What color can you dye faded green hair? Find out here when to apply the new color

  • If your green dye has faded, you have two choices: Use a new, bright semi-permanent color or leave your hair blonde.
  • If you opt for a new, bright semi-permanent color, it’s always better to wait until the green has completely faded. And today, I’m going to tell you how to know if the color has completely faded and how to make it fade quicker.
  • Once the green dye is gone, you can use just about any color, from pastel colors like pink and light blue to more extreme colors like fuchsia and neon blue.


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It’s pretty incredible how much influence movie characters can have in hairstyles, from colors to hair cuts.

What do I mean by that?


The character the Joker played brilliantly by actor Joaquin Phoenix, made a bunch of young girls and boys want to dye their hair green.

But, of course, the green dye fades eventually, and when that happens, what should you do with your hair?


  • Do you want to use a new color and you’re not sure when to do it?
  • Have you decided which new color you want to dye your hair, now that all of your love for Joker has disappeared?


You probably already know that semi-permanent dyes fade as you wash them.

That means that the more your wash your hair, the quicker the green dye will go away. You can always speed up the fading process by using a dandruff shampoo.

But then, you face a life-altering decision: How will you know exactly when the dye has completely faded so you can use the new dye?


Don’t worry, you’ll laugh like the Joker today, because I’m going to tell you:

  • Why it’s a good idea to wait for the green dye to fade before using a new color
  • How to know if the green dye has completely faded
  • What color dye you should use once the green fades


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Why it’s a good idea to wait for the green dye to fade before using a new color

If you want to change your hair color, it’s a good idea to wait for the green to completely fade. Because that way, your hair fiber will be able to more easily absorb the pigments of the new color.

If your hair is a dark or intense green color, it won’t be able to absorb the pigments of your new color. As such, you won’t end up with a well-defined color in your hair.


 Although semi-permanent dyes don’t penetrate your hair fiber – instead they always deposit color on your hair surface – it’s still a good idea for your hair not to be covered in other pigments when you go to use a new color. 

Are you impatient with waiting for the green to completely disappear from your hair and your life?


If so, all you need to do is wash your hair more often, and if you can, it would be best to do it every day, because that will make the green disappear quicker.

Do you want to make the process even quicker?


All you need to do is use it on your hair, wait ten minutes, and rinse. You’ll see that after 3-4 washes, your hair will have lost its green color.


  • Another way of making the dye fade quicker is to add a tablespoon of baking soda to your regular shampoo since that’s a corrosive ingredient, but won’t generate any excessive damage to your hair.

What you’ll need to do is wash your hair with the mix of shampoo and baking soda, leave it in for 10 minutes, then rinse.

You should repeat that process two or three times to make the dye fade completely.


After you’ve gone through any of these processes, are you positive that the green dye has completely faded? I’ll tell you how to know for sure.


How to know if the green dye has completely faded

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All you need to do is take a very close look at your hair to know if the green dye has completely faded.

If you see areas or sections that are blonde, then the green dye has disappeared.


 Although you might still see areas of your hair that are light or pale green if your blonde already shines through, then there’s almost no dye left. You might even see a pale yellow color at your roots or even in parts of your ends. 


If you don’t trust your own two eyes or your power of observation, you can always consider the guidelines from the dye you originally used, which always give an estimate of how many washes the dye pigments will last.

There are brands of semi-permanent dye out there that last 20-25 washes, while others might only last 15-20 days. And, the least resistant might only last 8-10 washes.

That way, you’ll always know how long your green dye will last, depending on what the box says.


For example:

  • If you wash your hair twice a day and your semi-permanent dye lasts 20 washes, then your dye will fade in 10 days.
  • If you wash your hair once a day and your dye last 15 washes, then the green will have faded in two weeks.


Now, these guidelines only apply to normal hair in normal conditions of the product’s use. Well, really that means whatever the brand of your product considers being normal hair and normal conditions.

What are those conditions that, according to the brand, make your hair “normal?”


That your hair isn’t greasy or porous and that you wash it every 48 hours using shampoo in the same color as your dye.

 That’s why if your hair is greasy, the color will fade quicker and if your hair is dry and porous, the color will take longer to disappear.  


Once the color has faded, you can use the new color. What new color could you use?

I can imagine you’re quite impatient to find out, so let’s get into it.


What color dye should you use after the green has faded?

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In truth, you could use almost any color of dye.

There are just two colors that you need to leave out of your color palette: white and pearl gray because to use those colors, the green dye needs to have completely and totally disappeared.

Are you jumping for joy?


I’m sure you are because the palette of colors you can choose from is almost infinite.

Do you want to know more?


If you want to go for a youthful look:

  • Fuchsia
  • Bubble gum pink
  • Light purple


If you want a romantic look:

  • Pastel pink
  • Lilac
  • Pastel blue


If you want a more mysterious look:

  • Purple
  • Midnight blue
  • Fire red


If you want a more fun look:

  • Neon green
  • Neon yellow
  • Turquoise


Brands like Manic Panic, Arctic Fox, and Crazy color have color palettes with more than 60 options for you to choose from, so you’ll have no problem finding the one that best fits your style.



Sooner or later, the green dye will always fade, it will all depend on how often you wash your hair, and if your hair is greasy or porous.

You can use dandruff shampoo or baking soda to speed up the fading of the green color. And once the dye has faded, you can use a variety of new colors on your hair, or just leave it blonde.

Now you tell me: What color will you choose to replace your green?

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