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.

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  • 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. With the help of this Miracle Deep Conditioner for dyed hair you’ll be able to dye your hair again sooner.

  • 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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127 comments
Hillary93
Hillary93

How can I get light brown hair without bleach

Justus2016
Justus2016

I box dyed my hair blck 5&1/2 weeks ago but i want to do it silver how long do i need to wait before i can do it?

XVI
XVI

olaplex no.2 is a must it will save your hair!

XVI
XVI

Hello, it's been almost a year since I posted. After I went blood and the person damaged my hair! I waited 5 months before going back to dark brown. My hair was so damaged and I was so scared to put anything else in it. What helped me save my hair was, applying coconut oil after leaving the salon I literally left it on my hair for 4 to 5 days without washing my hair. I honestly thought my hair was going to fall off, it felt like a rubber band when I wet a lil part of it. I bought special shampoo for damaged hair, And my 1st wash I Applied olaplex in my wet hair, left it over night every time. (Rap in plastic) I did this every time I washed my hair (3 times a week). In the morning I would just wash off the olaplex no.2 apply anti-breakage solution and let my hair air dry. I didn't put any heat for five months! & please your brush your hair very carefully and applied anti-breakage solution. After I felt my hair was stronger I got my hair colored back to dark brown, 1st she applied red to help hold the color. Thankfully the color did hold & didn't wash off too much! After 2-3 months I colored my hair again to a darker brown. My hair felt so dry every time I would color it. Haven't touched my hair since. My hair isn't 100% healthy but it's growing fast and looks healthy. I just know how it felt before and it's not the same, but I'm thankful I was able to save it!

SianCorbett
SianCorbett

My hair is breaking from bleach damage but its been breaking for about 4months now I've been using keritin shampoo and conditioner constantly so I can dye my hair again and nothing is changing should I just dye it anyway I don't think it'll make a massive difference if its already broken

deeps09
deeps09

Hi..I have dark brown hair. last week i got blonde highlights on the crown but didnt turn out as expected.

So i applied henna on my hair after 3 days of highlighting, which turned my highlights orange.

Please suggest should i redye my hair or wait for a month?

I have have to attend a marriage next month.

Gigi1128
Gigi1128

Hi i just dyed my hair yesterday i have brown hair and i dyed it blonde came out like a orange ash!! Wanted to know if i can dye my hair brown today!! Looks horrible😭 Would it damage my hair will it fall out or something?

AliceSmith4
AliceSmith4

I just dyed my hair on Christmas and accidentlyish washed it the day after and now its fading, I go back to work/school next Tuesday, and I really want to recolor it the same color asap so it will look like it did when I first colored it, then I would actually wait like I was supposed to but can I recolor it now? or do I really have to wait 4 weeks?

Magstrant1
Magstrant1

I did a violet toner with 20 volume on my hair and it did not lift it pretty much at all I didn't drive so it would take color better it's now damp can I do it again right away just on my route I'm fading it into the purple at the bottom of my hair

choooco20
choooco20

I want to get my brown hair pink , so I tried dying it blond first to get the results I wanted .. but I didnt get a blond color it was an ligh orangy brown shade , so I thought the next step is to bleach it to get results . But my question is how long should I wait to bleach my Freshly dyed hair?

denissarg
denissarg

I recently dye my hair and put highlights  didn't come out as expected too light has a orange/ red color too it on the roots was a brownish color any ideas ?

Moanalot
Moanalot

Yesterday I got purple highlights in my hair but you can barely see them? What's the next step and when can I redye it so it's easily visible

cyq
cyq

Went to my hairstylist 2 weeks ago, wanted to re-dye the same ash brown colour i did previously but it came out a darker brown than my previous and natural hair color. Really want to re-dye or bleach it but I'm afraid i may damage it ): How long should i wait before I re-dye/bleach it? Please help ! Thank you :)

DeniseWASblondeb4
DeniseWASblondeb4

Last night I dyed my hair and the color in the box was COMPLETELY WRONG. I am naturally light blonde and wanted to cover the greys at my roots and throughout my hair; my hair is still mostly blonde. I went with L'Oréal's les blondissemes. The box was not tampered with ( the tape and box were intact ), but it's definitely the wrong color. I now have chestnut brown hair with red highlights! It's driving me absolutely nuts that it's dark, because my hair has been so light. I don't dye my hair but every 4 months, when can I get this wretched looking, dark color off my head and back to my light blonde? ? I CANNOT wait until Monday to find out from L'Oréal. Need help ASAP. .... thank you for your time.

NanOwen
NanOwen

@DeniseWASblondeb4 I did the same thing last weekend.  I can't STAND this color another day.  I bought a box of my regular light blonde and I'm planning on doing it again tomorrow.  Did you fix yours??  My hair did NOT turn out like the picture on the box and I think it looks horrible.  

KasperWilliams
KasperWilliams


I have natural hair!


I have a shaved head (set on a ''3'' as a matter of fact) and I dye my hair about 2-3 times a year. Once I dye my hair I allow it to grow out into my little curly fro until I have about a half inch of roots then I shave my hair off again leaving only my virgin hair(no dyed hair is ever left). Once I get it shaved I wait about a week or two then redye my hair a new color(s). Is this safe? Am I damaging the regrowth of my hair? and when I ask this I mean will it possibily damage my new grown hair/scalp making it harder to grow my hair out?

Birdbath
Birdbath

I naturally have copper Hair but my eyebrows are a ash brown so I decided to box dye it and it turned out to dark. My mom says she will book a appointment to get it propecinally dyed I'm wanting to go for a light ash brown but I've done that before and it turned out orange with a little light brown so I'm wondering if I should dye my hair this early (I dyed it yesterday) and how to fix my copper that's in my hair

Birdbath
Birdbath

My hair is very strong and very healthy and I've bleached and dyed it many times before

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!

ShiraKay
ShiraKay

I'll depends on your hair type, if it gets damaged easily wait a few days and make sure to deep condition your hair and use leave in conditioner. If your hair is strong, I have dyed my hair twice in the same day because I had the same issue as you but I all depends on your hair type. I use L'Oreal color protecting shampoo that that does not contain sulfate which strips color from your hair and can actually dry it out. So find a deep conditioner and use it once a week if you're going to dye it again right after. Also just another tip, I died my hair black 10 years ago and it has taken me this long to finally get the black out of my hair because I didn't want to strip or bleach it which will definitely ruin your hair. I ended up using lighteners instead. Anyway hope that helps but if you're going to dye it again right after try a semi permanent darker color and make sure to condition and keep your hair protected from heat as much as possible.

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.

RachelMayDeanne
RachelMayDeanne

@Trish_marie0025 I just did the same thin, only I am not yet platinum... I'm a bleach blonde.  Ultimately, I want to be a buttery vanilla blonde.   I went and grabbed a box of oops hair color fixer.  It took out the orange, but my roots were bright yellow.  I toned it with a mix of Wella T18 and T15 but only left if on for about 15 mins. My hair went back to what it was.

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.