Should I wash my hair before going to the salon? Only in these cases

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  • If you have an appointment at the salon to get your hair cut, you can wash it at home beforehand because it won’t affect the cut.
  • Alternatively, if you’re having your hair colored or bleached at the salon, you shouldn’t wash your hair for at least 48 hours before your appointment.
  • Finally, if you’re going to get keratin or a perm, you should wash it beforehand with a clarifying shampoo. If you don’t have a clarifying shampoo at home, it’s best to wash it at the salon.

 

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To wash or not to wash their hair before going to the salon is one of the most frequent doubts women have before going to the appointment.

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And I say that out of my own experience.

 

Without exaggerating, I can assure you that, every day, at least one client asks me: Alejandra, should I wash my hair?

And there’s also the client who looks at me with a puppy face and asks: Alejandra, was I wrong to wash my hair before coming to the salon?

 

To be clear,  some processes in the salon must be done with completely clean hair. 

 

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And when I say completely clean, I mean hair stripped of any remaining hair product buildup, such as gels, sprays, or mousses.

The only way for hair to be completely clean and free of product residue,  is to use a clarifying shampoo. 

 

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Now, you don’t need to wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo before going to the salon in all cases.

In fact,  in some cases you won’t even need to wash your hair first. 

 

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So, to answer your question of whether or not you should wash your hair before going to the salon, you should know what you’re going to do to your hair.

The answer to that question will show us the way.

 

If you go to the salon to get your hair cut, you don’t need to wash it beforehand

cut ends every 20 days

This means that  if you’re going to cut your hair, whether it’s just the ends or a new look, you don’t have to wash it first. 

  • If you want to go with unwashed hair to the salon, you can.
  • And if you prefer to go with clean hair, you can do that too.

 

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Either way, if you bring your hair clean, the stylist will moisten it because wet hair is easier to cut.

In other words, if you don't wash your hair before going to the salon, the cut won't go bad.

 

Now, if you want my advice, consider the following:

  • If you’re only having your ends trimmed at the salon, you don’t need to wash it beforehand.
  • If you’re going to get a haircut to change your look, my advice is to wash your hair before cutting it.
  • Usually, when you do a total makeover, the stylist styles your hair. And if you wash your hair after the cut, you’ll lose the styling or be able to enjoy it for the first few hours.
  • Waiting a few days to wash your hair after a new cut gives you a chance to learn how to style your new look.

 

If you’re going to the salon to bleach or color your hair, you shouldn’t wash it beforehand

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Now,  I don’t mean don’t wash your hair for ten days before going to the salon. 

 

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That would speak very poorly of your concept of personal hygiene.

What I'm talking about in this case is that you shouldn't wash your hair for at least 48 hours before going to the salon.

Why?

 

Because all hair coloring processes use chemicals that dry out the hair and weaken it.

 If you don't wash your hair for 48 hours before going to the salon, your scalp oil will hydrate each hair strand to protect it from the root. 

 

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This way, when bleaching or coloring is applied, your hair is naturally nourished. It greatly reduces the impact of the chemicals involved in the process.

So, you shouldn't wash your hair for at least 48 hours if you're going to the salon for any of the following purposes:

  • Color your hair.
  • Bleach your hair.
  • Apply Californian highlights, balayage, or highlights.

 

If you go to the salon to have your hair straightened or permed, you must first wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo

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You need to use this type of shampoo to wash your hair before going to the salon. If you don't have a clarifying shampoo at home, my advice is to wash your hair at the salon.

Why?

 

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Because straightening, keratin, perming, or botox change the structure of your hair.

  •  Straightening or keratin,  smoothes the hair cuticles and penetrates to the core to straighten your hair.
  •  Perms modify the natural structure of the hair to create curls.
  •  Botox  repairs the hair from the core.

 

To achieve these changes in its internal structure, the hair must be free of residue buildup from other products and dirt.

Even if you can't see it with the naked eye, every product eaves residue. And I'm talking about all the products.

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Masks
  • Thermal protectors
  • Gels
  • Mousses

Even environmental dust remains in the hair without you even knowing about it.

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That's why you need  to wash your hair before going to the salon to straighten your hair, apply a perm, or a keratin treatment. 

 

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If you plan to apply any of these processes, you should wash your hair with detox or clarifying shampoo twice.

And of course, you shouldn’t use conditioner.

 

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If you have clarifying shampoo at home, you can use it to wash your hair before going to the salon.

And if you don't have it, the stylist will wash your hair at the salon to make sure that there is no residue left that can alter the process.

 

Conclusions

If you’re going to the salon for coloring or bleaching, remember not to wash your hair for at least 48 hours.

Alternatively, if you booked a process such as keratin, perming, or botox, you should wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo before going to the salon.

And if you are having your hair cut at the salon, you don't need to wash it beforehand.

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