What If I Have a Lot of Product in My Hair?
Great question! Although we recommend not shampooing the day of coloring, there is an exception if you have a lot of product in your hair. While natural oils are ideal, at the same time, it’s not good to have a build-up of product that makes it harder for the color to penetrate your hair which may cause uneven results.
You can either adjust your styling routine leading up to coloring or shampoo before coloring, if necessary.
What If I Really Need to Wash My Hair
If there’s a special occasion and you absolutely need to wash your hair the same day, it's not the end of the world. Do whatever makes you feel and look your best. Not following the "do not wash your hair" rule a couple of times won't hurt. Why Shouldn’t You Wash Your Hair Right Before Coloring?
Okay, so you know that you don’t have to wash your hair before coloring, and we’ve more or less explained the consequences of doing so. Now, it’s time to get into the details. Why exactly you shouldn’t do it? The first possible reason is that, if you suffer from scalp conditions (see dandruff vs. dry scalp), it may lead to some irritation from the color if your scalp is sensitive. Apart from that, you shouldn’t wash your hair before coloring because it strips you of your natural oils, making your hair drier and more susceptible to damage or over-deposit (what colorists call "grab") of the color. Don’t worry if you really have to wash your hair before coloring. If it happens once, there shouldn’t be any issues, but don’t make this a habit since it can lead to undesirable results more often.
A Few Words on Hair Washing in General
Since we’re almost at the end of this post, we’d like to offer some general tips on washing your hair, especially considering the many myths circulating around this topic that are not exactly true. So, what should you know?
You shouldn’t wash your hair every day: – this can dry it out and cause your color to fade more quickly; it may also remove too much of the protective oils from your scalp; ColorSolve™ Shampoo is a great choice for cleansing and protecting your color
The frequency of washing your hair should depend on:
Hair condition: (dry hair = less washing)
Chemical treatments: perms, straighteners, bleaching, coloring = washing less often
You shouldn’t use dry shampoos too often
Combing is important in terms of hygiene: – it helps keep your scalp in good condition
Many shampoo products contain toners, which could impact your final result; be honest with your colorist as they can help mitigate this side effect