How Long Does Hair Dye Last?

If you had bought any kind of hair color product on the market, one of the questions that instantly come to your mind is, “How long will this amazing color last?” It’s one thing for the product to do the job it’s advertised for and it’s another for the results to last as long as you want.

These two things are not automatically related and the sad reality for a lot of people is that they have to keep using the same product over and over to make the hair dye last. It turns out that if they had only done their homework about hair dye color and durability, they would have picked a different product.

By using the right product their type of hair, their day can save quite a bit of money and time later on. So how exactly do you make this informed decision? Well first, you have to start with the four factors that impact the duration of the hair-coloring product that you bought.

Factor #1 – Hair color type

You have to start with the type of product that you buy some products are advertised as permanent hair color which means that the dye will stay on your hair for as long as your hair grows. In other words, the hair that you treated will remain permanently colored by the product but the color is not going to stay the same. Why? The treated areas may be colored but your natural hair color will come out as your hair grows out from the roots.

It depends on your hair growth rate because different people with different hair types, diets, health and lifestyle have different hair growth rates. There is no one size fits all answer that would apply to everybody. It all depends on how long it takes for your natural hair to grow out.

Semi-permanent hair color type

This type of product does not need an activating agent, instead, it coats your hair in large areas because of its pigment ingredients. However, it isn’t permanent, so if you keep shampooing and cleaning your hair the color will eventually disappear and the pigment on the surface of your hair will wash out which will typically take about 8-15 hair washings and shampoo applications. Depending on the product, this can last a long time because some semi-permanent haircare products can actually last as much as 28 shampoos.

Demi-permanent hair color

This type of product lasts a little bit shorter than the semi-permanent hair color and it doesn’t cause much damage to your hair as much as the permanent hair color. The downside with permanent hair color is that it covers your hair permanently and it prevents your, your hair from breathing so
the longer it covers your hair, the more brittle and damaged hair becomes. Demi-permanent hair color is only intended to partially penetrate your hair.

It has a lower pigmentation and it can wash out much sooner than 8-15 shampoos of semi-permanent hair color.

Temporary hair color

This product category is intended for colors that are very bright like green, pink, blue and other novel novelty colors. The idea is to color your hair for an event to make an impact and then easily wash off the color the next day. Temporary hair-coloring products are intended to last maybe up to a
week. A lot of the products in this category are easily washable as if they don’t take much water to wash out because they only paint a very thin layer of the of your hair. In fact, in many cases, it just rests on your hair.

Factor #2 – Your hair color and your dye color

It’s important to keep in mind these two things, first, the more pigment that is present in your hair color, the longer it will last and the darker the color, the more durable it is. Put simply, if you are dyeing your hair blonde, this is not going to last as if you would have dyed hair brunette

Factor #3 – Your hair’s condition before you dye it

Pay close attention to the pre-color or pre-dye condition of your hair. The less healthy your hair is, the faster its color will fade. This is due to the fact that damaged hair tends to be more porous because there are tiny holes in the surface of the hair and when color is applied, it just covers the holes and then the holes allow the color to leak out.

Factor #4 Environmental considerations

After you’ve colored your hair, please understand that the external conditions surrounding your hair play a big role in how long the color will last. If you wash or shampoo a lot, this can wash out the color of your hair much faster. Also, if you use shampoos that are not pH balanced, this can get in
the way of the chemical balance of the hair-coloring dye that you used and break down the product on the surface of your hair. In other words, the harsher your shampoo is, the sooner the color will wash off your hair.

Moreover, pay attention to the temperature of the water that you use with the shampoo to wash your hair. If you tend to take hot showers and rinse off your hair at high temperatures, this increases the chances of the hair color on the surface of your hair leak out. Another environmental factor is your
daily activity.

Do you spend a lot of time in the open air where there’s a lot of sunlight? This can be an issue because when exposed to sunlight, your outermost surface of your colored hair might form free radicals due to the light of the sun which contributes to the overall fading of your hair’s

Please note that this happens on a molecular level. It is that fundamental because when exposed to the sun, the light pulls away electrons from the surface pigment molecules in your hair. Finally, if you heat your hair, your cuticles might leak color pigments because of the exposure from the high

Pay close attention to the four factors listed above and please understand that hair dye duration doesn’t just depend on time, some circumstances can dramatically reduce its duration.

