Semi-Perm Hair color Frequently Asked Questions
We've noticed that we tend to get Emailed about the same semi-perm hair color questions over and over again. So here's list of the most frequently asked questions, and our answers, about semi-perm hair dye.
NOTE: These questions are answered from our extensive experience and from the experience of the many customers and friends we've talked to about semi-perm hair colors. We're not professionals, please consult a professional if you need really hard core educated advice.
- How long will the colors last on my hair?
- It's not possible to accurately determine how long a color will last on each person's hair - it depends on how damaged your hair is, the starting color of your hair, and how bright/dark of a color you're using. Semi-permanent hair dyes are like cellophane - and the lighter your starting hair color the brighter the resulting color. So, picture putting easter basket cellophane over your hair in a color when you check the colors above. If you put blue on blonde hair, you'll get green. If you put green over brown hair you'll get 'ugh'. Generally semi-perm hair dyes will last 4-6 weeks and may not rinse completely out of bleached or light hair.
- How do I remove any run off/staining from my skin/bedlinens/sink/shower?
- Dyes run off and stain, which is great because that's how they color your hair! Before you dye moisturize any dry skin very well and slather vasoline around your hairline, neck, front of the neck, back of your neck, ears (lots!) etc. It's better to have to get vasoline off then have a blue neck! If you're in an emergency-dyed-skin situation, you can use rubbing alcohol to remove dye from your skin. To remove from your sink/shower, use a really really good scrubbing bubbles type of detergent. I mean, the more detergenty the better. You can also use a powdered scrub (like comet or bon ami) to remove it. Sparks Color recommends rinsing off dye in your sink rather than your shower if you can. For pillowcases, I recommend falling in love with Black. =)
- How light can a Semi-perm color make my hair?
- Semi-perm colors do not lighten hair. Only a hair color that contains peroxide or a bleach can lighten hair.
Think of a semi-perm color as cellophane, generally it just darkens whatever's underneath or adds vibrant color, but doesn't lighten (yellow cellophane and other bright opaque colors do not figure into this analogy)
- I've bleached/streaked/colored my hair, how long will this take to rinse out?
- Like the above lasting question, it's anyone's guess. But the more chemical treatment your hair has been through, generally the longer the color will last.
Sometimes you will find that your hair is so damaged that color *doesn't* stick well in your hair. In that case, you will need to grab something from a beauty supply called porosity control, or Porofill. This gives semi-perm dye something to 'stick to' and will improve your results if your hair is too damaged to take in color well.
- I'm kind of done with this semi-perm hair dye, how to I remove it?
- Get a good clarifying shampoo. Shampoo with it 3 times in the shower. Then shampoo with it, leave it on your hair and once you're out of the shower, put a plastic hair processing cap on it. Use blowdryer heat until you're really tired of a super hot head. This is the best way, even better many times then bleaching, of removing semi-permanent hair dye from your hair.
- What are the Special Effects dye ingredients?
- Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Benzyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Mixes of Dyes, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
- What are the Sparks dye ingredients?
- Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Lanolyn Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzeed Keratin, Ethyl Ester of Hydrolyzed Silk, Sodium Sulfite, Simethicone, EDTA, Fragrance. May Contain Basic Blue 1, Basic Red 22, Basic Orange 1, Basic Violet 1, Basic Yellow 57, Basic Green 4, Yellow 87, Orange 31, Violet 14.
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