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 Leave-In Conditioner.
  • 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?

 

 

49 comments
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?

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.

Lilscoop
Lilscoop

I am a natural dirty blonde or light brown.  Over the years, my hair color as darkened more and now the grey is also apparent.  Last night I used Naturtint's 8N Wheat Germ Blonde and ended up with auburn light brown (like an orange light brown - and on top of my head it even looks lighter....like an orange/light blonde - Horrible!).  This product has no ammonia.  They also sell an 8A - Ash Blonde.  If I want to darken my hair up and get rid of the orange so it can be a dark blonde (or even light brown) getting rid of the now present Orange, should I use this 8A Ash Blonde to achieve this?  (Dark blonde or light brown - getting rid of the now present orange color.)  If an Ash Blonde color is not what is needed to reverse what I've done last night to a dark blonde/light brown, which would you recommend?  I don't know a lot about hair products so if you could be specific if another recommended route.

Secondly, how soon can I repeat the procedure with another color (presumably the 8A - Ash Blonde?)?  I've read if I'm going darker I don't need to wait, but I've also read it is harmful to hair to recolor it too soon and my hair is very fine and delicate.  Thank you so much! Really quite desperate here!

jessie429p
jessie429p

I just dyed my hair to a yellowish blonde (which was not what I wanted) with the Ion Color Brilliance, the liquid and developer mixed together. Is it okay to re-color my hair to get it more to a whitish blonde, being that I dyed it from a brown color to blonde, in a day or two? 

bigbootylizzy
bigbootylizzy

how lomg do you have to wait until you can dye your hair again i dyed my hair on highlights but when i first dyed it my hair was more blonde but now it kinda faded it away and i want to redye my a dark color like brown i need some help 😩😩

norwegianicequeen
norwegianicequeen

@bigbootylizzy  My demicolor says wait two weeks. Demi color is the best  because it does not damage Your hair further and give a good coverage for about two months. It washes out very gradually so you dont have to worry about the harsh line at the root showing. Demicolor is not a brand its a dye type that only lift the Outer Shell on Your hair and then lodge coloring under the Shell temporary. Permanent dye swell the Whole hair and change the color from within. An ashy color will correct any red in Your hair. You cannot dye Your hair lighter With demi color.

ashley_74
ashley_74

So I dyed my hair about a week and a half ago i was a dark brown color, i changed to a dark cherry red. the color has began to fade very fast i can see where it has washed out and where I had blond at about 3 months ago. I get my dye from sally's always have why is my color fading s quickly? I wash my hair in cold water and wash it about every 2 days using dry shampoo in between washing. Someone help.

mrstfs3
mrstfs3

@Time_Mofo. So dyed my hair today dark red brown and the box said ammonia free. My hair looks purplish. I don't like my hair so I want to dye it over with dark brown and the box says ammiona free. Can I do it the same day without damaging my hair? I also have a perm in my hair. Will this ruin my perm too? It was a semi-permanent dye.

Time_Mofo
Time_Mofo

You can dye the brown over it. But I wouldn't recomend dying it a third time in the same day. I'm not too familiar with perms so I don't know if the dye will affect that or not. Follow up with a deep conditioning, and let it air dry naturally. You can accualy deep condition with by putting normal condidioner in wet hair and wrapping it up in a towl for one hour then rinse with cool water. It does the same trick as any other top line deep conditioner does. Wish you luck. :)

norwegianicequeen
norwegianicequeen

Colors usually look different on perms. I remember my granny also had a perm and claimed to use brown dye but it always looked an awful dirty orange. She looked much better when she stopped and just let it go white. It looked much fuller and healthier.

mrstfs3
mrstfs3

So dyed my hair dark red brown and the box said ammonia free. I don't like my so I want to dye it over with dark brown and the box say ammiona free. Can I do it the same day with hurting my hair? I also have a perm in my hair. Will this ruin my perm too? It was a semi-permanent dye.

alijaaane
alijaaane

So Two days ago I went to the HD with really healthy, dark brown ashy hair with ashy highlights. I just wanted a trim and to make touch up colour. The HD said she had this hair die that goes on a purple colour but washes off ash blonde. Long story short my blonde bits were now bright purple! She said to go home and scrub with bicarb soda (Which I did all night) and the purple faded but...it was not pretty. Went to a different hairdressers and she put a toner through it...... which turned blue and grey. She said she didn't want to die it brown because blonde would be hard to get back to blah blah blah. When I got home I was so over it and at breaking point so I went out , bought a box set of chocolate brown and died my whole head. It turned out okay. It's a lot better then grey and blue anyways... Just really dark. My concern is though the bits that were once blonde are now a really dark green colour.... It's really gross. My hair does feel pretty dead but i don't really want to be walking around with green hair ya know. Any suggestions? I can't even cut it all off because the blond (well now green) is up to my scalp. Any suggestions. It's so annoying because it wasn't even a home job :( I payed people to destroy my hair :(

norwegianicequeen
norwegianicequeen

Semi permanent with red tones to neutralize the green. Coconut oil to repair because it has proteins in it.

