Can I go swimming after dyeing my hair red? Yes, but you must wait for 3 days

woman with dyed red hair enjoys swimming pool

  • You can swim after dyeing your hair red, but you can’t do it right away.
  • If you dyed your hair today or yesterday, it’s not a good idea to go swimming today. I’ll tell you what might happen to your red hair if you swim immediately after dyeing it.
  • Ideally, you should allow at least three to four days after dyeing to go swimming.


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  Why should you wait three or four days to go swimming if you dyed your hair red?  


Because that’s when you’ll wash your hair for the first time after coloring. And in that wash, your hair will expel any leftover dye.

Also, let’s face it. Although red is one of the most personal and enigmatic colors on the scale, it’s also the hardest to maintain.

Red color molecules are very large, and hair has a hard time absorbing them. That’s why it washes out more quickly.


Can you imagine what would happen if you dyed your hair red today, and immediately went for a swim in the pool or the sea?

You would leave a trail of color in the water , because water and salt are the worst enemies of colored hair. Especially, if it’s dyed red.


Then, the day after swimming, you should dye your hair again. Both   chlorine and salt will leave your red hair faded and dull.  


In case you didn’t know, you shouldn’t dye your hair so often because hair dye contains chemicals that dry out the hair.

What happens if you swim immediately after dyeing your hair red?


Let’s see:

  • When you dye your hair red, the result is deep red hair.
  • If you go swimming the day after coloring your hair, the result will be an absolutely faded red. It’ll also be drier because of chlorine or seawater.
  • Two days later, you apply the dye again. Result: although the color is deep red, your hair is very dry, dull, and damaged.


With these results in mind, wouldn’t it be better to wait two or three days after dyeing your hair red to go swimming?

In the meantime, take advantage of those three or four days between dyeing your hair red and going swimming to learn how to take care of your color. How? I’ll tell you about that below.


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How to prepare red-colored hair before swimming

redhead woman reads on the beach
Do you wish to dive into the pool or the sea and it’s been three or four days since you colored your hair red?


Let’s hear it for you!

Now it’s time for you to transform into a mermaid. You have my help for that.


The first thing   you should have before going swimming to protect your red hair   is hair sunscreen.


It prevents UV rays from penetrating the hair fiber and fading the color. Remember to reapply it every three hours.


How to protect your red-colored hair from chlorine in the pool?

  • Wear latex swimming caps. They may not be very pretty or comfortable, but the dye won’t fade quickly.
  • Don’t be underwater for too long.
  • Every time you get out of the water, rinse your hair with tap water.


If you rinse your hair every time you get out of the pool, you’ll remove chlorine and other chemicals to prevent the red color from fading.


How to protect your red-colored hair from salt water?

  • You should always have your   hair covered with a hat or scarf.  
  • You can carry a moisturizing mist with UV protection for colored hair and apply it every three hours.
  • Alternatively, you can apply a thermal protector before going swimming in the sea to avoid dehydration and damage to the hair.


What to do after a swim if your hair is colored red

toning shampoos for colored hair
After your beach or pool day, it’s time to take care of your hair.

I wish I could tell you not to wash your hair, but that would be impossible.

After a day at the pool, even if you’ve been extra careful, your hair will have residue from sunscreen, salt, sand, and even some chlorine if you haven’t worn a latex cap.


So,   wash your hair with the coldest water you can stand.   You should wash your hair with sulfate-free shampoo, or specially designed for colored hair.

Once a week, you can wash your hair with a red toning shampoo to tone up your shades. It deposits red pigments in the outer layer of your hair.


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Finally, relax. If you enjoy several days at the pool or at the beach, the red dye will most likely wash out faster because you’ll have to wash your hair more often. Your hair will lose color with each wash.

Anyway, your color will last longer if you wait three or four days to expose it to the beach or pool after dyeing it.



Going for a swim after dyeing your hair isn’t a good idea, especially if your hair is red. It’s one of the colors that loses intensity and shine the fastest.

When you color your hair red, you should wait at least three or four days to expose it to the beach or pool.

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