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 Moisturizing Deep 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?

 

80 comments
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

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.

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?

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.

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.

SDgirl75
SDgirl75

@ashley_74  Red is the hardest color to keep "fresh" because of the red molecule or something. You can use shampoos/conditioners that have red color depositing. There's also some protein filler I've heard about...I've never used it, but you might want to check that out. Maybe try to extend your shampoo days out even longer? I also dye my hair red. :) Good luck!

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