Can you dye your hair right after cutting it? Yes, here’s why

dye after cutting

  • The answer is definitely yes! It’s a good idea to dye your hair right after cutting it.
  • I say this even though some stylists do exactly the opposite: cut hair right after dyeing it.
  • But, in my opinion, the best way to use a hair dye is immediately after cutting your hair.
  • If you want to know what the benefits of dyeing hair after cutting it are, stick around and keep reading to find out the answer.


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Are you looking for a new look?

Are you planning to cut and dye your hair and you were wondering what order you should do it in?


Well, like I told you, it’s best to cut your hair and then dye it.

In this article, we’re going to do a deep dive into the benefits of dyeing your hair right after cutting it. Let’s get into it!

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Benefits of dyeing hair right after cutting it, based on what you want to achieve

dye gray hair after cutting

Are you dyeing your hair because you’re hoping to change your look?

Or do you just need to hide some gray at your roots?

Let’s take a look at what the benefits are for dyeing your hair right after cutting it in each case.


Hiding gray

If you cut your hair right before covering your gray roots, you don’t have to worry.

The only place the dye will touch in this case is the growth at your roots, as in, where the gray is growing in.

The rest of your hair will stay the same.


Changing your look

If you’re going to change your look, even if it’s kind of a big change, you shouldn’t worry about if you cut your hair right before dyeing it.

A benefit is that you won’t waste the dye and your hair will be fully healthy to receive the new color.

If you were thinking about getting a whole new style beyond coloring it, then you also shouldn’t worry if you’ve already cut your hair.


By cutting your hair right before dyeing it, you can be sure you won’t have any surprises about the new style and the new color will go perfectly with your new haircut.


2 extra benefits of cutting your hair right before dyeing it

cutting bleached hair before dyeing

Are you seeing it yet?

Even though many hair stylists cut hair after dyeing it, the right way to do it is to cut before dyeing.



  • Cutting your hair before dyeing it will help you make sure you have the exact right color throughout all of your hair.
  • Doing a color job on healthy hair is entirely different from doing it on worn out hair or unhealthy hair. That’s because the colors are usually different in unhealthy, porous hair.


Porous or dry hair? Best to cut it and then dye it

cut ends dry hair

If your hair is dry or porous and you cut it before using the dye, you’ll have the advantage of having gotten rid of some of your split, dry or porous ends.

Like I said at the beginning, getting rid of the “bad” part of your hair will make sure the color turns out perfectly from root to end.

I would even go so far as to say that dyeing worn out or dry hair doesn’t have any kind of advantages.


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How to prepare your hair before dyeing it

hydrate colored hair

You know that you’ve made the right decision by cutting your hair before you dye it.

So, now I want to tell you how else you should continue to prepare your hair before using the dye.


 Even if your hair feels super soft and light after getting it cut, before dyeing it, it’s going to need a shock of moisture. 

This way if you hydrate it then cut it, your hair will be perfectly prepared to receive the new color.


What is the right treatment for preparing your hair before dyeing it?

The haircut has renewed your ends and perhaps now your hair is much softer and lighter.

If you want to keep it this way, I’ll give you a two-step solution.


By doing so, you’ll give your hair some time to produce the natural oils it usually has to “grease” your hair.

In this case, that grease will act as a barrier to protect your hair from the dye.


  • During your last wash before using the dye you should do a hydrating treatment.

You can do it using a hydration mask or cream.


The disadvantage to a one-time mask, then of course, it will just last for one use.

On the other hand, if you invest in a good, professional hydration cream, you can keep using it in your care routine.

A hydrating cream is a good investment. Besides, it’s a great way to keep your hair healthy and shiny.


When is it a good idea to cut your hair after dyeing it?

cut split ends with sharp scissors

It’s only a good idea to cut your hair after dyeing it when you need to bleach your hair.

Whether that’s because you’re getting highlights or going to get another treatment that’s rough on your hair.


 That means, that if you’re going to bleach your hair, even if it’s a relatively simple bleach job, it’s inevitable that the ends of your hair are going to suffer   (how much will depend on the state of your hair before bleaching it).

In those cases, your stylist will need to cut a few inches off the end, where the hair was damaged by bleaching it.


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Conclusion: first cut, then dye

If you had any questions about the process for dyeing your hair, they should be answered: First you cut your hair, then you dye it.

In this article, I’ve told you why it’s a good idea to cut before you dye and now you know that there are many benefits to doing so: you can save on the dye product and your hair will be healthy enough to receive the new color.


Like I warned you at the end, the exception to this rule is when you bleach your hair. When you bleach it it, it’s best to cut your hair afterward.

I hope this information has been helpful! And that you’re able to use it on your precious locks!

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