Hair dye bleeds and stains the pillow, what can I do? 9 tips to fix it

stained by dyed hair

You colored your hair, but it’s still bleeding dye.

How do you get the color bleeding to stop?

Here are 9 tips that will help you stop ruining pillowcases and towels.

  • Use professional hair dyes.
  • Don’t use hot water to wash your hair.
  • Wash and care for your hair with specific products for colored hair.
  • Wash your hair two days after coloring it.
  • Don’t go to bed with wet hair.
  • Color only the roots.
  • Use permanent hair dyes (avoid temporary dyes or hair glazes)
  • Protect your pillow from intense colors by using plastic wrap.
  • Seal the cuticle.


1) Use professional hair dyes

hairdresser applied a dye too dark

When choosing a hair dye, go for the top brands. The better the quality of the product, the longer the color will last and the longer it’ll stay in your hair.

 Avoid using poor-quality dyes  because the artificial pigments have less staying power than those made with advanced technologies.


2) Don’t wash your hair with hot water

Try not to rinse your hair with hot water after you color it.


Instead, use lukewarm water for the following two washes.

This has a reason:  Hot water opens the cuticles, and hair dye begins to bleed and stain your towels and pillowcase,  especially if you go to bed with damp hair.


3) Use specific care products for color-treated hair

shampoo to wash hair immediately after coloring

When you color your hair, you should use specific products to wash and condition it.

In this case, you should choose the range for colored or color-treated hair.


 Usually, a lack of hydration prevents the hair from retaining the hair dye. Then, it may bleed and stain the sink, the towels, or the pillows.  Now you know. Add extra care to your colored hair and moisturize to prevent dye bleeding.


4) Wait for two days to wash your hair after you color it

wash with sulfate-free shampoo

After coloring your hair, some intense colors tend to fade faster.

Wait for two days to wash your hair for the color to settle in. This way, you’ll avoid pigments washing out and staining your pillowcase.


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5) Don’t go to bed with wet hair

If your hair dye is bleeding on your pillow, avoid going to bed with wet hair.

When washing your hair at night, blow-dry it till it’s dry. This will prevent your colored hair from staining your pillow. Alternatively, if you can’t blow dry it, get an old pillowcase and use it during those days.


6) Touch-up only your roots

dye hair at home

When your roots grow and you need to dye your hair again, apply the hair dye only to the roots. This way, you’ll avoid coloring all your mane every month.


Touching up your roots prevents the product from saturating and accumulating in your hair. Did you know that hair can absorb products up to a limit?

Then, the hair dye that doesn’t settle in will be expelled and stain your pillow.


7) Avoid temporary hair dyes or color glazes

violet and pink over bleached hair

Remember that semi-permanent or temporary hair dyes tend to wash out faster than temporary ones.

Therefore, to prevent your hair from staining everything, you could consider using a permanent hair dye.


8) Protect your pillow from intense colors with plastic wrap

Intense colors tend to fade the fastest of all unnatural dye colors. You’ll notice it when you go to bed with wet hair and your pillow gets completely stained.

Then, try to avoid it, especially if you dye your hair reddish, black, or any other intense shade.


Dark colors or unnatural shades tend to stain more than natural hair tones.


9) Seal the cuticle

After coloring, remember to use an acidic product to close the cuticle that has been opened by coloring.


Acidic products are used in salons after a color service.

They seal the cuticle and help keep the dye from bleeding and staining your pillow.



Not all hair dyes tend to stain during the first few washes. Also, some shades may stain more than others.


There’s not only one reason why your hair may be staining your pillow.

There can be several reasons at the same time: the shampoo you use, the condition of your hair, the color you apply and the way you do it, as well as the quality of the hair color.

The tips above may help you avoid this problem from now on. Go through the nine tips one by one, and I’m sure you’ll find the solution to avoid staining your pillow. Cheer up!

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