With all of the above said, it’s important to be proactive in maximizing the length that color dye stays on your hair. But there is one complication: It has to look good too. It’s one thing to keep your hair dyed for a long time, but if it’s uneven or looks bad or some parts of it become brassy there is no point for dragging things out. You are better off re-dyeing your mane.

The key is to extend your hair dye and have it look good too. This is not a simple case of duration for the sake of duration. You want to look good over the long haul. The following tips will enable you to make your hair color lasts longer while preserving its overall quality.

Wash Your Hair Less Frequently


You cannot get too crazy with this tip because if you go to the other extreme and decide to wash your hair only once a week, you are probably going to create more problems than you are solving.

It’s one thing to preserve your dye color for several weeks longer than normal, it’s another for oil to start building in your scalp because you do not wash your hair as frequently as you should. Too much oil in the scalp can throw off track the moisture and nourishment level of the scalp.

That great hair color you have may not be worth getting dandruff or skin irritation or scalp itchiness. You have to strike a good balance between washing your hair frequently and preserving your hair color.

The good news is there is a workable compromise in the form of dry shampoo. This shampoo doesn’t involve washing. You just put it on your hair and scalp and the vitamins and nutrients in the shampoo will be absorbed.

It is neither sticky nor greasy so you get the best of both worlds. You don’t subject your hair to a lot of water which can wash out your hair color while at the same time you use a product that can clean your scalp and deliver much-needed vitamins and nutrients to where they are needed.

Try Pre-Shampoo Treatments

After you’ve gotten your hair colored, you might want to try a pre-shampoo treatment. Hair coloring can lead to damage, but the good news is by quickly following up with a pre-shampoo treatment, you can head off some of the damage that is sure to happen.

One good product is the Olaplex Hair Perfector. This product is formulated specially to make sure that your hair resists breakage, reduce frizz, and to strengthen your hair. You will have healthier hair strands that can keep more of the color that you’ve applied to your hair.

The key is by boosting your hair’s health without overwashing it, you get the best of both worlds. You prevent your hair color from fading while taking good care of your hair so that it doesn’t get brittle, frizzy, or dull.

Experiment With the Right Shampoo

You may have been using the same shampoo forever. You might be thinking that the shampoo you are using does not put stress or strain on your hair and boosts its overall health. That is all well and good, but if you have colored hair you need to experiment with another shampoo. Your current one might not be up for the job.

The key is to get a balance between maintaining a healthy mane and preserving the color of your hair. You can create tension between the two if you use the wrong product because it makes you choose one over the other. Good shampoos boost the overall health of your hair so that it can retain color longer. It does not work against the hair color. Instead, it preserves the color while at the same time laying down the right conditions for your hair color to stay for a longer time.

With the right shampoo, you create a win-win situation. But to get to that point, you have to experiment with many shampoo products with different formulations. As you know, there are so many shampoos in the market that it can get confusing. The key is to be open-minded and experiment with many different products until you get the formula that delivers the outcome you’re looking for.

Consider Using Toning Shampoos Like Blue or Purple Shampoo

Depending on your hair color, you might want to consider toning shampoos. These shampoos have specialized pigments that counteract brassiness. If you are not careful, your hair color can turn reddish-orange. You don’t want to look like a clown. Unfortunately, that can happen if you wash your hair too frequently. You get this red-orange look, and if you’re blond, your hair can turn straw yellow.

This is not good because these colors and hues are unattractive. The key is to use toning shampoos along with the right conditioners and main shampoos to boost your hair’s health while prolonging the duration of your hair dye. Of course, this is not a perfect solution but it can add a few weeks, if not months, to your hair’s color.

Try A Once-A-Week Deep Conditioning Session

If you use a hydrating hair mask to condition your scalp and deliver tender care to your hair’s roots and scalp, you might boost your hair’s overall health that can lead to retention of hair color for a longer period.

Again, the premise is the healthier your hair, the better it’ll look. It also helps if you stay away from high-heat styling tools which can make your hair frizzy and mess with its color. You have to be proactive in how you work with your hair using different styling tools and equipment.