Recoloring hair after color Oops, how long should I wait and what dye should I use?

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Do you want to recolor your hair after using Color Oops?


Hair, just like people, differs from one to the next.

That’s why there’s no established law about how long you should wait to recolor your hair after using a color remover.


However, if you want to get to the color you’re looking for and not run into any unhappy surprises, pay attention, because the best thing you can do would be to:

  • Apply the new dye the day after using Color Oops if your hair is in good condition.
  • If your hair is dry and weak, you should wait five days.
  • Whether you need to wait one day or five, you shouldn’t wash your hair before you use the dye.

Of course, all if this is dependent on understanding your hair.

How, you may ask?



  • Before using the new dye, you need to consider your hair’s general condition after using Color Oops.
  • If your hair is dry and broken, you should condition it before applying any more chemical products. If you don’t do that, the only thing you’ll end up with is hair stripped of all its moisture and nutrients.
  • If that’s the case for you, I’d recommend waiting five days and conditioning your hair with an intensive hydration treatment.


I know that the box of Color Oops says that you can recolor your hair the same day.

Let’s be honest: that’s not true for everyone. And I say that from experience. We use dozens of products in my salon and each and every one of them comes with general instructions.

But, they’re just that: general instructions. Emphasis on general. Then, us hair stylists need to make the final decision. And we base those decisions on individual clients.


 Because, like I said in the beginning, every single head of hair is like its own universe, with its own unique history. That’s why hair products don’t work the same way on everyone’s hair. 

And that’s even more true with color removers.


Color Oops’s manufacturer doesn’t know what state all of their consumers’ hair is in.

That’s why they also don’t know what color you’re using the remover on or what the original color of your hair was. They also don’t know your hair’s history. They don’t know how many times you’ve dyed your hair, what dyes you’ve used, and they really don’t know how your hair is doing after using the color remover.

So, they base their assumptions on the idea that your hair is perfectly healthy before using the remover and that it will continue to be that way after using it.


That’s why, if you want to recolor your hair with a new dye after using a color remover, I’m going to tell you about:

  • Why you should wait at least one day to dye your hair after using Color Oops
  • How to apply the new dye
  • What kinds of dyes are the best to use after using a color remover



How many days should you wait to recolor your hair after using Color Oops?

One of the most important aspects to correctly using a color remover is the rinsing step.

It is very important to rinse your hair several times to eliminate everything that remains from the product.

Want to know why?


Because if it isn’t fully removed, your hair might darken again.

And that is one of the main reasons why I recommend that you wait at least one day to recolor your hair.

Because the next day, you’ll know if the color remover did its job correctly or not.

It’s very important because if you notice that a few areas still have part of the original color from before you used the color remover, you’ll end up with multi-colored hair after recoloring your hair with the new dye.

And that’s definitely not what you want.


 Once you’re sure that your hair is a solid color after using Color Oops, at least one day later, then you should look at your hair so closely, you almost might want a magnifying glass.  

Look closely and take it between two of your fingers.

  • How does it feel?
  • Do you see a lot of frizz?
  • Do you have split ends?
  • Is it rough to the touch?
  • And most importantly, when you stretch it, is it gummy or does it have a solid consistency?


If you answered negatively to all of these questions, then you can go ahead and recolor your hair because it hasn’t been damaged by the color remover.

Now, how should you use the dye?


I’ll go ahead and tell you that in a few seconds, but first I want to talk about the worst case scenario.

 I mean, what happens if your hair is a disaster after using the color remover?  


If that’s the case, you should wait five days to dye it because the dye will dry your hair out even more.

Meaning if you only had a little bit of frizz in your hair, you’ll end up with a head full of frizz.

If your hair was a little rough, any of the tiny bit of moisture that remained will disappear.

And your hair will suffer for it.


Now, if you strengthen your hair with intensive hydration treatments during those five days, you’ll give your hair the chance to recuperate some of its lost moisture.

And that will eliminate frizz.


Now we can get onto the next important part: how to use the new dye.

Whether or not you need to wait one day or five, the way to do it right is the same in both cases.


How to recolor your hair after using Color Oops

Tell me the truth, when you dyed your hair last time, what section of your hair did you start with?


Don’t bother trying to lie to me because I already know the truth. I’ve been listening to clients and looking at hair for years.

You probably started with your roots. And that’s a big mistake.

But, after using a color remover like Color Oops, that’s an even worse mistake.

Want to know why?


  • You should always dye your hair starting at the ends and working your way up to your roots. The reason is simple.
  • The heat coming from your head, specifically your scalp, makes it so the dye acts quicker at the roots than on the rest of your hair.
  • So, you should always start at the end and work your way up to the roots.


If you do that, you’ll make it so your new color is even across your entire head.

 You should do this whether you needed to wait one day or five after removing the previous color with a color remover.  


But, there’s one more thing that you should keep in mind.

And that one more thing has a name: semi-permanent dye.


What kind of dye is the best to recolor your hair after using a color remover?

By now, you know how long you need to wait to dye your hair after using a color remover and how to recolor your hair with a new dye.

So, I want to leave you with one last piece of advice, so you won’t be disappointed with your new color. And, most importantly, it won’t hurt your hair’s health.


Color removers are still products that use a chemical process to change your hair.

Think about it for a minute. Color removers have to contain something strong enough to be able to remove dye from your hair.

So, they’ll always leave your hair a little drier and lacking moisture.


 So, what I’d recommend is using a semi-permanent dye to recolor your hair after using a color remover.  

These dyes don’t contain either peroxide or ammonia, so they damage your hair much less than permanent dyes.


The only downside, to be completely honest, is that it might last less time than permanent dye, but you can try to wash your hair less frequently so the color lasts longer. On the days you don’t wash your hair, you can use a dry shampoo.

That way, you’ll kill two birds with one stone for your hair: the dye will last longer and you won’t dry out your hair.

So, let’s return to the most important parts, which are worth going over again.



  • If your hair was damaged after using a color remover, wait five days to recolor it. And during those five days, use an intensive hydration treatment at least twice.
  • If your hair isn’t damaged after using Color Oops, you can dye your hair the next day.
  • It’s very important that you start to apply the new dye starting at the ends of your hair and work your way up to your roots.
  • After using a color remover, you should always use a semi-permanent dye that doesn’t contain ammonia or peroxide to avoid damaging your hair.


Now you know when you should recolor your hair after using Color Oops. The best thing you can do is take some time to observe your hair to make the wisest decision for it keeping in mind what your hair needs.

Have you ever dyed your hair after using a color remover? How long did you wait to do it?

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