How Long to Wait Between Coloring Hair?

how long to wait between coloring hairColoring hair can be really exciting and regardless if you’re doing it yourself or at a salon, one thing is for sure – you just can’t wait to see your new look. That’s why it’s so disappointing and annoying when it doesn’t turn out the way you wanted. Either it’s too dark or too light or maybe something else is wrong. Anyways, the frustration is so big that you want to re-do it immediately but can you? How long should you wait between coloring?

Another group of people who could be concerned about how long to wait between coloring hair are those who wear a hair tone that’s significantly different from their natural one. If you’re one of them then you know how important it is to closely monitor the re-growth process and re-color your hair before your head starts to look like a rainbow or something. Sometimes there may be a situation when only a few weeks have passed since the last coloring treatment and you already feel like the tone needs some refreshing. But is it OK? Will your hair be fine in the long run if you do that? Those are the questions that are most likely going through your mind right now and that’s exactly the topic that we’re going to touch upon today.




Why should you wait between coloring hair?

You probably understand that any chemical process takes its toll on your hair and coloring is certainly no exception. That is the number one reason why you shouldn’t re-dye your hair right away – exposing your hair to hard chemicals is not something you want to do too often.

Now, there is definitely a difference between people with strong hair and those with weak hair. People who are blessed with really strong and healthy hair can be a little more careless than others but their hair is still not immune to the negative effects of hair dye chemicals.

If your hair is not that strong and prone to damage then you should definitely wait before coloring it again.

Split ends and hair breakage are two of the most common and also most disturbing consequences of too frequent coloring. Everytime you dye hair you sort of rip off the outer layer of it and damage the hair shaft. As a result, your hair loses its shine and smoothness as well as becomes dry and brittle.

How long should you wait before re-coloring your hair?

It’s generally suggested to wait at least four weeks between coloring hair. That’s the minimum interval if you care about your hair but it would actually be better to wait somewhere around six or seven weeks if you’re really scared of doing any damage. For people with stronger hair, however, five weeks should be completely enough.

  • A lot of depends on the condition that your hair is in after the coloring treatment. If it got damaged after the first time then don’t rush with dyeing it again and fix your hair first before doing any further damage to it.
  • Deep conditioning at least once every few days is one of the best ways to recover from the damage you’ve done to your hair by dyeing it.

    Here is a favorite of mine that can really help in these kinds of situations – Miracle Deep Conditioner for dyed hair.

  • It’s always easier and less damaging to go darker than to go lighter. If you have strong hair and you are going darker then in most cases you will be fine with waiting less than the aforementioned four weeks.
  • Always read the instructions that come together with the dye. Those who made the product are also the ones who know best about how often it should be used.
  • Do you really need to do a complete re-dye only because half an inch of your hair is in different color? Maybe you’re going to be OK with coloring only the roots that have re-grown since the last time? Then maybe you can do a complete re-dye only once every couple of months and be sparing towards your hair?
  • If you plan to change tones often then maybe just go for a semi-permanent dye. This way you will save yourself a lot of trouble and be able to just wash the color out whenever you want.
  • If you don’t want a completely different tone but just wish to lift it up a level or two then you might go for a mild 10 volume or 20 volume color and don’t wait as long.

 




Summary

The general rule is to wait four to eight weeks before coloring your hair again but as we just learned it’s not always necessary. If your hair is strong and you use a dye which is not too harsh then you can try to wait a little less than that and everything might still turn out fine. In most cases you can feel if your hair is OK and you can dye it sooner or if it’s damaged and needs to be fixed first.

Anyways, regardless of the hair type you have and all other things, there’s no guarantee that your hair will be severely damaged even if you color it, let’s say, twice in one week. It may or may not happen but the most important thing is for you to know what is considered to be a good interval between coloring hair and try to treat your hair right.

 

Discussion

Tell us about your experience with re-dyeing hair. How long do you usually wait before coloring your hair again?

 

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94 comments
MarianneAmmons
MarianneAmmons

I dyed my hair yesterday, going for a dark brown that fit my natural hair PERFECTLY. What it came out as, was a reddish-brown color. I can't stand it, and I'm contemplating dying my hair again in a shade maybe twice as dark as my natural color, which is pretty much black, so then the color can be darkened for sure this time. How long should I wait until I dye it again? (My hair is thick, and the dye did very little damage as far as I can tell.) Please help!

