Ion Demi Permanent Dye

I decided to try out demi permanent dye instead of what I usually use permanent dye. Since demi-permanent is much nicer to your hair. 

Click down below for a review on the dye and the Before & After pictures! 

Before with Flash

Well I know everyone dyes their hair differently. While some use mixing bowls. I buy a plastic bottle with the measures printed on the bottle, mix in it then use the applicator top with it to apply it to my hair. I find that when I use a mixing bowl it causes more mess for me because my hair is long. Also I just think it’s because I’m messy. 

before without Flash

I used Ion’s Demi permanent creme hair color in 6RV-6.5 Light Burgundy Blonde. This is a little brighter then I usually do because I found (At least at my Sally’s) that there wasn’t a great selection of red dyes. I usually do a Dark Intense Red. 

I personally like using the same brand developer as the dye I’m using – so I used Ion’s sensitive Scalp a level 10. Since I did buy the developer in October I couldn’t say know to buying the Susan G. Komen for the Cure pink bottle. 

So this is what I do personally when I dye my hair. Theses are the measures that work for me, and might not work for you. I put equal parts of the dye and developer, which is 2oz each in the mixing bottle. I shake it up, then apply it to my  roots first. After I apply it to my roots then I just start squeezing they dye into my hands and rubbing it in like shampoo.  

I leave the dye in for 20mins then use a blow dryer on my hair with the dye in it for 5mins. Usually less. Then I wash it out. I then use Ion’s Color Brilliance after color treatment. Leave that in for 5mins then wash out. Then I use Ion after color mask and leave that in for 10mins then blast it with my hair dryer for a few minutes. 

After everything is washed out I let my hair air dry. After I dye my hair I try to not wash it for 2 full days. I want my natural oils to soak into my hair. So that usually means it’s two hat days for me. 

After without Flash

So here’s what I think about the products used. If you can’t already tell I’m a HUGE fan of Ion products. For starters they smell pretty good usually. I never had a problem with any of the products I’ve used by them before so if it’s not broke why fix it. 

Ion’s Sensitive Scalp Developer: I’ve used levels 10, 30, and 45 before on my hair before. When I used to use box dye my scalp used to itch, but now when I use Ion’s developer it doesn’t bother my scalp at all. No itching or tingling.

After with Flash

Ion Demi Permanent creme dye: It didn’t have as strong chemical smell as other dyes I’ve used before which is nice. What I didn’t like is the last two times I washed my hair the run off water and soap was pink tinted. I’m not sure if this means my hair will fade really fast or what, but I’m not happy about that. Even in my brighter red hair dyes when I use permanent dye my hair never bled pink before. 

Ion after color treatment: Works great, and smells AMAZING! I honest to god notice a difference in how long my color lasts after I use this.

Ion after color hair mask: I’ve only used this twice so far, but it smells good and really moisturizes my hair. I like it. 

VERDICT: This all will cost you $15 from Sally’s but the developer is about $3, and if you get the 8fl oz bottle it will last you at least two hair dyes (It last me four hair dyes) The After color treatment costs around $6 and I’ve had it for over three months now, and use it once a week to keep my color locked in. $8 for the Ion after color hair mask, it’s a medium size tube, that will last you awhile. The dye is the only thing you have to buy every time but depending on sales they dye could be anywhere from $2 to $6. 

Dying your hair yourself will definitely fit into a college student’s budget.!

In a nutshell what I am saying is that you can spend around $15 to buy the supplies and either have you dye your hair yourself or get a friend to dye it. OR go to a salon and get it done for no less $25, then you have to tip your hair dresser as well. But if you have to bleach your hair or lighten more then one shade, I’d say it’s worth going to the salon so you don’t ruin your hair. 

I hope this helps you in you hair dying adventures. If you have any questions I’d be happy to answer you but remember I’m not a professional so if you don’t think my advice will work for you then don’t try it. 

After I dyed my hair without Flash


  1. Anonymous
    October 29, 2011 / 2:00 pm

    your hair came out great! Maybe try using a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner this helps the fading. since this is a demi dye it will fade faster i think within 20-30 washes you will need to re dye your hair. the point of the demi is that it is ammonia free so you can dye your hair more often without all the damage.

  2. Hunter87
    October 29, 2011 / 8:44 pm

    That is a very pretty hair color. I too dye my hair at my house.~Jazmin

  3. DaphYin
    October 30, 2011 / 6:46 am

    I've never dyed my hair before except once but it was only some locks, but I've been tempted to and maybe I will later. I love how your hair came out! Definitely should dye hair by ourselves when in a budget – I agree :)

  4. Beauty on a College budget
    November 2, 2011 / 3:32 am

    @Molly Thanks for the award! I will be posting it to my wall soon! @CottonCandyINK I'm going to look into the sulfate free shampoo. I actually don't use conditioner. I just use different hair masks every shower. I think in the end even if it still bleeds like crazy in the shower, the color is staying pretty well, except at my roots, some blondes peeking through already. This just now gives me the excuse to dye my hair again before thanksgiving so I look good in the family photos! 😉 Thanks so much for the recommendation!

  5. Glitz Glam Budget
    November 8, 2011 / 12:48 am

    Wow your hair looks great! I am so scared to dye my own feat that I will turn my hair into a mess!

  6. hayheloohhigh
    April 6, 2012 / 2:31 pm

    I always do my hair myself i don't trust anyone else to do it anyways ahah. ive had just about every color you can think of 🙂 I really like how your hair turned out. it looks very cute. I think thats the color i'll do. either that or the dark copper blonde. im glad i came across your blog

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