2. Refresh Your Hair Color
You can also use semi-permanent hair color to refresh faded hair color. If you have an upcoming event and don’t have time to see your hair colorist, a box of temporary hair color might be the solution to dull-looking hair.
3. Have Fun with Your Color
If you want to experiment with a different hair shade without damaging your hair, semi-permanent hair dye could be the perfect solution. Fashion colors do show up better on lighter hair. But brunettes will be happy to learn that there are now new temporary hair dyes on the market that are specially formulated for dark hair.
Solutions for Color Damaged Hair
Although semi-permanent hair color usually does not directly damage hair, it’s also not a solution to repair color-damaged hair. Instead, here are a couple of ways to fix color-damaged hair.
1. Use a Conditioning Treatment for Dry Hair
Color-damaged hair is dry hair. To imbue dry hair with moisture and reduce that “fried” look, use a high-quality conditioner like Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Conditioner after every shampoo. The lightweight formula of Viviscal Conditioner nourishes strands without weighing them down, to make them look thicker and healthier.
Additionally, use a weekly moisturizing mask to further improve the condition of your hair. You can either purchase a mask or make your own by mixing 1 ripe avocado, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and 2 tablespoons of honey. Apply the mixture to clean, damp hair and allow it to sit for one hour before rinsing out with a gentle shampoo. Follow with conditioner.
2. Grow Out Color-Damaged Hair
Using a dry-hair conditioning treatment can certainly infuse some moisture into the hair and make it more manageable. But the only way to truly regain healthy hair is to grow out that color-damaged hair.
Take Viviscal Supplements* twice daily to provide your hair follicles all the vitamins and nutrients they need. It will take several months to see results – but it will be worth it!
Have you ever tried a semi-permanent hair color? Let us know in the comments!
†Existing hair growth