Braids or hats to hide it until you can get it cut. Or a wig :)

Simply_Me_77
Simply_Me_77

I just dyed my hair red tonight and it didn't come out red like it has before and I'm now wanting to dye it black. Just curious can I do it later this week? I have very long VERY thick hair and hate the color it is now :-/

Time_Mofo
Time_Mofo

Black goes over any color. You can dye it whenever you want and it won't hurt it

Dinosaursarebae
Dinosaursarebae

I dyed my hair blonde but it didn't work, would it be fine to re try dyeing it (with a different dye) the next day?

LaurenK2015
LaurenK2015

I recently dyed my hair earlier last week with Loreal preference mousse to try and have a lighter shade of blonde. I went to the hair salon yesterday and my stylist thinned out my hair a lot so now it's even darker. Is it okay for me to dye my hair again this week using the same product?

cnp13a
cnp13a

About a week ago my hair was a brown auburn color, however my natural hair color is a very light brown, almost blonde. Wanting to get back to that, I took Color Oops to it hoping it would take out most of the red and allow it to be lighter. The Color Oops definatly made it lighter, but added an orange hint to my hair. After that, I dyed it a shade of very light blonde (lighter than I wanted) and it ended up coming out darker than it was after the Color Oops.. ( a light brown with a hint of red and blonde). While I'm not sure why this happened, it has now been two days and I want to attempt at a lighter shade once again. I know it's not the healthiest thing for your hair, but I have all the proper protein strengthening conditioner that is recommended to use. My question is, why did my hair not take to the blonde the first time? And do you think it will work if I try again?

JazminMcIntire
JazminMcIntire

@cnp13a  It didn't take to the blonde because you died it red before. To properly get to blonde you must bleach color out. You have to go lighter, and dye does not lift, only bleach does.The color you have will just continue to mix with whatever you put in, and you will get an ugly result if you continue. For blonde you never want to use box dye. Bite the bullet and shell out forty bucks. I would say bleach, and since you have so much dye already, bleach again. Not only do you have to get past the natural color at the base, but you have to get past the dye too. So bleach twice. Give your head a day or two to rest if you want, or if you have damaged hair, and then tone it the color blonde you desire. I use Wella toner with the twenty developer. Use permanent if you want it close to your natural, and just want your natural to blend while you grow your hair out again. Use semi permanent if you want to let it fade and want the option to dye it another color. NEVER use box dye for blonde, ever ever.

ChisaLeicht
ChisaLeicht

I recently just went red. And before that I had to bleach my hair in order for the red to be vibrant. I got the manic panic stain red. And it worked. After a week it faded too much. So I got a real perminant red color. Lets just say I went IN the shower with REDDER hair than when I got out. I am wondering why didn't my hair take in the red dye? Its red at the roots. But the long part totally turn orange. No red at all. I bleached it about 3 times before all this red. Is my hair too damaged to take in the red??

Time_Mofo
Time_Mofo

Hey Hon, Your hair is not

too damaged to take the red, red is honestly one of the hardest colors to keep, it fades in the first if not second wash. Try a different dye and don't wash your hair as often.

Bharmann
Bharmann

I just died my hair tonight using one of those foam ones... It turned a lot more red than it was suppose to and didn't really cover my roots that great. Can I redye it a dark brown this weekend?

BeckyDunne
BeckyDunne

This has happened to me I did a blonde brown colour and it has turned it pinkish and ginger I am in bits can I put a really light blonde on top as I was always blonde

Time_Mofo
Time_Mofo

@Bharmann Yes you can redye it. Dye does not damage your hair. Bleach does. Many people mistake this. You can dye it whatever color you wish as long as the dye is darker than what your hair is now and it should work just fine.

