What happens if you don’t wash all the dye out of your hair? 3 key steps to make sure there’s no dye left in your hair

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  • If you don’t completely wash the hair dye out, your hair will look dull and limp.
  • It may even happen that your hair looks a different color than the one you were trying to get. Maybe you wanted a light brown color but, if you don’t properly wash the dye out, your hair ends up dark brown.
  • That’s why it’s very important to wash the dye out of your hair completely. To do this you must use warm water and make an emulsion. Don’t worry, in a moment I’ll explain to you what that is about.
  • You should also wash your hair with shampoo to make sure that there are no traces of hair dye left.


When you color your hair you can make many mistakes.

For example, the resulting shade may not be even because you didn’t distribute the dye evenly.

Or maybe you didn’t respect the indicated exposure times, and therefore the hair fiber didn’t absorb the pigments properly. As a result, the shade will not be as expected.


Yes, you can make mistakes, which is why there will always be consequences. The same happens if you don’t completely rinse off the dye residue after you color your hair.

  • The consequences will be an opaque hair.
  • It will also have very little movement, as it will still have traces of dye, making the hair heavier.
  • Finally, you’ll risk your hair smelling badly.



You must not forget that hair dye has ammonia, which has a very strong and unpleasant smell no matter how hard the companies try to disguise it behind floral or herbal fragrances.

Therefore, just as you must respect the exposure times indicated in the hair dye, you must also respect the fact that you have to remove any traces of it from your hair.


If you still have doubts about the importance of completely removing the dye from your hair, stay with me because I will explain to you:

  • How to properly wash your hair to remove any remaining hair dye
  • What to do if you didn’t completely remove the dye


I can bet on it. After reading everything I’ll explain, you’ll realize that rinsing the dye correctly is just as important as its application.

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How to properly wash your hair to remove all remaining traces of hair dye

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Answer “yes” or “no” to the following questions. Don’t panic. It’s not a test and you don’t risk getting an “bad mark”.

  • Does your towel get stained when you wipe your hair after washing it?
  • Did you color your hair yesterday and today you notice it is as hard and limp as porcupine’s barbs?
  • When using your hairdryer, do you notice an unusual mist coming out of your hair, like a candle burning?
  • Do you notice a rather unpleasant smell the days after you have colored your hair?


If you have answered “yes” to at least one of these questions,   I have to tell you that you didn’t wash your hair properly after you colored it. Therefore, there are still traces of dye left. 

That’s no good news. Even if there’re still some hair dye traces, your cuticles won’t absorb the color any longer.


What will happen is that your hair will smell badly. It will seem limp and it will even be greasier than usual at the roots.

It all comes down to one thing: you need to take time to apply the product, but you also need to take time to rinse it out once you’ve applied the dye to your hair.

Have you noticed that after dyeing at the hairdresser’s, rinsing is almost like a ceremony?


The experienced hands of the hairdresser will rub your hair, even your scalp, over and over again to remove all the dye.

You’ll also notice that they use shampoo more than once, and finally end up applying hair conditioning.

They don’t do all this because they want to justify the price of the service. They do it because they want to make sure there’s no dye left in the hair.


Don’t be suspicious.  There is a sure way to wash off the dye completely from hair. I call it the E.S.C. method, which means Emulsion – Shampoo – Conditioner, and it consists of three steps. 

Let’s begin with the first one.


  • Emulsion

First of all, remember to use warm water at all times, because if you rinse hair with cold water, you will not be able to remove all the dye and your hair will result dry and dull.

Now it’s time to get down to business, or, more precisely, hands on hair.


The emulsion is the first thing you need to do to remove dye from hair.

How should you make the emulsion?


  You should moisten your hair with warm water. When I say moisten, I mean use a little water and then massage your entire scalp and hair in a strong, but not harsh, way. 

Massage your hair for five minutes. No kidding!


This emulsion will remove any traces of the dye, and will even eliminate possible stains that may have remained on your scalp, as well as on the skin of your face and ears.

When you feel that you no longer have any dye left in your hair, it’s time to move on to the second step, shampoo.


  • Shampoo

Once you have finished emulsifying, place your hair under water and let it run. Like the saying goes, bring water to your sea.

Only that, in this case, it will be to remove all the dye you used during the emulsion.

Once you notice that the water runs clear, with no traces of color, it’s time to apply the shampoo.


Before applying the shampoo (please use a sulfate-free one!) soak your hair very well and, then, concentrate on five key areas.

  The key areas are: the fringe area, the two sides or sideburns, the top of the head just above our occipital bone and finally the nape. 


Once you have applied the shampoo, massage vigorously with your fingertips.

When you feel your fingers asking for a well-deserved rest, rinse the shampoo thoroughly, once again with warm water.


Now it is time to move on to the third step: conditioner.


  • Conditioner

You may have noticed that the coloring kit contains a small package that usually has the word “post-colorization” printed on it. Some brands also call it post-color hydration.

  It is a conditioner that works without removing the pigments you have just applied to your hair. 


Use it, as it will make your hair much softer and shinier.

Finally, rinse with cold water to seal the cuticles.


What can you do if you didn’t completely wash off the dye?

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If the day after you colored your hair you feel that there are still traces of dye, grab the bull by the horns.

What do I mean?


Just run to the shower and wash your hair as I told you before!

You still have time to remove the dye so that your color looks really good.



Washing out the hair dye is as important as its application.

To do this, you must follow three fundamental steps: emulsion, moistening your hair only, application of the shampoo, rubbing in the areas indicated, and the application of the post-color treatment.


If you follow these steps, you will have shiny hair, with movement and the color you chose so enthusiastically.

Have you noticed that your hair doesn’t look well after coloring it? Do you think it might be because you don’t completely wash out the color?

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