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Hairdressers: is it best to dye your hair when it's clean or dirty?

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user1493423934 · 22/06/2019 03:40

I dye my hair at home (permanent dye) - can't afford to go to a salon. Anyway, is it better to dye your hair when it is dirty or clean? have heard differing advice.

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mylittlenugget · 22/06/2019 05:49

Not a hairdresser but been dying my hair for almost 10 years at home. I always found the colour lasted just a little better and came out a bit truer to the box if my hair was washed the day before I dyed it and then nothing put on since such as hair spray or dry shampoo. It just didn't "stick" as well if it was the same day as a hair wash or if it was in need of a wash if that makes sense

BalloonSlayer · 22/06/2019 07:26

No product and not just washed is what I was told.

RunningFeisty · 22/06/2019 07:30

One day dirty hair always is what I have been told and gone by, and it works for me.

S0CKS · 22/06/2019 07:54

My hairdresser has always asked me to go with as dirty hair as i can bear!
Would say though shop around for hairdresser mine only costs £40 for cut colour style and id need at least two boxes of colour to do my own and it seems to last over double the time so overall it might not work out much more to have it done at the hairdressers

dementedpixie · 22/06/2019 08:00

I'm getting highlights today and washed my hair yesterday morning. Hairdresser prefers if it's not perfectly clean as it's too soft and flyaway

user1493423934 · 22/06/2019 11:11

Thanks all - ok general opinon seems to be slightly dirty. will try it next time!

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user1493423934 · 22/06/2019 11:13

Oh and also (forgot to put in original msg) - how long after dyeing can you wash your hair? a friend reckons give it a week before using 'proper' shampoo - just use dry shampoo instead. Thoughts?

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AllTheGlitter · 22/06/2019 11:15

I am a qualified hairdresser and I shampoo mine straight away.

user1493423934 · 22/06/2019 11:18

Ohh thanks AllTheGlitter

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OldSpeclkledHen · 22/06/2019 16:07

Oooh I did my own hair colour first time ever a couple of weeks back (normal done at hairdressers but need to cut back finances 😬)

I've always heard slightly dirty is best? And the box of colour I used said "wash hair day before use - do not condition hair" (the no condition was tough!)

Once I'd coloured it, i shampoo'd and conditioned with the products supplied (which left my hair greasy - yuk 🤢🤢) so next time will use my own shampoo etc which is for coloured hair anyway 😉

Also don't forget the patch test!!

AllTheGlitter · 23/06/2019 00:25

Just to add, I wash my hair once a week and usually dye my hair when it’s been 6/7 days and it always takes really well so personally I just think it’s best not to have squeaky clean hair :)

user1493423934 · 23/06/2019 10:58

Thanks for all your replies!

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