KimafulMontes
KimafulMontes

I dyed my hair a blue ombre(dark blue on top and a lighter shade of blue at the bottom) about 2-3 weeks ago and it turned green and is slowly turning blonde. My natural hair color is a dark brown, the hair lady that did it said my hair didn't get damaged when she bleached it but she obviously lied and it is horribly damaged and the dye didn't last. :( 

Time_Mofo
Time_Mofo

@KimafulMontes Ive had my hair blue forever. It depends on the color dye you bought. Manic panic is the most vibrant for blues. And you can redye it blue as many times as you want it WILL NOT damage your hair. Manic panic acts as a deep conditioner. Ive also heard directions colors work well and act as a conditioner while the blue dye colors the hair. Bleach however will damage it. If your hair is damaged from the bleach try not to wash your hair as often so you dont wash out your natural oils, (2-3x a week) it dries it out and it will save your color longer. If your really worried about the damage from bleach you can always use olive oil as a deep conditioner. apply it to your hair and let it sit for a few hours then rise off. Leaves it soft and shiney, it penetrates the hair shaft and repairs it better than any store bought conditioner can. Just make sure you wash it well with shampoo or it can leave your hair greasy. Hope this helps!

KristenLewis
KristenLewis

Actually unnatural colors like blues, pinks, oranges, and purples tends to fade exceptionally fast. They require frequent redyes. I currently have pink hair. It can be a pain to up keep

JCD41
JCD41

I did my hair three days ago magenta by loreal hi lift with a 20volume my hair was a deep Burgundyand now I don't like my hair its a little to read so I redid it two days after violet buy Loreal Feria still don't like my hair it's a little too bright what do you recommend for me to do

Thisisme184
Thisisme184

I dyed my hair from blonde to brown and it's the same color like wtf

ScottsPanda
ScottsPanda

I just did highlights in my hair and my hair is black.. but the highlights were blue and the blue was too dark and now u cant see it..... it just blends in... it was depressing so now i have to go get a BRIGHT blue and bleach and stuff and do it again tomorrow 

cory1959
cory1959

I dyed my hair and used 10%developer  I should have used 20%  Can I redye now using the proper developer  the 10% made it to dark  will using 20% make it lighter

cory1959
cory1959

I dyed my hair yesterday and used a 10 % developer by mistake  can I redye it using 20 % developer  and what will the result be  the 10 % made it to dark

TinaKSmith
TinaKSmith

well i dyed my hair blonde yesterday and found out that my boyfriend liked it brown better how long should i want till i dye it brown

unknown1920
unknown1920

I dyed mine last night bluest blue but its more jet black than anything. I want to redo it today with a stronger  developer. Is it too soon:? SN... im natural with a TWA

savanah292
savanah292

My hair is jet black and I tried dying it a burgandy color yesterday but it never came out. How long do I wait before trying again?

MariaMavilaHurtado
MariaMavilaHurtado

I have the same question! I just died mine right now and Im thinking of doing it again tomorrow. I dont see any color or mine. I may add that I am only dying the ends and plan to cut it off in a month or so

norwegianicequeen
norwegianicequeen

I had a natural neutral dark brown but it looked a bit washed out on top. I then colored it a really dark brown with red tones called chocolate. But that washed ME out so clearly it wasnt the most complimenting color for my skintone. Then I read that you can use ashy colors to correct red. Its been four weeks since last I dyed it so Im planning on recoloring mine tomorrow with a demi permanent ashy brown color. That will hopefully turn it a neutral dark brown. I read also that jet black looks nice with blue tones and ashy tones.

ccorzine
ccorzine

Two days ago I went to get my hair reverse highlights. My hair was a pretty strawberry blonds. Now my hair is like an ugly dull Ash blonde. I just want to put a color on it so I don't have to look at it. Because it's so dull at the ends I am thinking of putting coconut oil on the ends daily to see if it will condition it. How long do I have to wait before I can box color it?


LindaMartel
LindaMartel

I just dyed my hair deep purple and before i had brown hair with blonde streaks and i havent dyed it since December of last year..and i wanted to go darker but with a purplish tint but my hair didnt turn out like i wanted it to..and i want to re-do my hair but with the same hair color..and i just dyed it last week..i have really thick silky hair..soo the dye didnt get everything..how long do i wait to re-do it?

anniebell1
anniebell1

I had been dying my hair red for 2 years, generally would dye it every 3 months, they would dye my dark roots then just quickly touch up the ends with a different mixture and it was gorgeous every time. 


Recently I decided to go back to brown. They dyed it a daaarrrk brown, within 5 months it was faded to a weird light reddish brown. 


I dyed it myself with a box and went black.  (I am told now I left the box on to long, as since my hair had so much dye build up I didn't need the full 25 minutes)


I had it stripped a few weeks later then tinted brown. It again went way to dark.


I have been washing it every other day for 2 months now and it is going a dark auburn .. ugh.. I just want a nice brown brown!!

norwegianicequeen
norwegianicequeen

Try an ashy tone color. It might neutralize the red tones in the auburn and make it neutral. Thats what Im gonna do.