How to Apply Demi-Permanent Hair Color

By C.D. Crowder

Apply demi-permanent hair color for longer lasting color than semi-permanent color. Demi-permanent hair color does not damage hair as badly as permanent color due to the lack of ammonia, but it does contain some peroxide. When properly applied, demi-permanent hair color lasts between 12 and 24 washings. It is mainly used to cover greys or to darken hair. Demi-permanent hair color does not work well for lightening hair but can be used to brighten existing hair color between permanent colorings.

Use demi-permanent hair color to cover greys or darken your color.

Step 1

Wash your hair.

Step 2

Dry your hair. Do not apply any type of product, such as hair spray or gel, to your hair after drying.

Step 3

Apply a light application of petroleum jelly around the hairline and ears to prevent staining.

Step 4

Put on the latex gloves. This prevents staining on the hands or fingernails.

Step 5

Use the applicator provided with the hair color to apply to hair. Apply evenly to the desired area.

Step 6

Comb the color through the hair, if the applicator does not have a comb attached.

Step 7

Allow to set for approximately 15 minutes. Times vary based on brand.

Step 8

Rinse hair completely with cool or warm water. Use a light amount of shampoo to remove any scalp stains.

Step 9

Dry and style as usual.