Does silver hair fade back to blonde? Yes, do this when that happens

silver hair color fades to platinum blonde

  • Silver hair fades back to blonde after some washes because silver pigments, like the pigments in pastel hair dyes, are quite weak.
  • So, silver hair will usually fade back to blonde even if you use semi-permanent or permanent silver hair dye.
  • Shampoo your hair every few washes with a purple-based color-correcting shampoo to keep the silver color longer.
  • Alternatively, if your hair still looks quite silver, but you want it back to blonde again, you can use an anti-dandruff shampoo to fade the silver shades.


Some hair colors make a style statement.

Colors like silver or pastels don’t go unnoticed.

However, their maintenance is far from easy. Unfortunately, I have to be honest with you.


If you dye your hair silver, chances are you’ve bleached it as light as possible.


For the first few days, maybe even up to the first two weeks, the silver shade is vibrant and all over your mane.


 However, after several washes, the silver will start to fade back to the original color.  That is, a super light blonde.


That will happen regardless of the hair dye you used, whether it was semi-permanent or permanent.

It happens because silver pigments are weak.


Faced with this situation, you have two ways:

  • Keep showing off your silver hair with regular at-home toning with purple shampoo or masks.
  • Remove the silver residue by using an anti-dandruff shampoo.


Let’s take an in-depth look at each of these options.

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If your hair still looks quite silver after a few washes, use an anti-dandruff shampoo

to remove silver hair dye

Many of my clients get tired because silver hair requires more than its fair share of maintenance. After the first few days with their silver shining, they start to miss their old blonde hair.

Sometimes, the silver shade doesn’t fade evenly.

What can you do to remove the silver from your hair and fade it back to blonde again?


 You can use an anti-dandruff shampoo. It contains a higher amount of detergents, which are corrosive to the color. 

My advice is to use it once.

Wash your hair with the anti-dandruff shampoo as you’d regularly do. Lather and massage.

After rinsing out the shampoo, let your hair air dry and look at it.

Is there any silver left?


Wait for three days and repeat.

At this point, your hair will most likely be silver-free and, finally, blonde.


Now it’s time to moisturize your hair to recover nutrition and vitamins because anti-dandruff shampoo dries out your hair.

You can apply a hydrating product that offers lots of moisture to nourish your hair. You can even opt for coconut or olive oil.


If you want to extend the silver shining, your best option is a purple shampoo or masks

washing hair with purple shampoo

Of course, you could also apply a silver hair dye. However, I wouldn’t advise it because you should wait at least two weeks.


Permanent hair dye contains harsh chemicals for your hair.

Both the developer and the ammonia are very aggressive ingredients to hair. That’s why permanent dyes are applied every four to five weeks. Therefore, a silver permanent hair color every two weeks is careless for your hair.

And you’ll be thinking, “What if I use a semi-permanent hair dye?”


 That would also be crazy. Although they contain fewer chemicals than permanent dyes, excessive use weakens the outer structure of the hair. 

So, what’s the solution at your fingertips?


You need to tone your hair with a product that neutralizes yellow or orange undertones that appear when the silver fades.

Neutralization works with the laws of color. They say that any color that sits directly opposite another color on the color wheel will neutralize or cancel out that color. Therefore, to neutralize blonde or yellow, you must use purple.

Where will you find purple?


 In purple-tinted shampoos and masks. 

Every time you wash your silver hair, you’ll add purple pigments to your hair to keep the silver color away from the yellow undertones.

Even when the hair dye has faded back!


Both permanent and semi-permanent silver hair dye has a mixture of blue and purple pigments.

If you wash your hair with purple-tinting shampoo and use purple moisturizing masks, the silver shade will last for even months without the need to touch it up.


 Purple shampoos and masks work in the same way as semi-permanent hair dyes.  They create a film of pigment that is deposited on your hair. It gradually removes the blonde tone and prevents it from reappearing.

This means that every time you wash your hair, you’ll add purple pigment and your silver color will last longer.


How to use purple shampoo on silver hair

toning blonde hair

  • Wet your hair as usual
  • Apply the purple shampoo from roots to ends and massage.
  • Leave it on for 5 to 7 minutes
  • Rinse only with water


  You should use the purple shampoo at least once a week to maintain your silver color. 

Now, what if the silver has faded too much? In that case, I recommend using a purple mask.


How to apply purple masks

  • On damp hair, apply the mask from roots to ends.
  • Cover each section of your hair.
  • Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Rinse thoroughly until the water runs clear.


Masks can be used once or twice a week to maintain hair color tones perfectly. If you apply it more often, you run the risk to deposit too much pigment onto your hair.

This mask is ideal to apply once a week if your silver is faded, and once every two weeks if you still have hair dye traces in your mane.



When the silver dye fades, your blonde base color will start to appear.

You can remove that silver residue with an anti-dandruff shampoo.

Instead, if you want to extend the duration of the silver shade, use purple shampoo and masks as suggested.

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