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How Long Does Semi Permanent Hair Dye Last?

So you have commitment issues? Or, maybe you’d just like to have the freedom to experiment with color?

It’s no secret that hair color has the ability to completely change our look. From bold and dynamic colors to muted and demure neutrals, semi permanent hair colors allow you to change your hair color with each season and test out new colors without the commitment! 

Sounds great, right? 

The only catch… it isn’t permanent. As the name would suggest, semi permanent hair color is not a permanent hair color solution. 

If that sounds like exactly what you’re looking for, you might be wondering: how long does semi permanent hair dye last?

The answer: it depends. 

The longevity of semi permanent hair color is determined greatly by your hair type, the product you use to color your hair, and the products you use to maintain it. 

Now, let’s get into some products and details you’ll want to consider before diving in and coloring your hair with a semi permanent hair dye! 

Semi Permanent Hair Dyes

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Semi permanent hair colors are super affordable! They can range from as low as $4 to $20, making them a great risk-free way to test out a new hair color. Before you choose a product, you’ll want to consider your desired hair color. While some brands cater towards bold and vibrant colors, other semi permanent hair colors focus on offering a solid lineup of natural shades. The current state of your hair is also essential to consider, as natural hair, dark hair, lightened hair, and gray hair will all require different products and see different results.

If you’re seeking a bold color like a fiery red, Adore semi permanent hair color gives you the freedom of expression you’re looking for, without the commitment. With 52 different shades to choose from, Adore offers an affordable semi permanent color solution. In general, Adore works best on natural hair and previously lightened hair.

Worried about coloring your gray or relaxed locks with a semi permanent hair dye? Clairol semi permanent hair color offers both a moisturizing solution with 15 shades and an advanced gray coverage solution with 9 shades that provide up to 50% gray coverage. For those seeking a natural semi permanent color, Clairol semi permanent hair color delivers exceptional results to processed hair, previously lightened hair, and gray hair.

Is Semi Permanent Hair Dye Damaging?

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The beauty of semi permanent hair dye lies in its ability to provide temporary color solutions without the damaging effects that are commonly associated with hair dye. While permanent hair colors use developers like ammonia or peroxide to deposit the color deep into the hair shaft, semi permanent hair colors work by simply applying color to the outermost layer of the hair shaft.

Now, because semi permanent hair color is only applied to the surface of your hair, it’s important to remember that it will wash out, but that’s the beauty of it! Free of both ammonia and peroxide, you’ll be able to experiment and experience a new hair color without the damaging effects of a permanent hair dye! Not only that, but moisturizing formulas like our Clairol semi permanent hair color are enriched with aloe vera, jojoba oil, and vitamin E that leave your hair radiant and shiny.

Take a break from the harsh and damaging chemicals found in permanent hair dyes and experiment with semi permanent hair dye! 

How Long Does Semi Permanent Hair Dye Last?

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Okay, we get it, you came here to find out how long semi permanent hair color lasts. But, the truth is that it varies greatly from product to product and from person to person. 

In general, products like our Adore semi permanent hair color last between three and four weeks, or approximately 20 washes. Of course, the more often you wash your hair, the faster the color will rinse out. Not only that, but your starting color will also greatly impact the longevity of your semi permanent hair color. Previously lightened hair will show bold and vibrant colors with greater intensity, allowing the semi permanent hair dye to appear to last longer. 

It’s important to understand when choosing a semi permanent hair dye that no two products are created equally. For example, our Clairol semi permanent hair color typically lasts between 4 and 8 shampoos, washing out significantly faster than Adore’s product. With each wash, you’ll notice the color slowly fading before eventually returning to your natural color.

How to Make Semi Permanent Hair Dye Last Longer

Let’s say you’ve fallen in love with your new hair color, you might be wondering: how can I make my semi permanent hair dye last longer? Of course, the obvious solution is to just dye your hair using a permanent color. But then again, opting for a permanent color means saying goodbye to all the benefits of semi permanent hair dye, namely vibrant and risk-free colors that aren’t damaging. 

So, here are two things you can do to prolong the longevity of your semi permanent hair color:

  1. Wash your hair less frequently! With each wash, you’re quite literally rinsing out the dye. Therefore, less frequent washing will extend the life of your color! 
  2. Wash your hair using cold water and a color safe shampoo. 

Color safe shampoos work to extend the life of your color by eliminating harsh chemicals that are known to make hair color fade! Not only that, but targeted color safe shampoos contain neutralizing ingredients that tone hair and maintain its color. 

We suggest shopping our Pravana Color Protect Shampoo or our Redken Color Extend Blondage Shampoo! Protect your semi permanent hair color and extend it’s life with high quality products from Optima Beauty.


Semi permanent hair dye is great for those looking to experiment with color. It’s the ultimate no-commitment hair color option. Delivering exceptional results and vibrant shades, semi permanent hair dyes allow you to take the salon home and test out a new look, risk-free! At Optima Beauty, our selection of semi permanent hair dyes includes bold colors and natural shades to suit every personality and style.

Benefit from gentle hair colors that are free of harsh chemicals like ammonia and peroxide.  With longevities ranging between 4 and 20 shampoos, you can choose how long you want your semi permanent hair color to last! Let the color fade naturally and test out a new color, or extend the life of your hair color with a color safe shampoo.

Shop our selection of semi permanent hair dyes and color safe shampoos today at Optima Beauty.