MarianneAmmons
MarianneAmmons

I dyed my hair yesterday, going for a dark brown that fit my natural hair PERFECTLY. What it came out as, was a reddish-light brown-golden color. I can't stand it, and I'm contemplating dying my hair again in a shade maybe twice as dark as my natural color, which is pretty much black, so then the color can be darkened for sure this time. How long should I wait until I dye it again? (My hair is thick, and the dye did very little damage as far as I can tell.) Please help!

StaceyMWheeler
StaceyMWheeler

I dyed my hair today, I bleached it and because it was red it turned half orange and half blonde, I went and brought two types of toners and now I have parts in my hair that a a greenish blue! Please help! Idk what to do!

KimberlyWebb
KimberlyWebb

OK I just dyed my hair like a week ago I followed the instructions and I took a bath last night and my bath water was the color I died my hair Y is it washing out??

KrystalFloyd
KrystalFloyd

It usually takes a couple of washes for colour to stop bleeding from your hair, particularly if you've done it at home. This is why it's important not to go to bed with wet hair after dying (colourful pillows!). Some dyes are better in this regard than others. I tried one once that was still bleeding on my white towels months later!

PennyWebster
PennyWebster

I colored my hair-but I grabbed dark blonde not light blonde. It's too brown! What can I do?

stylist189
stylist189

Go to a salon. Box color is HORRIBLE and won't make you the blonde you're looking for because it won't lift.

XVI
XVI

My hairstylist burnt and damage my hair really really bad. It didn't fall off but it's very dry even after cutting the ends they still look and feel bad. I went from black to a ugly honey blonde and my hair does not feel good at all. I'm ready to just go back to my natural color but I don't know how long I should wait before I put anything else on my hair.

Heyypaige
Heyypaige

I bleached and toned my hair two days ago but it's still not the exact color I was looking for. Is it too soon to tone my hair again? Not bleach,just tone.

Krisa_21
Krisa_21

So basically Google olaplex, purple shampoo, and deep conditioning treatments

Krisa_21
Krisa_21

Just buy purple shampoo. It helps the blonde out a lot, so if it's a yellow/ orange ish blonde this should help it be a blonde blonde . Slowly but surely- you shouldn't keep dying your hair after lightening it because you will make your hair really dry damage and thin. I used to have really thick hair and I went blonde the wrong way . I kept lighten when it was already damage and altogether it was a mess. I had to cut it ALL off and start again. When I did that and wanted to go back to having blonde I just used purple shampoo and it help get it to the prettier blonde . My natural hair is brown .

CharlotteDonson
CharlotteDonson

I've just had my hair done and the person who did it completely missed a part of my hair so I now have a redy purple hair with a brown patch and I can't wait that long to redo it what should I do

JemielynMestidioFlores
JemielynMestidioFlores

Yesterday i go to the salon then they color my hair, but i dont like the result of my color of my hair. can i recolor my hair today with no damage? What i going to do? Help me please :( Thankyou

KrystalFloyd
KrystalFloyd

I know this is a late reply, but keep in mind for next time. If you go to a salon and you aren't happy with the results, go back and make them fix it! They should absolutely not charge you to correct their mistakes.

Trish_marie0025
Trish_marie0025

Im a platinum blonde but went and bought a light blonde box dye and it turned the top part where my regrowth is coming out orange...now idk what to do to make my hair all one color again because now i have breakage.

MarianneAmmons
MarianneAmmons

Try toning your hair, it'll give you the results you want quicker, or you could use purple shampoo (toning shampoo), which is way less damaging, but it takes a while longer to give you the color desired.

lik2travl
lik2travl

I just had my hair colored and I do not like it at all, I actually hate it. It wasn't anything like the color I showed the hairdresser. It is very very dark and I was a strawberry blonde looking to go a deeper strawberry blonde. She said to come back in a week. I am scared that it is too soon and that it will damage my hair, plus I don't want it to fall out or go orange or something.  She did my entire head different so it would have to be done again I'm guessing. Is there a way just to lighten it up or the tone? I'm so scared and picky about my hair but love the cut and the stylist.

Gemma1989
Gemma1989

Hi I dyed my hair yesterday a 6.21 brown over highlighted hair it worked really well but was abit darker than I wanted can I put a lighter brown over it? Also can I dip dye bottoms blonde? Thanks

shashaloreal
shashaloreal

I colored my hair two days ago with loreal excelence cream shade 1 black...the container which was given with the pack to color ...after using it half solution left..

can i use it again after 4-6 weeks...???

jarnitam92
jarnitam92

I got my hair bleached to brown blondish color but i want to dye it permanently RED what should i do?

