Are you an established stylist looking to try a new hair colour brand? Maybe you’re a hairdressing student wanting to learn more about the different hair colour brands available? Our helpful guide is the one-stop shop on everything you need to know about permanent and semi-permanent hair colour. 

Salons Direct stocks a fantastic range of permanent hair colours and semi-permanent hair colours brought to you from leading professional brands, including Wella Koleston Perfect, Pulp Riot, L’Oreal Majirel and many more. 

The Complete Guide To Permanent & Semi-Permanent Hair Colour

Educate your clients on the difference between semi-permanent hair colour and permanent hair colour

As a professional colourist, it is essential that you educate your clients on the colour process offered and why it best suits their hair needs. For the most part, clients are not aware of the differences between the semi-permanent and permanent colouring processes, especially if they have been broadly familiar with home-box dyes. More often than not, clients believe that semi-permanent colour is a short-term ‘wash in, wash out’ solution, and permanent colour means more value for money.

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What is semi-permanent hair colour?

Semi-permanent hair colour makes colouring quick and easy. Semi-permanent dyes, also known as ‘glosses’, can be used straight out of the tube without mixing. They don’t alter the hair’s natural pigment as they do not contain bleach. With results lasting for around 6-8 weeks, they fade progressively with frequent shampoo and exposure to elements such as the sun.

Semi-permanent colour is best suited to clients looking for a temporary hair colour or who simply want to achieve a glossy, natural hue to enhance the pigments in virgin hair. They are also ideal for clients looking to attain trend-led fashion colours such as electric blue dip-dye or adding a pastel pink hue to a lighter base.

Semi-Permanent Colour Recommendations

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Pulp Riot’s 16 Vibrant and Pastel Semi-Permanent colours are easier to apply, more vibrant, last longer, and fade better.

  • Conditioner based and so easier to apply
  • More vibrant, it lasts longer, and it fades better
  • 16 semi-permanent colour shades including clear for pastelisation
  • Highly pigmented for vibrant results
  • Fades evenly and true to tone
  • Incredible conditioning shine thanks to quinoa seed formula base
  • Lasts 25 to 42 hair washes
  • Removable with a blank canvas
  • Beautiful fragrance
  • Cruelty-free, vegan, free of silicones, MEA and parabens

Pulp Riot Semis are 100% removable with Pulp Riot Blank Canvas

Welloxon Perfect Pastel



Welloxon Perfect Pastel 1ltr

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For clients looking to achieve pastel results, we recommend the Welloxon Perfect Pastel the colour partner for Koleston Perfect, Koleston Perfect Innosense, InstamaticIllumina Color, Blondor and Magma. We carry a number of developer strengths available in 6%, 9% and 12% to achieve the best colouring results.

Crazy Color Starter Palette



Crazy Color Starter Palette Kit

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If you’re looking for an entire set of semi-permanent shades for your clients, we recommend the Crazy Color Starter Palette which includes 6 best-selling colours, as well as a neutral mix for creating trend-led fashion colours.

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What Is Permanent Hair Colour?

When an oxidiser such as hydrogen peroxide is mixed with a colouring agent, a permanent hair dye process can lighten, darken and alter the hair pigment whilst embedding the new colour deeper into an opened hair shaft.

Permanent hair colour is brilliant for clients requiring full grey coverage and those looking to alter the tone of their hair. Depending on the desired outcome, clients wouldn’t require multiple permanent colouring on their hair length, only needing root touch-ups every 4-8 weeks depending on hair growth.

Wella Koleston Perfect 

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Discover our bestselling Wella Koleston Perfect Me+ range. Wella Koleston Perfect Me+ features Pure Balance Technology which is proven to deliver vibrant rich colour with less damage colour after colour. That’s not all either, ME+ reduces the risk of developing a new allergy to hair colour. For best results use with Wella Welloxon Perfect Developer.

L’Oreal Majirel

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Permanent hair colour can offer rich tones and cover stubborn greys. Discover Maijerel, providing up to 100% grey coverage and guaranteeing that sought-after rich, deep colour whilst aiming to restore and protect the hair’s natural hair fibre. For best results use with L’Oréal Creme Oxydant.


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