You dyed your hair purple but at the moment it’s not something you fancy.
You’re over the purple hair and you want it silver.
If you tried dying your hair purple, but it came out read – read this post.
But right now, I’m going to tell you how to fade purple hair to silver without bleach.
Your hair has already undergone a lot of processing, so please only use Bleach as a last resort.
Purple hair dye actually fades quite fast, because the color molecules are quite large and do not actually penetrate the hair cortex easily as other colors.
This is why it’s very difficult to maintain lilac hair.
So fading purple hair dye is actually easier than other colors.
If you have used a semi-permanent dye, then you don’t require bleach. You just have to fade the color (using the methods I’ve listed below) and then apply a nice silver hair dye to get the color you want.
I will give you several tips in the order from least damaging to most, so please pick a method that works for you.
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Step 1: Use coconut oil
This method will fade the purple color to lavender or a lighter shade of purple – it will not take out the color completely.
This isn’t at all damaging so I highly recommend it.
First, apply coconut oil to your hair and leave it in for at least 2 hours.
You don’t need to leave it in for longer.
The coconut oil will get absorbed into your hair and mix with the color molecules, loosening the color molecules.
This will help the shampoo to remove the color molecules more easily.
Then soak your hair in shampoo and apply a plastic cap like this over it before warming it with a hairdryer.
The shampoo will help open the cuticles and the coconut oil and color molecules will come out when you rinse with the shampoo.
I’ll explain how to do this better.
Step 2: Wash your hair with an anti-dandruff shampoo or clarifying shampoo
Once the coconut oil is in your hair and has loosened a lot of the purple color molecules, you can go in with an anti-dandruff shampoo.
You can use a simple drugstore anti-dandruff shampoo like Pantene or Heads and Shoulders.
You can also use a clarifying shampoo.
These shampoos will loosen the color molecules and help the purple color bleed out.
It is actually quite effective and will take out a lot of color.
Here’s how you do it:
- Wet your hair completely
- Apply a little bit of clarifying shampoo or anti-dandruff shampoo to your hair and massage it in till it foams
- Cover it with a plastic cap and leave for 30 minutes
- Rinse it out with hot water
Most of the purple should be out and you should have very faded purple hair.
Now, wait a day and repeat the same process again – this should give you very silvery hair that is tinted purple.
Based on how dark the purple is, you will have to repeat this step 2-3 times.
But please give a day’s break between each wash so as to not overwhelm your hair or damage it.
Because shampoo can be very drying.
You can watch this video and see how she used coconut oil and washed it with an anti-dandruff shampoo and managed to fade her hair to a silvery tone before she bleached it and got it to become white.
How many times will you need to wash your hair with shampoo?
If your hair looks more like this (medium purple), then you will need to wash it about 1-2 times.
If your hair looks more like this (dark purple or violet), you will need to wash it more than 4 times to get the purple color to fade completely.
Now your hair should be a beautiful shade of silver or purple-tinted silver. If you have dark roots, you can leave it as is and get that nice ombre effect.
You can use a toner if the color is more yellow and you want to reduce the brassiness or use a purple shampoo to get the tone you’re looking for.
If you have used a permanent dye, then I would suggest going to a salon, because it is very hard to get the color out and you will need a professional to help you.
In the case of permanent dye, you will need to bleach your hair so I don’t recommend doing it at home.
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