How long to leave a clarifying shampoo in to remove hair dye?

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  • To strip the unwanted color of a semi-permanent hair dye, you should let the clarifying shampoo sit for up to 20 minutes. Use a regular clarifying or detox shampoo.
  • In the case of permanently-colored hair, let the clarifying shampoo sit for up to 30 minutes. Repeat after three days to gradually remove the permanent dye. In this case, use a clarifying shampoo for colored hair.
  • I’ll explain in detail how long to leave a clarifying shampoo in to remove hair dye.


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Tired of your hair color but don’t want to bleach it?


Well, first of all, congratulations!

Not many consider bleaching the damaging process it is.

I’m glad to see  you prioritize your hair health over striving for a change. 


I guess you’ve probably been researching various options, and it led you to clarifying shampoo to remove hair dye.

Can clarifying shampoo remove hair dye?


Yes.  However, removing permanent hair dye isn’t the same as removing semi-permanent hair dye. 

It’s because the pigments of the permanent hair dye are deposited on the inside of the hair, while those in semi-permanent dye sit onto the outer layer.


Therefore, you’ll need to use two different types of clarifying shampoos.

 And the time to leave them to remove the color will also be different. 

Are you surprised?


I knew it. Most people don’t know that there are two types of clarifying shampoos.

One is highly powered in removing both hair dye, residues, or particles.

So, my first question would be, what type of hair dye did you use?

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To strip semi-permanent hair dye, choose the regular clarifying or detox shampoo, and leave it on for up to 20 minutes

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It’s not necessary to use a higher-power formula in this case.

This clarifying shampoo removes chemical deposits and residues from the hair. So, it’s ideal for stripping semi-permanent hair color because its pigments don’t penetrate the hair core.

Being astringent, it removes the color film deposited by the semi-permanent hair dye. Then, your hair will go back to the color it had before dyeing.


Carifying shampoo is easy to apply in the shower. However, consider the following tips:

  • Avoid getting the clarifying shampoo in contact with your eyes.
  • Apply it evenly throughout your hair to remove the color.
  • Use the hottest water you can stand to help the dye fade even faster.
  • Condition your hair with an extra moisturizing product such as keratin or silk.


Step by step to strip semi-permanent hair dye with clarifying shampoo

  • Wet your hair with hot water during three minutes to open your cuticles.
  • Drain the excess water, and apply the shampoo to the lengths and ends.
  • Next, shampoo the roots and growth.
  • Once your hair is saturated with the clarifying shampoo, massage thoroughly.
  • Place a plastic cap over your head with all your hair inside and let it sit for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse with plenty of water.
  • Follow with a rich nourishing conditioner, and leave in for 5 minutes.
  • Rinse again.


The semi-permanent hair color will most likely be completely gone.

However, if there are still traces of color, wait at least a week to repeat the process.

Because while regular clarifying or detox shampoo is peroxide and developer free, it does contain some sulfates that can leave the hair feeling dry and frizzy.


To strip permanent hair dye, use a clarifying shampoo for color-treated hair, and leave it on for 30 minutes

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In this case, as the permanent dye penetrates into the core of the hair, you should use a high-formula clarifying shampoo with more astringent power. Also, leave it in for longer.

Thirty minutes will be enough for the first application. Why do I say the first application?


Because  you’ll most likely have to wash your colored hair several times with the clarifying shampoo to completely remove the color. 

But, be careful! You can’t use the clarifying shampoo for color-treated hair twice a day or for two days in a row.


Remember that I started the article by congratulating you for caring about your hair health.

If you overuse clarifying shampoo for color-treated hair, you’ll remove the color, but you’ll also dehydrate your hair. It’ll feel fragile and brittle.

This type of clarifying shampoo contains more sulfates and astringent properties than regular ones.

Therefore, I appeal to your patience and responsibility.

Although the clarifying shampoo will remove the dye, it will do it gradually. How to use it?


 My advice is to apply it twice a week and leave it on for a maximum of thirty minutes. 

In my experience, you’ll notice that the dye disappears after the third wash. So, take your time to remove it with the clarifying shampoo. After all, it’s not such a long time.


While you wait for the next wash, nourish your hair with a hydrating mask with keratin or hyaluronic acid to recover the hydration lost.

The application is the same for both types of hair color. However, if your hair color is permanent, you should leave the clarifying shampoo for colored hair in for 30 minutes instead of 20.



Removing hair dye with a clarifying shampoo is a less damaging option than bleaching. However, remember that your hair will always lose moisture.

If you want to remove semi-permanent hair color, leave the regular clarifying shampoo in for 20 minutes. Alternatively, to remove a permanent dye, you should use a clarifying shampoo for colored hair and leave it on for 30 minutes.

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