How Long Should You Wait To Dye Your Hair

How long should you wait to dye your hair again to keep it safe? It’s important to know because today your mood has changed and you want to be a red-haired rogue.

Tomorrow you’re having a date: a chic dress with lace is prepared and only dark hair color is missing for the vamp look. At the weekend, you are going to the beach and blond curls will look luxurious in a photo.

Oh no, dear. This won’t work. Hair and healthy self-esteem are against such radical changes.

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When can I dye my hair again? On average, intervals between dyeing are 4-6 weeks and depend on the type of dye, dyeing technique, the characteristics of your hair, and its condition.

In emergency situations, when it is necessary to reverse failed staining, the minimum recommended interval is 2 days. In any case, your colorist will give you clearer recommendations.

Why Do You Need To Wait to Dye Your Hair?

How long should I wait to redye my hair or how long to wait between dyeing hair are quite common questions. But before let’s get it clear why we need time before trying to re dye hair. There are several reasons why you shouldn’t color your hair often.

The first reason is the damage to the hair and scalp itself. Any dyeing, even natural, affects the structure of the hair. To help the dye penetrate into the hair, you need to open hair’s scales.

As a result, the hair becomes dry and brittle. Colorings with lightening or bleaching of the hair are especially aggressive since they also wash out the natural pigment. The scalp, when stained, is also exposed and dries out. This causes itching, peeling, and allergic reactions.

The next reason is the economic inexpediency of too frequent staining. A properly performed procedure by a good master with high-quality materials is quite expensive.

In addition, dyed hair requires special care, a more difficult and more expensive one than uncolored hair. Therefore, you need to be prepared financially for experimenting so frequently.

The next reason is the result itself. If you dye too often, involving radical color changes or bright colors, there is a high risk of creating the wrong color.

How Long You Should Wait To Dye Your Hair Again

As soon as you make up your mind to venture fashionable coloring, you may have heard many myths about how long you should wait to dye your hair again.

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Competent colorists will not give a clear answer to the question “how soon you can dye your hair again” since a lot of factors influence this: from the structure, natural color and growth rate of hair to the type of dyeing and paint used.

However, there is a general rule that applies to everyone, except for girls with some types of balayage, when the color of lightened strands can be maintained by tinting.

The best time to dye hair is four-six weeks between the procedures, since the hair grows at an average of 1-1.5 cm per month. In most cases, it’s enough and the risk of damage to the strands is reduced.

Stretching the time between coloring for six-eight weeks if seeing the natural hair color in the root zone doesn’t bother and carry no discomfort is possible. This “window” between visits to the colorist generally is based on how your natural hair color looks compared to “artificially acquired”.

For example, if you have a natural blonde ash brown color and are addicted to cool blonde tones, you will probably need to lighten and tone your hair every 4-6 weeks, as the roots will contrast strongly with the overall shade of the strands when they begin to appear.

If you have the same blond ash brown hair color, and you are doing a trendy caramel color or love a warm chestnut tone, you can last a little longer without coloring, since the roots will not be as noticeable.

For those who choose balayage, in which strands of the root zone do not get stained or lightened, there is great news: regrown roots will be unnoticable for a long time. Girls with this type of coloring can visit the salon and re-dye hair as rarely as they want.

In addition, colorist appointments should be consistent with the degree of damage to the hair. After all, when you get your curls dyed, you want to look great with a new color and beautiful strands. Nobody wants their hair to look like dry straw, right?

With severe damage to the hair, it is worth refraining from dyeing as long as possible. If the hair is in a normal state, which is quite achievable with modern dyes and proper care, dyeing can be done more often.

Important factors in determining the frequency of staining are the composition of the dye, its quality, and durability.

When using a permanent paint, the oxidizing agent opens the hair scales, and ammonia penetrates into the cortex (the layer in which the pigments are located), together with the oxidizing agent, destroys the natural pigment. At the same time, the coloring pigments of the paint add an artificial pigment, that is, a shade of paint.

Artificial pigment molecules enter the hair structure, expand, and therefore remain there. Over time, they still wash out. This is partly due to the fact that the scales of the hair during dyeing cannot completely close.

An unstable ammonia-free dye only slightly penetrates under the scales, enveloping the hair, and adds a little artificial pigment.

a woman to self-dye her hair

At the same time, it does not destroy hair pigments – therefore, ammonia-free paints do not lighten. If it is a bleaching powder that has a sufficiently high degree of lightening, then it destroys both its pigments and the hair structure.

All this directly affects the condition of the hair and the durability of the color.

When using a clarifier, you need to remember that aggressive bleaching leads to dryness, brittleness, and severe damage to the strands. This procedure is not recommended to be carried out more than once every two weeks. Hair will be grateful if such trips to the colorist are reduced to a minimum.

If you are using permanent hair dye, take a break between coloring the strands and wait until your roots have grown enough to contrast with the overall hair color.

When you really need to refresh the color, ask the colorist to touch up only the roots and not color the entire hair. So you can minimize the harm from hair dye.

If there is a desire to gently go from dark to light, you should be patient and every month or two, paint the roots half a tone lighter than the previous color.

In this case, I do not recommend buying a permanent dye. The same effect can be obtained from ammonia-free hair dye with less hair loss. In addition, a persistent dye adds a redhead on the roots. When washed off, a clear border with the natural hair color is obtained.

If you use semi-permanent hair dye or tinting balms, then you need to wait not for regrown roots, but for the moment when the hair color fades. It all depends on the care and on the coloring agent, but usually, high-quality semi-permanent paint does not wash out and does not fade from four to ten shampoos.

FAQ

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Does dying your hair make it fall out?

It must be understood that all dyes are somehow harmful to the hair and any dyeing process leads to certain damage to the hair. The extent of these damages will depend on many factors.

Thus, any coloring is an invasive procedure, but it is more than a real task to prevent hair loss with proper coloring and care.

Can I dye my hair every 2 weeks?

Technically yes, but after that no one guarantees the normal state of the hair when it comes to permanent, semi-permanent dyes, tinting shampoos or tonics.

Carrying out the procedure with such an interval is possible either to cover up unsuccessful painting or in the primary course of lightening, when we go from dark to blond.

Can I box dye my hair again the next day?

No, this is highly not recommended. The minimum period of break should be 2 days and can be applied only in case of emergency when it is necessary to correct a past unsuccessful staining fast.

When can you dye your hair again?

Regardless of whether you would like to experiment or get rid of their consequences, or maybe just refresh your image or paint over gray hair, there is no clear schedule for recoloring.

Only your specialist, taking into account the coloring technique, the composition of the paint, the structure and condition of the hair, will be able to recommend the date of the next procedure.

However, here I have given certain recommendations, from which it is better not to deviate so that your hair would make you happy for a long time. How often do you paint? Which of my tips do you already follow, and what was new?

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Monica Davis

Monica Davis

Monica is a professional men and women's hairstylist and a success coach. She started MyStraightener as a personal blog and it has grown into something bigger. You can also find her writing/speaking about new styling tools, hair products, and the latest things in hairdressing on HuffPost, NBC News, Healthline, etc. Learn more about Monica.

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