Can I Wash My Hair 48 Hours After Dyeing it? No, you can’t. Instead you should wait at least 72 hours

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  • You can’t wash your hair 48 hours after coloring it. Instead, you should wait at least 72 hours to wash it.
  • If you wash your hair 48 hours after coloring it, the color will fade and you’ll have to repeat the process two weeks later.
  • However, coloring your hair twice in less than fifteen days will dry out and weaken it.
  • Today, I’ll tell you how to wash your hair 72 hours after coloring it to keep the color longer.


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It’s crystal clear.

However, don’t get water on your hair, let alone shampoo.

 If you dyed your hair, you can’t wash it after 48 hours. 

You must wait at least 72 hours to wash it. In the meantime, the color settles in.

And I’ll tell you more about that later.


You should know that changing your hair color isn’t just a change of look. Changing hair color involves a chemical process.

And your hair suffers from it. Color-treated hair isn’t the same as virgin hair.


It’s like when you enjoy a few days at the beach. Your skin is permanently exposed to the sun’s rays. Therefore, it suffers and loses hydration.

And I imagine that what you do after a day at the beach is bathe and give your skin a good dose of hydration.


The same goes for your hair.
 When you color your hair, it needs recovery time and time for the color to settle.  Why?


What do you think will happen if you wash your hair right after coloring?

  • Do you think the color will stay bright?
  • Do you think the color will be faded?
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If you chose option 2, you got it right!

 If you wash your hair 48 hours after dying it, the color will fade and you’ll have to touch it up in two weeks. 


But I still have more to tell you about this, so I invite you to read on.


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Why you should wait 72 hours to wash your hair after dyeing it?

hair wash after dyeing
When you dyed your hair, you actually washed it for the first time after applying the dye. You rinsed out the excess dye and applied the post-color treatment.

That wash is essential to remove excess color and residue from your scalp. In the salon, I also rinse the dye out of my client’s hair for the same reason.


But before they leave the salon, I always tell them:  YOU HAVE JUST DYED YOUR HAIR. YOU CAN WASH IT DURING THE NEXT 72 HOURS! 

rinsing out the dye in the salon

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After you color your hair, color settling occurs during the following 72 hours.

After coloring your hair, your hair still works while you’re enjoying your Netflix series.

The cuticles are closed to retain the dye pigments.

 If you wash your hair 48 hours after coloring it, you’ll lose some of the color because the cuticles won’t be completely closed. 


Cuticles are like shields that prevent the sun and dirt from entering your hair fiber. But also, they retain moisture, nutrients, and of course dye pigments.

For the color to last longer, your cuticles must be closed. They close three days after coloring your hair.


You should also know how to wash your hair 72 hours after coloring. And that’s what I’ll talk about next.


How to wash your hair 72 hours after coloring it

shampoo for colored hair
The first wash after the application is essential. The duration of the color and the shine of your hair will depend on it. Let’s go deeper into the important things.


Wash your hair with sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners

The shampoo label may also say “color-treated hair.” These shampoos are sulfate-free.

Why should you avoid sulfate products to wash your color-treated hair?


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Sulfates are detergents that fade color in a few washes. Shampoo manufacturers have launched complete lines of SULFATE-FREE products.


Wash your colored hair with lukewarm water.

It should be neither too hot nor too cold. Actually, the colder the water, the better.

On the other hand, if you wash your colored hair with very hot water, the cuticles will open and the color will fade.

What’s the ideal temperature?


Your scalp will tell you.  The ideal temperature is when you get into the shower and the water on your scalp feels cold.  

It means that the water has less temperature than your hair, therefore, your cuticles are closed.


Wash your color-treated hair like a real PRO

 You should never apply shampoo to the roots and rub it into the rest of your hair. It causes breakage.

What you should do is wash your colored hair as we do in the salon.

  • Wet your hair with water at the coldest temperature you can stand, for two or three minutes.
  • Place a strawberry-sized amount of shampoo in the palm of your hand and rub your palms together.
  • Apply the shampoo with both hands to the lengths and ends. Massage gently.
  • Then, rinse your hair thoroughly.
  •  Reapply shampoo to the roots and massage to the ends. 
  • Rinse your hair so there are no traces of shampoo left.
  • Place some conditioner in the palm of your hand.
  • Rub your palms together to activate it and apply to lengths and ends leaving it on for at least three minutes.
  • Rinse your hair with lukewarm water and then run cold water for one minute.
  • Remove excess water gently with a towel.



Hair should always be washed 72 hours after coloring. The color settles during those 72 hours. It’ll make the dye last longer, and you’ll need to renew it less often.

If you wash your hair 48 hours after coloring, some of the color will definitely fade.

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