Now that you’ve spent many hours and thousands of dollars bringing your hair to the exact shade, it’s time to keep it looking great for as long as possible. Even if it’s inadvertent, most of us do at least one—if not all—of these hair no-nos during the first week or so after having our hair professionally dyed. Here are the answers to your most pressing inquiries regarding how to keep your color looking fresh, lustrous, and vivid.
Other common questions that may arise in your mind are:
- Can I get my hair wet a day after dying it?
- How do you shower after dying your hair?
- Can I rinse my hair with cold water after dying it?
So, directly we will get into the question; CAN I WET MY HAIR AFTER COLORING?
Rinsing your hair the day after having it colored is not a smart idea. The recommended course of action is to wait at least 48 hours.
WHY ARE YOU RINSING YOUR HAIR THE DAY AFTER YOU’VE DYED IT?
- Does your hair leave stains on your clothes?
- Does your hair appear to be heavy or dull?
If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, it’s highly likely that you haven’t thoroughly washed the color mix. In this case, you can only rinse your hair the day after dying it.
Don’t worry, your color won’t be affected in any way. All you have to do now is get rid of the extra dye.
- Do you know why your hair still has an off-color after you’ve removed the dye mixture?
- Do you want to know how to properly rinse your hair to remove any remaining dye?
I’ll tell you all about it and more right here. Please keep in touch!
WHY DOES YOUR HAIR CONTINUE TO LOSE COLOR?
Color combinations frequently include too much pigment, or your hair doesn’t require as much as they do.
Your hair loses color because the fibers have absorbed all of the pigment they can and are now releasing the remainder.
The color you see coming off in the water after allowing the dye to set in and rinsing your hair is the pigment that your hair couldn’t absorb or the excess dye.
This is why your hair continues to release color after you’ve applied dye and rinsed it out.
As a result, you must thoroughly rinse your hair so that any remaining colors do not stain your clothes, skin, or bedding.
Extremes, like everything else in life, are never a good thing. What exactly am I referring to here?
Rinsing platinum blonde color is just as tough as rinsing black dye. When you’re rinsing your platinum blonde hair, the water will always appear translucent.
On the other hand, with black dye, on the other hand, even if the water runs clear, you’ll still be coloring everything black several days later.
Don’t give up! This is very normal. All you have to do now is re-rinse your hair.
The best thing to do is wait 48 hours after you’ve dyed your hair before washing it.
- However, in these unusual cases, you can rinse it first.
- If your hair is dull or heavy, you can also make an exception to the norm.
If your hair looks like this, it suggests you still have some of the mix in your hair.
In this situation, you should thoroughly rinse away any remaining mixture in your hair.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON’T COMPLETELY RINSE OFF THE COLOR MIXTURE?
You’ll lose dye and leave stains all over the place. For sure, your hair will appear dull and lifeless. If this is the case, do not hesitate to rinse your hair.
HOW DO YOU RINSE YOUR HAIR PROPERLY?
If you want to rinse your hair the day after coloring it, you should, but you’ll need shampoo and conditioner this time.
Do you have any idea why? The reason is straightforward. Shampoo is the only way to get rid of leftover coloring mix in your hair if it has not been properly rinsed.
The shampoo will help you get rid of your hair’s thick, drab appearance.
Consider what it’s like when your prized jewelry begins to tarnish. You polish it after using a few drops of metal cleanser. The shampoo would act as a metal cleanser in this situation.
After you’ve applied the shampoo, it’s time to apply the conditioner. The conditioner will hydrate your hair and restore the damage caused by the coloring mix, which contains chemicals that can damage hair fiber.
So now you know that you should rinse your hair with shampoo and conditioner if you want it to look bright and shiny.
However, if your hair appears to be in good condition but continues to stain your clothes, towels, and pillows, you should rinse it out many times on the same day.
Do you have any idea why?
- The cuticles get moisturized and relax as you wash your hair, allowing the residual pigment to be removed even faster.
- It’s for this reason that you shouldn’t wash or rinse your hair for at least 48 hours after you’ve colored it.
However, you certainly do not want to taint anything.
- As a result, you should cleanse and condition your hair twice a day until your clothes or towel are no longer stained.
- The shampoo will aid in the removal of excess color.
- This is particularly true for darker tones such as black, dark brown, or red, as well as light and dark variations of these colors.
7 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER DO AFTER COLORING YOUR HAIR
HOT WATER SHOULD BE AVOIDED
Although it may seem natural to get in the shower and shampoo as usual after a hair color, celebrity hairstylist Michelle Cleveland advises against using hot water on freshly colored strands. According to Leo Izquierdo, a colorist at New York’s IGK Salon, hot water lifts the upper layer of hair color, causing the color to fade. Rather, rinse with cold or lukewarm water to help seal the cuticle and lock in your new color, Cleveland recommends.
AVOID OVEREXPOSURE TO THE SUN
Chemicals and chlorine are two obvious color-strippers, but celebrity hairstylist Eric Leonardos of STARRING believes there’s another big one we sometimes overlook: the sun. “You should stay out of direct sunlight for long periods of time and use a hair-specific SPF.” Cleveland agrees, adding that she always advises her color clients to use a decent UV spray protectant. Her go-to moisturizer with SPF? Sebastian Trillant Spray is a spray created by Sebastian.
DON’T WASH YOUR HAIR AT FIRST
“How long do I wait to wash my hair after dying it?” “Can I wet my hair after coloring?” “Can I work out after getting my hair dyed?” are all concerns we ask ourselves a day or two after dyeing our hair. Tina Outen, founder of Tina Did It Salon at Ricky’s NYC, recommends not washing your hair for the first 48 hours after coloring. Wait three days, according to Izquierdo. “This allows the cuticle to shut and the color to settle,” he explains. That’s why you should skip a workout or two so you don’t have to damp or wash your hair—doing so will strip the color from your hair.
LAY OFF THE CHEMICALS
According to celebrity colorist Sharon Dorram, one of the most important things to remember when coloring your hair is not to overexpose it to chemicals. “Everything from hairspray and styling products containing alcohol to excessive blow-drying can cause color loss.” Styling products contain agents that open up the cuticle, enabling color to escape.
CHLORINE SHOULD BE AVOIDED.
Outen compares chlorine in swimming pools to the superhero Kryptonite. When you’re outside, wear a nice hat and use sun-protecting hair treatments to keep your hair safe.
DO NOT USE TREATMENT SHAMPOOS OR MASKS.
“Is it okay if I condition my hair after I dye it?” It’s a common salon inquiry, and the answer might help your color last much longer. We’re not suggesting you shouldn’t use them, but know that dandruff shampoos and clarifying shampoos can mess with your color. “They’re employed in color correction to remove undesirable tones,” adds Outen. So don’t wash with them if you want your color. “Avoid heavy treatment masks as well.” They penetrate the hair so deeply that the color pigments are dragged out with them.” If you’re wondering if you can oil your hair after coloring, it’s better to avoid any form of treatment for a bit to extend the life of your color.
HEAT SHOULD BE AVOIDED.
Heat-based styling tools will wreak havoc on your color, especially when used in conjunction with cosmetics. “Avoid using high-heat volumizers, mousse, hairsprays, and even gels for long periods of time.” “Hair is extremely delicate and easily destroyed,” Dorram explains.