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How to Remove Temporary or Semi-Permanent Hair Color

Used a temporary formula that’s not so “temporary” after all? Looking to switch up your look? Here’s how to safely remove an unwanted shade and transition hair colors like a pro.

Hair regrets. We’ve all been there. Impulse colored your hair after a bad break-up? Went Joker green for Halloween but now it’s Monday and you’re getting a spooky feeling that “temporary” hue is here to stay? Fear not. Patience, persistence, and the right products will get you on your way to aa clean slate in no time. Here’s what you need to know.

CLARIFY. Step one is removing a temporary or semi-permanent color is selecting a highly effective clarifying shampoo such as The Fader. Work the clarifying shampoo into your strands and scalp (a scalp massager can help with this!) and work it into a rich layer. Repeat if needed. After several shampoos — and depending on the color — you should see a high degree of fading. If your unwanted color was a pastel or lighter shade to begin with, the clarifying step may be enough for complete color removal. Check out the real-life 5-wash fade experience from a real oVertone user.

TONE. Once your color has faded to pastel shade, a toner will be essential for canceling out the remnants of your unwanted shade. For yellow hues use a Purple Hair Toner, for orange tones use Blue Hair Toner, for green/teal tones use a Pink Hair Toner, and for Pink/Red Tones use a Green Hair Toner. Apply to dry hair for 3-5 minutes and rinse. Repeat as needed. Still need help selecting a toner? Check out this blog: How To Choose The Right Toning Conditioner For Your Hair

CALL IN A PROFESSIONAL. If clarifying and toning aren’t budging your color, it’s time to tap in an expert. Some methods like bleaching may cause the pigment to drive further into the hair cuticle, making it even more difficult to remove. Make an appointment with a stylist if you’ve tried clarifying and toning at home. Check out these pro hair color removal tips, or share them with your stylist.


Want to learn more about The Fader Clarifying Shampoo and how it works? Read on for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions!

What is The Fader Shampoo?

Great question. It’s the first and only clarifying shampoo created to help you gently fade your semi-permanent shade every time you wash.

The Fader Shampoo gently fades your semi-permanent shade while deeply cleaning your hair and scalp. We recommend using it when you’re transitioning shades (think shifting back to your natural hue or going from blue to purple)!

How do I use it?

  1. Wet hair thoroughly and lather a quarter-sized amount between palms. 
  2. Lather through sections of the hair where color removal is desired, making sure to work The Fader Shampoo evenly from roots to ends for best results. 
  3. Let shampoo sit for about a minute. 
  4. Rinse thoroughly. 
  5. Follow up with a Coloring Conditioner or a conditioning treatment like The Remedy for maximum hydration.

How long will it take to fade my shade?

It depends. Results will vary based on your current shade and hair porosity. Certain colors fade faster than others. You’ll see faster results with cooler shades and For Brown Hair hues.

Yes! The Fader is formulated with vegan and cruelty-free ingredients to gently clean and nourish hair and scalp.

While The Fader can also be used on hair colored with other products, we can’t speak to how quickly or how much it will fade the color since our shampoo was designed with oVertone semi-permanent color in mind specifically.

What makes The Fader Shampoo different?

The Fader Shampoo isn’t like other clarifying shampoos for a few reasons.

1. It gradually fades color while gently deep cleaning your hair and scalp.

2. It’s formulated with plant-based cleansers and hair-healthy ingredients that replenish moisture, promote hair growth, and prevent unnecessary damage.

Get the full list of ingredients here.

Can I use this every day?

The Fader Shampoo was created to be gentle on all hair types but it is a clarifying shampoo, which means dryness can occur when overused. We recommend that you use it only when you’re transitioning shades (or shifting back to your natural hue) and to always follow The Fader with a high-quality conditioner or conditioning mask like The Remedy to replenish tresses and add moisture.

Learn more about The Remedy.

Is The Fader Shampoo kid-safe?

The Fader Shampoo is suitable for kids. However, we do recommend supervising younger children to help ensure even results and safe, proper use.

Yes, our Toning Conditioners contain semi-permanent colors which can be faded with The Fader Shampoo.

Can I use The Fader Shampoo after bleaching my hair?

We recommend waiting about 2 weeks before using The Fader Shampoo (or any other shampoo) on freshly-bleached hair. Like most clarifying shampoos, the Fader will remove any hair dye or deposit on the hair, so it may cause any post-bleach toner you’ve used to fade. Also, it’s no secret that bleaching dries out your strands, so we recommend not shampooing your hair every day to maintain natural oils to help with dryness. Bleached hair in particular can benefit from deep conditioning, so following The Fader with the Remedy or The Remedy for Fine Hair is highly recommended.

Will I need to tone my hair after?

It’s always a great idea to start with a neutral base. If you’re going to tone, be sure to follow up with one of our Toning Conditioners to balance out unwanted warmth or coolness  before applying your next shade. 

Need help selecting the right Toning Conditioner? Read this.

Absolutely! The Fader Shampoo is great for all hair textures. It’s free of silicone, parabens, and ammonia and formulated with nourishing, plant-based ingredients that are 100% curly-hair friendly.

Does The Fader Shampoo work on wigs and extensions?

You bet. Just apply to desired sections and lather The Fader Shampoo through the hair, working from roots to ends for even color removal. Results will vary.

Is The Fader Shampoo ok to use on relaxed hair?

Just to be safe, we recommend speaking to your hair professional first.

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One comment on “How to Remove Temporary or Semi-Permanent Hair Color”

  • Tiffany says:

    Does it REALLY fade blue? Blue stains hair so badly, will this shampoo fade it so that another shade is possible?

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