Does Clarifying Shampoo Remove Hair Dye or Ruin Your Color?

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Are you thinking about using a clarifying shampoo on your dyed hair, and you’re worried it might ruin your color?


  • If it has been more than five days since you dyed your hair, you can use clarifying shampoo without worrying that it will ruin your color.


  • Now, if you dyed your hair today, you should let at least five days pass so your color sets in definitively. If you don’t, then you’re running the risk that the shampoo might ruin your color.

You must let five days go by to be able to use a clarifying shampoo. If not, what your hair fibers haven’t absorbed in that time will go down the drain.

And when your hair dries, you’ll find that your hair color is uneven or it’s different from the color you had when you left the salon.


 So, to be clear: if it has already been five days since you dyed your hair, you can use clarifying shampoo. If five days haven’t gone by, wait until they have. 


  • Now I want to tell you why you need to be very careful when using a clarifying shampoo on dyed hair.
  • And I’ll also give you a few tips, so you don’t ruin your color when you finally decide to use it.


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What is clarifying shampoo used for, and why can it ruin dyed hair?

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First, I want to clarify something important.

What’s known as clarifying shampoo in the United States is sometimes called deep cleansing shampoo in other countries.

But, for this article, we’re going to continue calling it clarifying shampoo.

What is clarifying shampoo, and why should you be careful when using it?


 You should use clarifying shampoo when you want to eliminate the accumulation of residue from your hair. It’s mostly made with detergents, unlike traditional shampoos, which besides detergents, also include keratin, perfume, etc. 


Since it is an almost pure detergent, it’s much stronger than traditional shampoo. That’s why you can use it to do a deep clean on your hair.

  • Most shampoos are 60% detergent, 20-30% cream, and/or keratin, and the rest is perfume and colorant.
  • Clarifying shampoo is 80% detergent and 20% colorant/perfume.


So, can you imagine what using a product like that would do to recently colored hair?


 Clarifying shampoo would get rid of everything in one fell swoop, both the residue on your hair and the remains of color that haven’t settled in yet. 

Have you ever washed the dishes before?


Well, you probably used a detergent. Detergent is what lets you remove the grease from plates and silverware.

Now imagine using this same detergent, but on recently dyed hair. What happens when you wash your hair with clarifying shampoo is similar.


The color should have settled in by five days after dyeing, and, at that time, you could go ahead and use clarifying shampoo. But is it indispensable? Can’t you wait a little bit longer?


If you can wait more than five days to wash your hair with clarifying shampoo, I’d recommend that you wait.


Let’s say that you do use the clarifying shampoo on your hair. What precautions should you take before using it?


Precautions for using a clarifying shampoo on dyed hair

  • Let at least five days pass after dyeing your hair
  • Don’t use clarifying shampoo more than once a week
  • Rinse your hair with a lot of water after washing it with clarifying shampoo until the water runs clean
  • If you dry your hair with a blow dryer, use a heat protecting spray before doing so
  • If you’ve recently done a cream treatment, don’t wash your hair with clarifying shampoo because it will also clean off the remnants of the moisturizer



So, now, you know.

Wait at least five days after dyeing your hair to use a clarifying shampoo.

If you don’t, your beautiful color could go down the drain. And with it, the money you spent on your new look.


Do you still have questions? Are you unsure if you can use clarifying shampoo on your hair? Are you afraid that the shampoo will eliminate or ruin your color?

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