Hair coloring, whether done at home or at the hairdresser, usually turns out nicely, but there’s always the possibility of a bad dye job. Most people don’t want to end up with hair like a fuzzy yellow chick or orange like a clown wig.
There are some things people believe about hair dying that may or may not be true. Let’s look at six commonly held beliefs about hair coloring to see if they hold up to scrutiny.
Myth or Truth: Wait for 24 Hours After Dying to Wash Your Hair
True. Even if you really want to wash your hair, better take your time. Or, in the worst cases, at least, use a dry shampoo. Hairdressers don’t recommend washing dyed hair for the first 24 hours because the new color needs to adapt and stick while washing might actually remove the hue, gloss and other elements that make your hair colorful. It’s best to remain patient for a day before washing.
Myth or Truth: Don’t Color Your Hair During That Time of the Month
Myth. This is one of the most popular myths, which can be found online, too. Nobody knows why it spread, but it’s apparently associated with the idea that because of hormonal changes, hair supposedly does not absorb dye as well, or the color won’t look right afterward. However, there is nothing to fear – according to experts, this is completely untrue, and you can dye your hair whenever you want, at any time of the month.
Myth or Truth: Don’t Use a Dry Shampoo Before Coloring
True, at least partially. Dry shampoo can work pretty amazingly after hair dying, but you should probably skip using it right before your appointment at the hair salon. Some dry shampoos can prevent the hair from absorbing color completely. Some specialists believe that dry shampoos containing wax are the ones to stay away from prior to coloring.
Myth or Truth: Redheads are More Likely to See Hair Color Fade More Quickly
True. Some hair specialists agree that the red dye molecules are larger than others. Therefore, they may not penetrate into the interior of the hair, remaining closer to the surface instead. For this reason, the red hair color tends to wash off a bit more quickly than other types of hair dye. It’s something to keep in mind if you ever plan to use hair color in a shade of red.
Myth or Truth: Special Shampoos for Colored Hair are Just a Marketing Gimmick
Myth. Special shampoos for colored hair generally work well to help prevent premature fading of dyed hair. Shampoos made without sulfates or parabens work best for dyed hair, and such options are easy to find at grocery stores, drug stores and big box retailers.
For example, at Target you can find many popular hair care brands like OGX, Pantene and Garnier, and don’t forget the Target discount codes. Investing in a good shampoo for colored hair can indeed improve your long-term results.
Myth or Truth: Wash Your Hair Immediately Before Dying
Myth. Actually, dirtier hair – hair retaining some natural oils – helps protect the scalp from irritation as a result of hair coloring. It’s best to color when the hair hasn’t been washed for a day or even two.
How About You?
What other myths or truths can you think of relating to hair coloring? Do you color your own hair or rely on a beautician? Do you agree with these myths/truths?
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