What Color Does Burgundy Hair Dye Fade to? Two Things to Do With Faded Hair Color

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  • Burgundy is composed of two main colors: red and violet.
  • Because of this, burgundy hair dye fades to something in between violet and purple. 
  • Of course, exactly how your hair will look depends on the exact color and brand of dye that you used, because each brand uses different pigments.


At this point, you might be wondering how you can make your burgundy hair last longer.


Although reds are very tenacious colors, they lose their intensity quickly, so you have to carefully follow a beauty routine to keep your color.

If you use red shampoo, your color will last much longer.


Another factor that can influence how long your color lasts is the type of dye you used.

Burgundy red is available is a permanent and semi-permanent dye.

  • Permanent burgundy red dye lasts between three and five weeks before it starts to fade.
  • Semi-permanent burgundy red, on the other hand, starts to fade after four to six shampoos.[/su_list]


 Once it’s completely faded, you’ll have to dye your hair again, either with another burgundy red dye or a different color altogether. 

Remember, if you used a semi-permanent dye, you can use a permanent dye over it.

But you can’t apply a semi-permanent dye over a permanent dye.


If you try, the semi-permanent dye won’t cover the faded permanent dye.

It’s important to keep that point in mind when maintaining or changing your hair color.


  • Would you like to know how to help your burgundy hair last longer?
  • How about the best way to take care of hair dyed burgundy with permanent dye? What about semi-permanent dye?

Let’s get started!


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What Color Does Burgundy Hair Fade to?

As we said at the start of the article, burgundy hair fades to violet or purple.

It doesn’t matter if you used permanent or semi-permanent dye, they both fade to violet tones.

The only difference is that semi-permanent dye fades faster.

Are you curious why?


 Semi-permanent dye fades faster because it isn’t applied with developer or ammonia. 

Which makes the color fade faster than permanent dye.

While you can’t stop your hair color from fading, there are steps you can add to your beauty routine to slow down how fast it fades.


Did You Use A Semi-Permanent Burgundy Dye? Here’s How to Make it Last Longer

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Semi-permanent dyes are very popular because they are available in a wide variety of fantasy colors.

As to red tones, most brands have various shades from fire red to wine red, or burgundy.

Using semi-permanent dye comes with the advantage that you can change your hair color as often as you would like because these dyes do not use developer or ammonia.


Burgundy is one of my favorite colors, and whenever a client at the salon is thinking of dying her hair red, it’s the first color I offer.

It’s a red that looks good on all skin tones, from the palest to deepest shades.


 While I normally recommend a permanent dye, I do recommend a semi-permanent dye when the client isn’t sure she is ready for such a drastic change. 

This way, if the client doesn’t like the color after a few days, the semi-permanent dye will only last four to six washes.

It’s also great for women who like to change their hair color often.


That being said, most clients that choose a semi-permanent burgundy are back at the salon just a few weeks later, with faded hair color.

And they always have the same question: What can I do to make the color last longer?

Were you wondering the same thing?


It’s easy to do, and only requires a few changes to your beauty routine.

  • One option is to switch from a burgundy red semi-permanent dye to a burgundy red permanent dye. Because permanent dye is applied with ammonia and developer, it lasts longer.
  • Use a red shampoo. This type of shampoo deposits more pigment each time you wash your hair, which helps the color last longer.
  • Don’t wash your hair every day. Semi-permanent dye lasts between 4 and six shampoos. If you wash your hair every day, the color will fade in less than a week.
  • It’s also important to avoid hydrating masks, as these types of products contain abrasive chemicals that strip your hair of color. But you can hydrate your hair with coconut oil or argan oil, which are natural oils that leave your hair exceptionally soft and shiny.


If you follow these tips, it may take two to three weeks for your burgundy hair to fade, which greatly lengthens how long you can wait before you have to dye it again.


Did You Use a Permanent Burgundy Dye? How to Keep the Color As Long as Possible

Permanent dye lasts three to five weeks.

But that doesn’t mean that the color doesn’t fade.

The color will still fade, just like semi-permanent dye, but it will take longer.

This is because permanent dye is applied with 20-volume developer and ammonia, which fixes the pigment to the hair fiber.


 To help your permanent burgundy dye laster longer, you should wash your hair with red shampoo. 

This type of shampoo deposits color each time you wash your hair.

If you use a red shampoo, your color can last up to six or seven weeks, which means you won’t have to redo your color as often.


While out tips for taking care of burgundy red dye apply to all permanent dyes, there are a few differences.

  • Because permanent dye is applied with chemicals that fix it to your hair, you can use hydrating masks once per week.
  • And you can also use coconut or argan oil to deeply hydrate your hair.
  • Each time you wash your hair, use red shampoo to make your color more intense and shiny.


By following these tips, you’ll keep your color looking new longer, and it will not fade as fast.

Red tones are beautiful but difficult to maintain, but with these tips, you can do it.


So You Color Has Finally Faded. What Now?

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Semi-permanent Dye

When it’s time to redo your color, you can either apply a new semi-permanent burgundy dye or another color.

  • If you decide to change the color, you may need to bleach your hair beforehand, depending on the shade you choose.
  • If you choose light tones like pastel pink, yellow, or green, you'll have to bleach your hair.
  • If you choose a red, purple, or blue, on the other hand, you won't need to bleach your hair first.


Another option is to choose a permanent dye, in which case you won't need to bleach your hair unless you choose a light blond.

Just keep in mind that permanent dyes use peroxide and ammonia.


Permanent Dye

Once it's time to dye your hair again, you can apply another burgundy, or choose another color.

But be aware that red is not an easy color to remove.

To remove red hair dye, you'll have to use a clarifying shampoo and then bleach.


If you're considering a color like reddish-brown, deep brown, or chocolate,  it's not necessary to bleach your hair beforehand.

If you're thinking of a lighter shade such as blond or golden blond, on the other hand, you'll have to use a clarifying shampoo and bleach first.


  But what you can't -and shouldn't- do is apply a semi-permanent dye over a permanent dye.

Are you curious why?


Semi-permanent dyes won't cover the permanent dye, so you'll get color in between the two tones.

And as you wash your hair, strands with an uneven color will appear.

If you only remember one thing from this article, remember that. I've had to fix this problem in my salon many times, and it's very damaging to hair.



Burgundy Red is a unique color that looks good with on any skin type and age.

Ns matter what length or style, the beautiful burgundy curls will be the envy of all your friends.

It's just a matter of taking the leap and making the change.

What shade of burgundy would you choose?

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