Why Does my Hair Dye Wash Out Every Time I Shower?

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Does every shower seem to wash out more of your hair color?


It’s normal to lose a little color when you wash your hair.

That being said, there’s a fine line between normal and abnormal, and that’s what we’re going to discuss here.  Losing a lot of hair dye when you wash your hair isn’t normal and is something to worry about. 

What are you doing wrong? Why do you lose so much hair dye when you wash your hair?


Today we’ll help you find the answer.

There are three fundamental reasons why women might be losing color when washing their hair:

  • You didn’t apply the hair dye correctly
  • You washed your hair right after dying with the wrong products
  • Your hair is washed too often and, to top it off, it’s often heat styled.


Now that you know the possible causes, why do you think your hair is losing color?

And more importantly, how can you fix it?


Once you know why your hair dye washes out in the shower, you can figure out how to fix it.


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Problem 1: Your Hair Was Not Dyed Correctly

apply the mixture before half an hour

This is the number one reason why hair dye washes out in the shower. And it doesn’t matter if you used a permanent or semi-permanent dye.

I cannot say it enough:  hair dye has to be applied according to the manufacturer’s instructions. 


If the instructions say not to mix the product in a metal container…

Then don’t! Mixing the product in a metal container alters how it works on your hair.


On the other hand, if the instructions say to let the dye process for forty minutes

Then wait forty minutes, even if your boyfriend is trying to rush you out the door. Hair dyes needs to process for a specific time to deposit the color in your hair.


 To fix this problem, just use the dye correctly next time. Carefully read the instructions, or look them up online. 

What’s the best way to apply the dye, so it doesn’t wash out when you wash it?


  1. Apply the product to your roots first.
  2. Let it sit for thirty minutes.
  3. Moisten the middle section and ends of your hair with a spray bottle, and use a comb to spread the hair dye all over your hair.
  4. Let it sit for ten or fifteen minutes, and then rinse it out with plenty of lukewarm water. Using lukewarm water is key. If you can stand cold water, all the better.
  5. Wash and conditioner your hair properly after waiting for seventy-two hours.


Problem 2: You Washed Your Hair Right After Dyeing It

Now it’s time to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. How long did you wait to wash your hair after dyeing it?

  • One hour
  • Twenty-four hours
  • Seventy-two hours


One hour? No wonder your color fades every time you shower. You have to wait at least seventy-two hours.

Keep your newly dyed hair far away from water for at least the first seventy-two hours.


This gives the cuticle time to close completely and trap the pigment inside.

How should you wash your hair after dying it?


It’s actually pretty easy to keep your hair from fading fast:

  • After dying your hair, wait three days to wash it
  • Invest in quality, sulfate-free products. Sulfates fade the color faster.


Problem 3: You Wash Your Hair Too Often

wait at least 72 hours

All extremes are bad, especially when it comes to hair.

Do you wash your hair every day?


It’s not only unnecessary, but it can also be detrimental to the health of your hair.

Washing dyed hair every two or three days should be more than enough to keep it clean.

This also gives your scalp enough time to produce natural oils that moisturize your hair while protecting it from external factors, such as pollution.


Do you have curly hair? Curly hair needs extra care because, while it absorbs moisture quickly, it loses moisture just as fast. Over-washing curly hair leads to faded color and dry hair.


On the other hand, if you have oily hair and can’t wait two or three days between shampoos, you can try a dry shampoo to keep it looking clean without washing it. This will keep it shiny and prevent your hair color from fading.

But washing your hair too often isn’t the only thing that can cause the color to fade.


  • Do you straighten your hair every day? Or curl it with a heat styling tool?

While you can use these products, there’s a fine line between use and abuse. Remember what I said a few seconds ago? All extremes are bad.


So, although no one will say you can’t straighten your hair, straightening it every day is simply too much Excessive heat is one of the worst enemies of dyed hair.

If you decide to use a heat styling tool, apply a thermal protectant to minimize the damage.


  • Do you get a lot of sun? Then I have a tip for you. I love summertime, the warmth of the sun, and we all like how we look with a Caribbean tan.

But, just like you protect your skin from UV rays, you should also protect dyed hair with sunscreen. There is an endless variety of hair products on the market to protect your hair when you’re at the pool or the beach.

And by the way, it never hurts to wear a hat. I have a whole collection in my wardrobe. They can add a touch of fun to a beach look.



As you can see, there are three reasons why your hair dye can fade when you wash it. But that doesn’t mean you can’t fix it.

Sometimes it’s just a matter of following the instructions, like the recommended processing time, more closely. Carefully follow the application instructions and let the dyeing process for the recommended time.

During other times you might just need to change up your hair care routine.


  • Don’t wash your hair for seventy-two hours after dying it, and when you do, use lukewarm water and sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners.
  • And try to avoid heat styling tools.


There are steps you can take to keep your hair color from fading every time you wash it.

What are you going to do to keep your hair color from washing out in the shower?

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