Berh
Berh

I colored my hair two days ago. It was supposed to be medium brown. Well it turned black. How long until I can highlight with a light brown?

KAD1108
KAD1108

@Berh I just did the same thing. My fiance got me the medium brown and my hair is red and a black. I am very pale and I look awful. I need to get the dark and don't know what to do. What color do you get to high light the brown and when can you do it?

MarianneAmmons
MarianneAmmons

(This is a little late, but this can be for anyone else who has the same question.) Wait for about 3-6 weeks, and deep condition it at the end of each week. Don't over wash your hair either-just every 2-3 days.

azureebluedaisy
azureebluedaisy

So, I bleached my hair back in August using Splat in the color turquoise. It's still in my hair but I'd like to change the color. Do I have to recolor it to my natural color before coloring it again or can I just recolor it? It's so faint it doesn't even hardly come off when I shampoo my hair anymore.

rgallegos0330
rgallegos0330

I usually just dye on top of the other color unless it's lighter then the color I have in my hair. My hair majority of the time comes out when I do this.

mominahmirza
mominahmirza

I want to use a hair dye that I opened 2 months ago. Will it damage my hair?

azureebluedaisy
azureebluedaisy

I'm surprised that it hasn't blown up. Honestly.... if you're going to dye your hair you shouldn't wait 2 months after you open it to use the dye.

QuentinMillard
QuentinMillard

I need to know. I just dyed my hair black, and missed a few spots of my natural brown. I don't have gloves. Can I re-dye my hair with out the gloves.

GravuunLok
GravuunLok

@QuentinMillard You can but wash your hands immediately afterwards. If you can have it sit on your scalp for 30 or so minutes, you can have it on your hands for a couple minutes. You might get stained hands depending on the dye itself though.

MemoonaUmar
MemoonaUmar

I have a problem. I dyed my hair into a ash blonde ombre but the effect is darker on side ofthe tips of my hair than the other (since they were parted in half). I just want to touch it up yo make it kinda equal. How long should I wait before that???

Mermer13
Mermer13

Yesterday I went to the salon to dye my hair (first time in over a year) I got it dyed a deep velvet red with purple highlights. They used a semi permanent color for the purple. I was wondering if I could dye my hair to the deep velvet red as soon as the purple fades. Will it be too soon or not?

Ceilidhinnes12
Ceilidhinnes12

I dyed my hair twice yesterday to a violet purple colour and it's mostly turned out on my roots and a little bit up and on my hair but the rest is dark purple? I'm wondering if I can buy a couple dyes today and put them on my hair and try brightening the colour up?

DaddiesGoDivachocolate
DaddiesGoDivachocolate

I used semi-permanent cherry fusion on my all black hair n it didnt take how long before i can permanent dye it again

SunnyMiranda
SunnyMiranda

Should wait at least 12 weeks to be on the safe side. I always wait that long before I do mine.

iraisgarcia05
iraisgarcia05

I have this problem, today I went to the hairstylist to get my hair platinum blonde from an iffy yellow blonde I didn't like at all (that one was homemade) I told the stylist I how I wanted it, but she understood platinum gray, so she did that, now, I'm here with a bunch of hair that looks gray on the sides and yellow blonde on the center, I just want to fix it and hopefully get it to the platinum blond I want, would it be okay to bleach it again in like 2 weeks?

kaylaren__531
kaylaren__531

So I dyed my hair like two weeks ago I wanted to go lighter on the top and dark in the back and neither of the colors made any difference in my hair, should I wait two more weeks ???? I really want it done but I don't want to ruin my hair..

Tinker22
Tinker22

I dyed my hair yesterday black and one of the parts in my hair didn't take and I wanted to know how long do I have to wait to dye it again?

JessicaTheresaMaxwell
JessicaTheresaMaxwell

I bleache'd my hair 2 weeks ago and put an adore red in it but my roots didnt take the color as much so i wanted to know 3 more days it would be 2 weeks so i wanted to know can i re dye it now with a 20 developer

Mira028
Mira028

Yesterday I coloured my hair can I wash it again today or it will fade (black)

KatieAnneQuigley
KatieAnneQuigley

Do not mess up your hair, if you don't know the process and you absolutely want hair right color and tone and don't want to have to 're do the job lot quicker have a stylist do the work on your hair, you do not want any set backs, regrets when it comes to hair cause if you get it wrong it'll take lot of work and time to repair the damage and actually get what you wanted. Think before you do your hair and after hair is dyed make sure it stays moist and that you can comb it easily. Vitamins are a great thing to do after as well and being with people you like and can trust, have fun!

