How long should you wait to wash your hair after dying it blonde?

first wash after dyeing hair blonde

  • You should wait 72 hours to wash your hair after dyeing it blonde.
  • Also, use sulfate-free products or specific products for color-treated hair.
  • If you wash your hair within 72 hours or use a shampoo that isn’t specially designed for colored hair, your hair won’t lose color, but may become dull.


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I just got a Whatsapp call from one of my clients who was on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

She hadn’t started to notice considerable hair loss. My client had simply drowned in a glass of water.

Shall I tell you about it?


She came to the salon two days ago for to color her hair blond.  Truth be told, we had come a long way to reach the level of blonde she desired.

Her hair was dark brown 3, and she wanted to dye it very light blonde 9. So, I bleached her hair several times, each time every 40 days.

We almost had a party when the coloring moment arrived.


The day after we left the salon, the decisive moment arrived: her boyfriend would see her blonde hair for the first time!

Then, as she wanted to look splendid, she washed her hair.


As she was shampooing, she remembered what I told her in the salon before she left:  “Don’t wash your blonde hair for at least 72 hours.” 


She practically jumped out of the shower, wrapped herself in the towel, and ran to call me.

She was crying and telling me that she had ruined her blonde hair dye because she had washed her hair less than 48 hours after the coloring session.


She was helpless. I tried to explain that her hair would remain blonde because I had only given her a suggestion.

I asked her to calm down, finish rinsing her hair, and call me back when she felt better.

What do you think happened two hours later?


My client regained her calm because her hair was still blonde.

So, remember to listen to your stylist to avoid desperate situations. If you’ve just dyed your hair blonde, you need to know how to take care of the color. It wouldn’t hurt to learn to listen.

Are you worried about your first wash after dyeing your hair blonde?

Smile and read on.

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I recommend you wait 72 hours to wash your blond hair so that the color lasts longer and stays shiny

wait 72 hours to wash blond colored hair

 After dyeing your hair blonde, you should wait 72 hours for the first wash. 


But, if for some reason, you wash your hair after 24 or 48 hours, the blonde dye won’t magically disappear, not even with water and shampoo.

This has to do with the way the dye changes your hair color.


The dye is applied with a developer that opens the hair cuticles for the color to reach the core.

Each hair strand has three parts:

  • Outer part or cuticles. They’re like scales.
  • Middle part or capillary fiber. It covers the core and transports nutrients and hydration.
  • Inner part or core. It houses the color and produces the nutrients.


Therefore, the dye travels a long way to reach the core and modify the color. After you rinse out the dye, the coloring process continues in the hair.

This is known as color settling, i.e. the hair core continues to absorb color gradually.

So, what happens if you don’t wait 72 hours to wash your blonde hair?


The worst thing that can happen, is that your hair dye will last less time. I don’t mean that it’ll disappear after two days. Otherwise, instead of lasting up to six weeks, it may last four or five weeks.

Also, you may notice that your hair is less shiny.


But that’s about it.  Your hair won’t stop being blonde, , but if you’ve just dyed it, you should wash it after 72 hours to extend the duration of the dye for as long as possible, which will always be about six weeks.

Are you feeling better?

Try to keep adding peace of mind.


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At this point, I ask you not to be strict.

You just dyed your hair blonde and you want the color to last as long as possible. And there are plenty of products that can help you.

They’re products specifically designed for blonde hair.


Now, if it’s time to wash your hair, you can use your previous shampoo.  Your regular shampoo won’t make the blonde dye disappear overnight either. 


But you should use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner , because sulfates gradually fade the color of the dye and turn the color dull.


Which shampoos can you choose to care for your blonde hair?

  •  If your hair feels rough and dry after coloring it blonde,  opt for PANTENE ROSE WATER. It’s sulfate-free and will moisturize your hair.
  •  If your hair is fine and brittle after coloring,  choose ELVIVE EVER STRONG.
  •  If you bleached your hair before coloring it blonde,  opt for ELVIVE EVER CREME.

Any of these shampoos are readily available online and in specialty stores.


How to wash your blonde hair?

  • Run warm water over your hair for three minutes.
  •  Apply the shampoo to the ends and start lathering by massaging it into the roots.
  • Leave on for two minutes and rinse with warm water.
  • Apply conditioner without touching the roots and leave it on for five minutes.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water. Make sure that no conditioner remains.
  • Drain your hair and wet it again with cold water , to close the hair cuticles. This helps the dye last longer.
  • Remove excess water with a towel and let your hair air dry.


If you must use shampoo to maintain get rid of unwanted color, follow the same steps but leave it on your hair for the time indicated by the manufacturer.



I recommend you wait 72 hours to wash your hair after coloring it blonde. But now you know that if you wash it before, your color may lose shine and last less time.

However, it won’t stop being blonde. It’s also recommended that you use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner.

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