There is a time and a place for everything, and dyeing your hair is no exception. We’re not talking about days of the week, or times of the month – but there are times in your hair’s routine that it will take better to being dyed than others. So when is the best time to dye your hair? Let’s find out!
Types of dye
There are many different dyes out there, from all natural products like Henna to chemical solutions that you can buy over the counter.
If you’re a dyeing afficionado then you’ve probably already worked out which type suits you, but if not then you may wish to know more.
- Temporary: These quick and easy dyes cover the outer of the hair shaft but don’t penetrate deeply. They usually last 1-2 washes.
- Semi permanent: A type of hair dye that partially penetrates the hair shaft, and lasts between 5 and 20 washes.
- Permanent: The most popular type of hair dye, this type penetrates the hair shaft and causes chemical changes in the hair itself. They fade slightly, but will not wash out and are generally only gone when new hair replaces the dyed part.
How long to wait between dyeing sessions
Dying can be quite damaging for the hair, due to the strong chemicals that are needed to change the colour. It is best to leave your dye jobs as long as possible between each application, especially if you have gone for a colour that is wildly different from your natural shade.
The general advice is leave it at least a month before you hit the (bleach) bottle, but if you can bear to, try to leave at least two months between sessions to give your hair a chance to recover.
Best time for dyeing
Contrary to what you may think, it’s best to avoid washing your hair before you dye it. Washing your hair can leave your scalp vulnerable as it strips away the protective layers, so allow your hair to rest without products for at least a few day before you apply a colour.
Consider using a clarifying shampoo for the last few washes before you colour. This will gently remove product build up on your hair, and allow the colour to take better.
If you’re a keen swimmer, it’s advisable to stay out of the pool for a while after you colour your hair. Chlorine can affect the dye and add unwanted green shades to your new look!
Summer is not the best time to dye your hair,even though you may want a new look to go with your post-winter outfit. The bright sun can fade the dye, negating your carefully applied colour. If you do go for summer colouring, try to avoid going out in the brightest and hottest part of the day.
Hair dyeing tips
- You should be aware that, as many dyes contain potentially harmful chemicals, that dyeing your hair should be completely avoided for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Although a natural product like Henna is thought to be safe, it’s better to err on the side of caution and leave your hair completely alone for at least the first trimester, and preferably the whole of your pregnancy.
- Always, always do a patch test. Even if you’re impatient and just want to get the dye on your head, it’s not worth suffering an unexpected allergic reaction, so always make sure that your hair isn’t going to react by applying the dye to a small section of your hair before you do the whole head.
- Avoid getting any dye product anywhere near your eyes. The chemicals in them can cause real damage to your eyes, so make sure you keep them protected. If you do happen to splash a drop in your peepers, wash them out well with water immediately, and contact your doctor or optician if you experience any vision troubles.
- Exercise caution with home dyeing kits of you have asthma or other respiratory issues. The chemicals in dye can cause breathing problems if inhaled.
- Here is our list of great blonde colours you may want to consider.