KatieAnneQuigley
KatieAnneQuigley

My hair is magenta but before that I had pretty light blonde hair with no ash tones to it. I had to 're do my hair already twice in the same month it's difficult and my hair still ain't as pink toned as I want but patience is key and having a willful attitude. I don't plan to 're touch it up or fix it completely for a couple months but here is good news at least its not that bad, I do not look clowning or like a freak, I'm just real edgy and unique and I'm ok with that. If your hair ain't to bad just wear head bands and make sure your hair ain't too dry cause if hair doesn't have enough moist top it the next dye job won't really work and if it does take you have a good chance of los of breakage and your hair may become thinner than you've ever noticed before.And if you have very dark hair its a must for bleach but u should go see a stylist!

Blueyedgirl67
Blueyedgirl67

I have 90% grey hair, naturally. Sunday I dyed it Lightest Golden Blonde#10G with Clairol Soy 4 Plex Creme Permanente hair color. HATE IT! Doesn't look natural at all. Turned out yellow blonde with some light orange tones. What can I do to just go back grey?

SunnyMiranda
SunnyMiranda

You should wait it out,turning grey will happen in no time.

Aleishatym
Aleishatym

My hair is dirty blonde and I dyed it red but it turned out as a ginger colour. I want to dye it a darker red. My hair is kind of thick and the ends feel dead but they were dead before. How long is the best time to wait?

lem23799
lem23799

My hair is now a dark red and honestly I regret it, dying your hair bright red is hard so I'd get it done by a hairdresser, I went bright red twice and it faded ginger because you have to do do it about 3 or 4 times for it to stick, I had mine done in the space of 3 weeks, I have never regretted going red ever but this colour made me come home and cry about it so, you might like it but it can go wrong and a colour you don't want.

PinoyJunkie
PinoyJunkie

My hair is a dark brown, thick, healthy, and had  peek-a-boo caramel highlights (Done professionally) . Last night I dyed my hair with a L'Oreal Burgundy. However it only gave me a hint of red which appears when in sunlight, and this is not the result I wanted. I wanted a black cherry look that was subtle but vibrant. My question is what at home brand will give me what I want and how long should I wait?

DenitsaYuliyanova
DenitsaYuliyanova

Well I dyed my blue/turquoise hair brown a few weeks ago (Exam session) and it ended up in a total mess: black/brown with many many green(evil green) parts inside. Also it dried out a little but the ends are pretty fine so far. I used to have really smooth hair, even after bleaching a few times...now I would really love to get my hair back to a blonde that absorbs crazy colors as blue, orange etc.

How should I do this?

KittyHassan
KittyHassan

I just dyed my hair blonde on Tuesday but have relized its to bright for me. how long do I have to wait befor I can dye it a darker color like brown or red?

hannahjshipp
hannahjshipp

I dyed my hair about six months ago to a nice black colour, and just yesterday went to the salon to get the color stripped and to go blonde. They stripped the colour well, but dyed my hair a dark auburn brown instead of blonde. I need the blonde for a job in four days, is it safe to go to box blonde in a day or so?

JazminMcIntire
JazminMcIntire

@hannahjshipp  NO!!! NEVER USE BOX DYE FOR BLONDE. EVER! Do not shampoo or wash your hair before bleaching. If anything get some deep conditioner and only condition, or use coconut oil. Bleach the color out, if you have healthy hair bleach it out, if you want the lightest blonde bleach it out twice- twice! Then go out and pick the blonde you want from Sally's or another beauty supply store. Buy Wella, that's what worked for me and buy 20 developer with it. Then tone your hair. If your hair is orange, go for a blue toner if it is yellow, go for a violet. Buy semi permanent if you want the option for it to fade so you can dye back to brown later, go for permanent if you want to be blonde for awhile.Then apply the toner first to the yellowest/orangest parts of your hair, do your roots (all in sections mind you), then pull through and saturate all of your hair, rinse and condition with a deep conditioner. Boom, beautiful blonde. It will cost about 40-50 dollars (still cheaper then a salon), and the upkeep is about twenty every two months for your roots. The only box dye I would suggest is just to get it bleached before a tone, you can use a high lift dye by Ferria L'Oreal (very platinum.) It works well, if you don't want the damage bleach will do, your hair has to be light enough already though. If you are naturally dark, just go the whole nine and use the bleach and developer from sally's either blue or violet.YET AGAIN, NO BOX DYE FOR BLONDE. Only use box dye for the dark colors, never, never, never for blonde- it will come out looking like crap every time.