How soon can wash hair before dying

crickettcrickett Registered Users Posts: 16
This is so frustrating. I get my hair dyed when getting a trim every 5 weeks. Since I have very curly hair, I must use conditioner and some ReCoil to keep it from being a fuzz ball. Years ago I was told by a stylist I went to that there should be more oils in the hair for the dye to hold up better. Thus, do not wash it the day before getting it dyed--maybe a couple to three days before dying. The other person I go to now says no problem washing it the day before (just do not use conditioner or any products). Any suggestions. If I wash it the day before, I can look "gross" for only one day, but if have to wash it at least two days before the dye job--I have to walk around with hair out of control. Yet if that will "hold" the dye longer & better, I will. Sorry this is so long & crazy sounding.....:pale::sad5:


  • a curly qa curly q Registered Users Posts: 248
    Does your stylist use permanent or semi/demi-permanent? If permanent, I don't think it matters too much when you wash your hair. The developing agents will penetrate regardless - timing may be affected but I believe that's all.

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  • curlypearlcurlypearl Registered Users Posts: 12,231 Curl Connoisseur
    I agree with a curly q. I have never had problems with the permanent dye penetrating my hair, as long as my hair isn't wet. Washing/conditioning, etc. the day before makes no difference at all.

    Permanent dye is quite strong!

    Let us know if you have a problem, but I would be very surprised if you do, as long as the dye is permanent.
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  • yestheyrerealyestheyrereal Registered Users Posts: 54 Curl Neophyte
    My stylist always wanted me to come in with second day hair at least. She said whatever product I used was fine.
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  • CGSince2002CGSince2002 Banned Users Posts: 1,073
    That kind of depends... if you're covering gray you definitely need the oil in the scalp, I've seen it time and again in my own head when out of impatience I co-washed the day before as for me 2-day hair is better. When I didn't wait, especially in the winter when oil production is slower, the color didn't take as well in the new growth even if I left it on longer.

    As for no products, maybe just a moisturizing cream or leave-in, which at the same time might give you a light hold will do, the chemicals in hair coloring are more than able to penetrate those. Or try
    a bit of jojoba or coconut oil, or even aloe vera gel. And... you can always wear your hair up for a day, for heaven's sake...

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