How long does it take to dye hair brown? Between an hour and an hour and a half

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  • Dyeing your hair brown takes between an hour and an hour and a half.
  • The exact amount of time it takes will depend on how long your hair is, the kind of dye you use and your experience with dyeing your hair, among other factors.
  • If it’s the first time you’re dyeing your hair brown, I’d recommend going to a salon to make sure your color turns out even and uniform.

 

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 If you have experience with coloring your hair, you should be able to dye your hair brown without any big issues and in less time. 

 

Because you already have experience. And because I’m sure that if you dyed your hair before and things didn’t turn out exactly as planned, you probably learned from your mistakes.

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What could go wrong when you dye your hair brown?

 

woman dyeing hair brown

Well, pretty much an infinite number of things.

At the end of the day, if coloring hair were so easy, one of the most important classes when you study to become a hair stylist wouldn’t exist: hair coloring.

 

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It was even surprising to me when I was a student that the class covered so much.

Most people, including me at the time, think that dyeing your hair, whether brown or blonde, is simply mixing two ingredients together, then using them on your hair.

And,  a lot of people think it takes less than 15 minutes to change your hair color. 

 

But hair coloring is a science that is often dressed up as a pseudo-science within a color kit.

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And this pseudo-science can trick you easily if you don’t have experience dyeing your hair.

So, if you want to dye your hair brown and get an uniform color as a result, keep reading because I’ll tell you how long it takes you with a boatload of details on top.

If you have experience coloring you hair, you’ll take less time to dye your hair brown

woman dyes her hair with brush

So,  dyeing your hair brown will take about an hour. 

 

But if it’s the first time you’re dyeing your hair, the process will take you up to an hour and a half, or even a little more than that.

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Why does experience make such a difference in how long it takes?

 

Because, for example,  before dyeing your hair brown, you need to prepare your hair and that takes time, too. 

You need to section your hair into four parts and clip them back to be able to distribute the dye more easily and evenly.

 

When I put it like that, it sounds easy. But, wait until you’re trying to section your hair into four even parts without tangling your hair.

And it’s even harder if you hair curly or frizzy hair. So, it will take you longer to dye your hair brown.

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And those aren’t the only things that will make you take you longer.

Because very soon, you’re going to need to prepare the color mixture.

  •  If you choose a permanent dye , you’ll need to mix the developer with the tube of dye and stir the ingredients to form a uniform cream. That’s the only way you can be sure that your brown color ends up even.
  •  If you choose a semi-permanent dye , it might take you a little bit less time to dye your hair because this kind of dye comes already prepared, meaning you don’t have to mix the ingredients. All you have to do is open the package and start with the application process.

But, using the either of the types of dyes on your hair will take some time.

 

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woman prepares her hair to dye it brown

Because you need to be very careful to cover all of your hair evenly. If you leave out even one strand, it’s going to be noticeable with your base color.

Dye should be used from your roots to your ends, covering the entire surface of your hair.

 

I recommend using a dye brush to cover each area of hair you sectioned, then combing through all of your hair to make sure you didn’t leave any spot without dye.

 

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Once you’ve finished using the dye on your hair, you’ve only done half the work. So, there’s still quite a while left until you’ve finished dyeing your hair brown. We’ll get there soon.

I’m still missing one important factor to find out how long it will take you to dye your hair brown.

Do you know what it is?

 

If your hair is long, it’s going to take you longer to dye your hair brown than if you had a bob

hair length influences dyeing time

Because preparing your hair, applying the dye and rinsing will take longer with long hair than with short hair.

  •  If you have short hair , up to chin-length, you’ll only need to divide your hair into two sections. And that will take less time than if you have to section it into four parts.
  •  If you have medium length hair , from your chin to your shoulders, I’d recommend detangling it to section it into four parts and it will also take less time to dye it.
  •  If you have long hair , from your shoulders down, you need to gather your patience because dyeing your hair is going to take longer.

 

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The longer your hair, the longer it’s going to take you to apply the dye and rinse it out.

And now, the final step.

 

If you dye your hair with permanent brown dye, it will take you longer than if you dye your hair with semi-permanent brown dye

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Semi-permanent and permanent dyes work differently on your hair.

Permanent dye contains chemicals that open your hair cuticles so the color can penetrate into your hair fiber and stick.

 

So you always need to be careful about how long you leave the dye in your hair.

  • If you leave the dye in your hair for less time than indicated, the process won’t finish and your hair won’t turn out brown.
  • If you rinse your hair after longer than 45 minutes, your hair won’t absorb any additional pigments, but it will keep absorbing the chemicals in the dye, which can damage it.

So,  your hair will take 45 minutes to absorb the brown pigments. 

 

On the other hand, semi-permanent dye will take less time to work on your hair than permanent dye. You can leave it in your hair for a minimum of 20 minutes and a maximum of 30 minutes.

  •  If you leave it in for 20 minutes , you’ll end up with a lighter brown color.
  •  If you leave it in for 30 minutes , your hair will have a more intense brown color.

 

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Conclusion

If you dye your hair with permanent brown dye, it will take you between an hour and an hour and a half, depending on how long your hair is and your experience.

If you dye your hair with a semi-permanent brown dye, it will take you between 50 minutes and an hour, and that amount of time will also be affected by your experience and hair length.

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