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Your Guide to Demi-Permanent Hair Color

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Your Guide to Demi-Permanent Hair Color Your Guide to Demi-Permanent Hair Color Your Guide to Demi-Permanent Hair Color

If you’re a hair color fanatic, you likely know that you have way more than one option when it comes to different types of hair dye. And while semi-permanent and permanent hair dyes are likely the more popular options you’re aware of, alternatives like henna hair dye and demi permanent hair dye may be on your radar, too. Speaking of the latter, if you’re wondering what demi-permanent hair color is, we’re here to fill you in. Keeping reading for your guide to demi-permanent hair color—from what it is to who should use it!


What, exactly, is demi-permanent hair color? By now, you probably know that semi-permanent hair dye is an ammonia-free, temporary hair color option that coats your strands whereas permanent hair dye contains ammonia and can penetrate your strands, allowing for longer-lasting color. Demi-permanent hair dye falls right in between semi-permanent and permanent hair dye. The dye typically has an ammonia-free formula that contains a developer, allowing it to penetrate under the outer cuticle of your hair. This helps the color last longer than semi-permanent alternatives, but not as long as permanent hair color since it doesn’t fully penetrate the hair shaft. Typically, demi-permanent hair dye lasts up to 24 shampoos.

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Wondering who should use demi-permanent hair color based on their hair needs? Below, find a few reasons it may be worth opting for a demi-permanent hair color over other types of hair dye.

Use a demi-permanent hair dye if…you want to try one of the latest hair color trends. Oftentimes, we find ourselves scrolling through endless pins on Pinterest trying to determine the perfect new hue to color our mane. If you’re torn between options, using a demi-permanent hair dye will give you the freedom to try more than one hair color—after 24 shampoos, that is. Consider it the optimal solution if you crave a mane makeover on a month-by-month basis.

Use a demi-permanent hair dye if…you’re on the fence about a new hair color. Aside from having the freedom to try a different shade each month, a demi-permanent hair color is ideal for those who aren’t quite sure if they want to commit to a new ‘do. The color will last longer than its semi-permanent alternative, allowing you to get a better feel for if you want to color your locks permanently. If you decide the hue isn’t for you, no worries! After around 24 shampoos, you’ll be back to your starting hair color sans damage.

Use a demi-permanent hair dye if…your hair is in need of a boost. If your hair is looking a little lackluster, a demi-permanent hair dye is an easy way to give your mane a refresh. Use one in a shade that’s close to your natural hair color to infuse your strands with life.

Use a demi-permanent hair dye if…you don’t want to damage your hair. Since demi-permanent hair color, like semi-permanent, doesn’t contain ammonia, it won’t cause damage like other hair color options might. This is an ideal option for those who wish to color their strands, but also have the need for some TLC.

Use a demi-permanent hair dye if…you want to go darker. Demi-permanent hair dye won’t lighten your hair, as it doesn’t contain hydrogen peroxide or bleach in its formula. On the flip side, if you want to go darker, demi-permanent hair dye is a great option!

Next up: Consider yourself even more of a low-commitment person when it comes to hair color? Wash-out hair color will be your best friend. Check out our articles, How to Use Hair Makeup for a Temporary Mane Makeover and How to Use a Temporary Hair Color Spray, to learn more.