How to fade purple hair to silver (based on the dye you used)

fade purple hair to gray

  • In order to fade purple hair to silver, it’s important to keep in mind the kind of purple dye you used because that can make the difference between healthy hair and damaged hair.
  • If you used semi-permanent purple dye, it’s going to be much easier because all you need to do is wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo and then use a silver dye.
  • If you used a permanent purple dye, then you’ll need to bleach your hair then use a silver dye. If you don’t have experience with hair coloring, then I’d recommend visiting a salon to change your hair color. I’ll tell you why soon.


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 Did you dye your hair purple, get tired of the color and now you want to know how to get perfect silver hair? 


You’re in the right place because today I’m going to tell you how to fade purple hair to silver based on the kind of dye you used originally.

Why does it matter what kind of dye you used?


Because that’s what a professional hair colorist would have in mind since  fading a permanent purple dye isn’t the same as fading a semi-permanent purple dye. 


And the reason is simple.

In order to get to the gray color you want, you’ll have to go through entirely different processes.


woman in nature thinking about going from purple hair to silver

 And one of these processes can damage your hair so much that you won’t be able to dye it silver. 

So, the question is, are you ready to fade your purple hair to silver without hurting your hair?


If so, then keep reading because I’ll tell you how to do it without putting your hair’s health at risk.

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In order to fade semi-permanent purple dye to silver, wash your hair with clarifying shampoo

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Yes, you’re lucky because semi-permanent dye fades as you wash it since the pigments in this dye deposit in the external layer of your hair.

And if  you don’t want to wait for the dye to fade completely as you wash it over time, all you have to do is wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo. 


Clarifying shampoo will get rid of all the residue from the semi-permanent purple dye that is left in your hair.

How many times should you use the clarifying shampoo?


It all depends on how intense the purple in your hair is.

  •  If your hair is a bright purple , then you’ll probably need to use the clarifying shampoo twice.
  •  If your hair is lilac or lavender colored , then you only need to wash your hair once.


It’s important that you moisturize your hair after using the clarifying shampoo. You can use a mask with natural oils or use conditioner after you rinse.


How to use clarifying shampoo to fade semi-permanent purple dye

remove purple tint with clarifying shampoo

  • Wet your hair with warm to hot water, then towel off excess water.
  • Spread the shampoo through all of your hair and rub until you have a foam.
  • If the foam is purple, that’s a great sign because that means the purple dye is fading.
  • Leave the clarifying shampoo in your hair for 20 minutes, massaging your hair every five minutes.
  • After the 20 minutes have gone by, rinse your hair with plenty of warm water and repeat the process all over again.


Then dry your hair and take a close look at the color.

  •  If there is still any purple residue in your hair , wash it again with the clarifying shampoo.
  •  If the purple faded completely , use the silver dye.


Now I’ll speak to the people who need to fade permanent purple dye in order to get silver hair.

And I’ll ask that you pay close attention because the decision you make here will take you down two possible paths: you’ll either end up with beautiful silver hair or damaged hair.


You must bleach your hair to fade purple permanent dye to silver

hair dyed with purple permanent dye bleach

Since bleaching your hair is a chemical process that can damage your hair, I have two things to tell you:

  •  If you have experience with coloring hair , before you bleach your hair, do a strand test because that will tell you for sure if your hair can handle the bleach.
  •  If you don’t have experience with coloring hair,  go to a salon. Because if your hair is dry and prone to breakage and then you bleach it, you can burn it.


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Have you made a decision? Great.

So, if you’ve continued to read, it’s because you have experience with coloring hair and you’ve decided to bleach your purple hair on your own.

The first thing you need to do is get together everything you need for fading permanent purple dye. Take notes:

  • Bleach powder
  • 30 volume peroxide
  • Shower cap
  • Plastic container
  • Dye brush
  • Hair clips


It’s also important not to wash your hair for 48 hours before bleaching it, because the natural grease your scalp produces will protect your roots and hair even more.



  • Brush your hair while it’s dry and separate out four or six sections of your hair, pinning them up with the hair clips.
  • Prepare the bleach mixture with two parts 30 volume developer and one part bleach powder.
  • Stir until you have a cream roughly the consistency of conditioner.
  • Start to use the mixture on all of your hair. You can start at your ends and move your way up to your roots or use the mixture directly from roots to ends.
  • Once you’ve covered all of your hair with the bleach, put your hair up into the shower cap to keep the temperature high for the reaction.
  •  Leave the bleach mix in your hair for 30 minutes while checking on your color .
  • Once that time has gone by, rinse your hair with cold water.


Once your hair is dry, take a look at the results.

  •  If after fading the purple your hair ended up dark gray or silver with purple tones , you can enjoy your new color.
  •  If you want a different silver tone , you can use the silver gray dye you prefer.
  •  If the purple didn’t fade completely , you should moisturize your hair for three weeks, then bleach it again.

It’s very important not to bleach your hair twice in a row. You also can’t bleach it the next day or twice in the same week.


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Fading purple hair to silver will always be easier if you use a semi-permanent dye because in those cases, you can use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of purple pigments.

If you want to fade a permanent purple dye, you’ll need to bleach your hair, and in that case, I recommend going to a professional so you don’t damage your hair.

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