Can I Rinse My Hair the Day After Coloring it? If so, how to rinse it correctly?

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It’s not a good idea to rinse your hair the day after having it colored. The best thing is to wait for at least 48 hours.

That said, I want to ask you: Why do you want to rinse your hair the day after dying it?

  • Is your hair staining your clothes?
  • Does your hair feel heavy or look dull?


If you responded yes to either of these two questions, it’s very possible that you haven’t rinsed the color mix out well enough.

 In only this instance can you rinse your hair the day after dying it. 


Don’t worry—your color won’t be ruined at all. You just need to get rid of the excess dye.

  • Do you know why your hair keeps giving off-color even after having removed the dye mix?
  • Do you want to know how to rinse your hair off in the right way to remove the leftover dye?


Here, I’ll tell you that and much more.

Stick around!


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Why does your hair keep losing color?

Color mixes often contain an excess of pigment, or your hair doesn’t need the amount they have.

Your hair loses color because the fibers have already absorbed as much pigment as they can, and the rest is released.


After you allow the dye to set in and rinse your hair, the color that you see coming off in the water is the pigment that your hair couldn’t absorb or the excess of dye.

It’s for this reason that after applying dye and rinsing it, your hair continues to release color.


 Therefore, you must rinse your hair correctly so that the leftover pigments don’t stain your clothes, skin, or even your pillows. 

As with everything in life, extremes are never good.

To what am I referring to this?


It’s really difficult to rinse platinum blonde dye—just as difficult as it is to rinse black dye.

  • With platinum blonde, the water will always seem transparent when you’re rinsing your hair.
  • With black dye, on the other hand, although the water will run clean, several days later you’ll still be staining everything black.

Don’t lose hope!


This is normal. You just need to rinse your hair again.

The best thing is to wait 48 hours after having applied the dye before washing your hair.

But, under these special circumstances, you can rinse it beforehand.


 Another exception to the rule is if your hair is dull or heavy. If it’s this way, it means you still have some of the mix leftover in your hair. 

In this case, you should definitely rinse out the mix that’s still in your hair.

What happens if you don’t rinse out all of the color mix?


You’ll be losing dye and leaving stains everywhere. And, of course, your hair will look dull and lackluster.

If this is your situation, rinse your hair without hesitation.


How to rinse your hair correctly?

If you want to rinse your hair out the day following the coloring, you should do it, but this time you’ll need shampoo and conditioner.

Do you know why?


The reason is very simple.

If your hair was badly rinsed, meaning that it still has leftover coloring mix, shampoo is the only way to get rid of it.

 The shampoo will help rid your hair of the heavy, dull look. 


Imagine that it’s like when your beloved jewelry becomes dull.

You apply a few drops of metal cleaner, and you shine it.

In this case, the shampoo would be like the metal cleaner.


 Once you’ve put in the shampoo, you should apply conditioner. 

Given that the coloring mix contains chemicals that can damage hair fiber, the conditioner will hydrate your hair and repair the damage inflicted.

So now you know, if you want your hair to look bright and shiny, you should rinse it with shampoo and conditioner.


Having said that, if your hair looks perfect but continues to stain your clothes, towels, and pillows, you should rinse your hair out several times that same day.

Do you know why?


When you wash your hair, the cuticles become hydrated, and they relax, meaning that the leftover pigment is released even faster.

It’s for this reason that it isn’t recommended to wash or rinse your hair until after 48 hours have passed since your coloring.

But obviously, you don’t want to keep staining everything.


So you should rinse your hair, with shampoo and conditioner, two times per day until your clothes or towel aren’t staining anymore.

The shampoo will help get rid of the excess dye faster.

This happens especially for darker tones like black, dark brown, or red, for light and dark shades of these colors.



Always remember to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when rinsing out the coloring mix.



If you notice that you continue to lose color over time, go to a salon so that the colorist can solve the problem without further damaging your hair.

Use shampoo and hydrating conditioner with keratin. This will always help to keep your hair healthy and shiny.

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