Developer and Shampoo to Remove Hair Dye: does it really work?

without ruining the hair

  • Yes, you can use a mixture of shampoo and developer to remove semi-permanent hair dye traces.
  • It also fades the color of a permanent hair dye.
  • To prepare the mixture, you should choose a shampoo with moisturizing ingredients, to minimize the damage that the developer could cause to the hair.


  • Also, you must consider the developer strength you’ll use. To remove the remains of a semi-permanent hair dye, a 20-volume developer will be enough.
  • You need to use a 30-volume developer to fade a permanent hair dye. Then, apply a new color.


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As a stylist, I feel I’m being asked to answer a tricky question.

Do you know what a tricky question is?


It’s a question that tries to embarrass the respondent.



Because there isn’t a universal answer for that type of questions

First, because  homemade mixtures that can damage hair aren’t my favorites. .

Second, because I never know about the hair of the person that’s reading this.


So, as a first step, before using a shampoo and developer mixture on your hair to remove a hair dye, check the condition of your hair.

I insist. First, evaluate the condition of your hair,  especially if you plan to remove the hair dye without the supervision of a professional. 

How to evaluate the condition of your hair?


  • If  you don’t lose a considerable amount of hair when you bathe or brush your hair
  • your ends don’t look split
  • your hair is soft to the touch and easy to untangle
  • and if you don’t have frizz, your hair is healthy


Then, we can move on to the next phase. What hair color type did you apply to your hair? What do you want to achieve removing the color?

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  • If you applied semi-permanent hair color, you already know that it’ll fade with washing.

So, if you wash your hair twice a week, you can wash it four times a week for the dye to fade faster. And you can also use an anti-dandruff shampoo to speed up the process.

In other words,  you don’t need to expose your hair to the action of the developer. 


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  • If you applied permanent hair dye, you should know that the only option to remove the color is bleaching.


If you want to fade a permanent hair dye because it’s too dark, you can use a shampoo and developer mixture.

Be careful: your hair will get lighter because you have to use a 30-volume developer, and it has a strong lightening power.

Most likely, when you finish using the shampoo and developer mixture, your color will be uneven.

In other words, immediately after you remove the color, you’ll have to dye it.  I’m not going to lie to you. Your hair will be very dehydrated. 


Yes, I know. I’d also like to tell you that miracle mixtures exist. You can use them as you please. However, professional ethics prevent me from doing so.

Instead, I’d rather help you think about whether you really need to use a shampoo and developer mixture to remove the hair dye.


 If, after knowing all the details, you decide to go ahead, I’ll guide you to prevent hair damage.   In the end, you’re the one who decides about your hair.


However, remember something. When we talk about a developer, we are talking about a chemical. It may seem like a very harmless liquid in the bottle, but it can do a lot of damage to your hair,

Do you think it’s worth using a mixture of shampoo and peroxide to remove the color?


Then read on because I’ll guide you through how to make sure your hair suffers as little damage as possible.

  • How to use the shampoo and developer mixture to remove semi-permanent hair dye
  • How to use a shampoo and developer mix to remove permanent hair color

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How to use shampoo and developer mix to remove semi-permanent hair color

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When would I use this shampoo and developer mix?


I’d use it if my hair was colored with a semi-permanent hair dye and if some pigments persist after many washes.

Usually, some traces may remain even if it fades. It may be more or less, depending on the hair dye color.

So, you can use this mixture if you want to remove those hair dye traces.


 Remember you must use a moisturizing shampoo to protect your hair. .

The developer is a corrosive chemical agent that can break your cuticles and deeply dry your hair fiber. That’s what I helped you think a few moments ago, remember?


What are the best moisturizing shampoos? You can find several alternatives. Best of all, they’re quite affordable.

  • Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo
  • Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo
  • L’Oreal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Shampoo
  • Moroccanoil Shampoo
  • Tigi Bed Head Resurrection Shampoo

They’ll give you an extra amount of hydration due to their high-quality ingredients.


What do you need?


Preparation and application:

  • In the empty shampoo bottle, mix 250 ml of moisturizing shampoo and 250 ml of developer.
  • Shake well to mix.  The mixture should be homogeneous to make sure it’ll be even. 
  • Wet your hair and apply a large amount of the mixture. If you use it in the shower, take all precautions to avoid it contacting your eyes, as it can be very irritating.
  • Leave the mixture on for 10 to 20 minutes, massaging every 5 minutes.
  • Rinse with plenty of water without leaving any residue of the mixture.
  • Apply conditioner and leave it on for 5 minutes.
  • Rinse and dry.


  If you still have traces of the semi-permanent hair dye, you should wait at least 15 days to reapply the lightening shampoo. .

Remember that this mixture will dry out your hair. So, after using it, you should carry out an intensive moisturizing treatment.


How to use the shampoo and developer mixture to remove permanent hair dye

Here things get a bit more serious. In this case, you’ll need to use a 30-volume developer. It has a significantly stronger lightening power than a 20-volume developer does. Therefore, it can be more damaging to the hair.


Also,  the 30-volume developer will not only remove traces of your permanent hair dye but it’ll also lighten some shades of your base color. .

So, in what cases can you use this 30-volume shampoo and developer mix?


If you want to wear out the permanent hair dye to apply a new color.

Remember that your color will change when you apply this homemade lightening shampoo.


It won’t be completely gone. Most likely, it won’t be an even color on your hair. That’s why  I recommend that you already have the new hair dye on hand to apply it to your hair immediately. 


  • Mix 250 ml of 30-volume developer and 250 ml of moisturizing shampoo in an empty plastic container. Apply the mixture to wet hair.
  • Leave the mixture on for 10 to 15 minutes, massaging every five minutes.
  • Rinse with plenty of water to remove all traces of the mixture and apply conditioner for 10 minutes.
  • Finally rinse.


What if the mixture didn’t remove the hair dye to apply the new color?


 You should wait at least three weeks, because the 30-volume developer can deeply damage your hair. .

It’s always a good idea to moisturize your hair with leave-in repair oils. Also, use coconut oil on mid-lengths and lengths to moisturize your ends to prevent dryness and breakage.



The only alternative to remove permanent hair color is bleaching.

To use a mixture of shampoo and developer, always evaluate the condition of your hair.

  • If your hair is healthy and you want to remove traces of semi-permanent hair color, use the 20-volume shampoo and developer mixture.
  • If you want to remove a permanent hair dye to apply a new color, use a 30-volume shampoo and developer mix.


Remember that in both cases, you must use a moisturizing shampoo to make the mixture.

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