How often can you dye your hair without damaging it? It’s a challenge to find the balance between healthy hair and celebrity colored hair.
It’s due time for your summer glow up, but you’re not sure if your hair is as ready as you are. You found the perfect look for you, but it involves bleach which is notorious for drying out hair. Or your roots are already showing and you’re dying for a touch-up.
No need to start pulling out your hair, pull up a chair, and listen instead. Here’s what you need to consider before coloring your hair. I’ll even clue you in on how to keep dyed hair healthy.
What Kind of Dye Will You Be Using?
Truth be told the process of dyeing your hair will take a toll at your tresses. The only way out is to grow it, amputate, and let your virgin hair grow out. But there are ways to lessen the damage based on the type of dye you will use by easing your way into the process.
How Often Can You Dye Your Hair With Bleach?
If you must have golden locks or mermaid hair, wait at least 14 days between bleaching sessions. Stretch out the process in waves instead of bleaching it all in one go. Give your hair plenty of TLC during your rest time.
The process will leave our hair porous, fragile, and lose elasticity. As much as possible, keep the bleach on the down-low. Above all, leave bleaching to the professionals.
How Often Can You Dye Your Hair With Permanent Dye?
Let’s say you did away with the bleach and stuck with permanent dye. Wait at least two months or until your roots show before you color again. The process is still drying, but not as damaging as bleach is.
Once your roots start showing, spot color instead of dyeing the entire head. You’ll still get the touch up you needed, but you spared your hair from further damage.
How Often Can You Dye Your Hair With Semi-Permanent Dye?
Semi-permanent dye is as generous as you can get with your hair. You can get away with dyeing your hair after it wears off after approximately four to ten washes.
What Is Your Hair’s Current Condition?
To start off, virgin hair can take more of a hit and can get away with a few frequent dyeing sessions. In a perfect world, we would always start off with virgin hair because it is less likely to get heavily damaged with hair dye.
If your hair is damaged to begin with, it is best to give it longer time to rest between dyeing. If it is dried and damaged, then dyeing won’t make it look any better. Hold off on coloring your hair until its revived and restored. You may want to consider treating with an oil and getting a trim to remove the more damaged ends.
Consider the frequency you’ve been dyeing your hair with how damaged it is. This is how you can gauge how strong your hair is and how often it can withstand dyeing sessions. Adjust the rest time in between sessions according to how well you think your hair can withstand hair dye.
What’s Your Base Color?
If your hair is a deep color like black and brown, you will have no problem going one or two shades lighter. However, if you want to lighten your hair, bleach is inevitable and so is hair damage.
Warning: There is no turning back from the damages of bleach until you chop it off.
Check out Wengie’s pro tips on caring for colored hair:
Now you know when you should dye your hair, or if you’re prepared to take the plunge at all. Hair dying doesn’t mean the death of your hair if you follow it up with TLC.
That’s all you need to know before committing to hair dye. I hope this gives you confidence and prepares you well for your next summer glow up!