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Should You Wash Your Hair Before Coloring It? An Expert Weighs In!

When it comes to coloring your hair, it’s easy to see why you’d think to wash it beforehand. Will oils and gunk affect the color’s ability to take? But on the flip side, if hair is too clean, will the color slip off more easily? Once and for all, should you wash your hair before coloring? We get to the bottom of the debate!

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Avoid Washing If Possible

It’s recommended to leave your hair as is, going into a color service.

“No, you shouldn’t wash your hair before coloring it,” says Stephanie Brown, Master Colorist at IGK Salon. “It’s best to have your natural oils in your hair to help protect your scalp and hair.”

The One Exception to Pre-Washing

If you’re big on hairspray, oils and other items applied heavily to your strands, this is the one instance where washing before your color service is recommended.

“If you have buildup, like a lot of products, then wash hair the night before with a mild, moisturizing shampoo,” Brown advises.

The Product You Never Want to Use Before a Color Service

If indeed you do feel compelled to wash the night before, be mindful of what you apply.

“Don’t use a clarifying shampoo,” Brown says. “It will strip your hair and scalp of any oils. It will make your hair drier and you’ll probably have irritation or more damage to the hair and scalp.”

Post-Color Care

Once you’ve had your color successfully applied, you’re not entirely in the clear. It’s always important to use color-safe haircare moving forward. Amazon raves about Biolage’s Colorlast Shampoo, for example. You’ll also want to avoid using clarifying shampoos too regularly, along with clay shampoos made with bentonite.

With the great shampoo debate out of the way, HERE‘s where to get inspo for your fresh shade!



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