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Do You Rinse Hair Dye Out With Shampoo?

Are you planning to dye your hair? But choosing a perfect dye and knowing how they work, should be applied or washed out can be a great ordeal. So the question, ”Do you wash hair dye out with shampoo?” is understandable.

The answer to this question depends on whether you use a permanent or semi-permanent hair dye. Read on to find out.

Can You Rinse Hair Dye Out With Shampoo?

You can wash permanent hair dye with shampoo, but it should be free of parabens, sulfates, and other metallic salts. On the flip side, if you’re using a semi-permanent hair dye, you must avoid rinsing hair out with shampoo because it strips the color film.

Typically, permanent hair dyes are mixed with an oxidizer like hydrogen peroxide and ammonia (the coloring agent) before application. The oxidizer penetrates the hair cuticle, while ammonia deposits the permanent color on the hair shaft.

As a result, your hair develops a long-lasting shade resistant to external factors like hair products, chlorine, and the sun. That’s why shampooing hardly strips off the hair color; rather, it removes dirt and any dye residue left.

Conversely, semi-permanent hair dye is ammonia-free, meaning the product doesn’t penetrate the hair strand as deeply as permanent dyes. Instead, it creates a coat of color around the cuticle that’s easy to wash away. Semi-permanent dyes also fade rapidly because they don’t contain bleach, which alters the hair’s natural shade.

Moreover, rinsing hair with shampoo after applying a semi-permanent dye prevents the dye from settling in, making it easy to wash out the color.

How To Choose a Shampoo for Rinsing Out Hair Dye?

How To Choose a Shampoo for Rinsing Out Hair Dye?

The best shampoo for rinsing hair dye should be free of metallic salts, sulfates, and parabens. Sulfates are detergents that clean and strip your hair of color hence the need to avoid them if you want a lasting color on your hair. As such, you want a shampoo that contains moisturizing ingredients like:

  • Coconut oil
  • Fruit extracts
  • Keratin
  • Ceramides
  • Amino acids

How To Rinse Hair After Applying Hair Dye

Rinsing Hair After Applying Hair Dye

Knowing how to wash hair after applying hair dye is essential. Here are some tips:

Wait 3 Days Before Washing

Washing the hair too soon may cause the hair cuticles to open, allowing the dye to get washed down the drain. A good rule of thumb is to wait three days before washing to let the hair cuticles close and resume their original state.

Wash Hair Only When It’s Dirty

Washing the hair regularly strips it of natural oils and dye. As such, you want to stick to 2-3 washes per week but if it gets too greasy, use a dry shampoo between washes.

Avoid Hot Water

If you’re fond of taking hot showers, you may want to use lukewarm water. Hot water opens the hair cuticle causing the hair dye to get washed off. You must also rinse the hair with cold water to seal in the moisture and prevent the color from fading.

So, Do I Rinse Hair Dye Out With Shampoo?

You can rinse permanent hair dye with shampoo as long as it’s free of sulfates, parabens, and metallic salts. However, if you’re using a semi-permanent hair dye, you must avoid washing hair with shampoo; instead, allow your hair to absorb the color before shampooing.


Here are the commonly asked questions regarding rinsing hair dye out with shampoo.

Should I shampoo after rinsing hair dye?

The best time to shampoo is after rinsing out the hair dye, and this means you must rinse the hair thoroughly (until the water is clear) before applying the shampoo and conditioner.

What is the best way to rinse hair dye?

Rinse your hair with cool or lukewarm water and finish off with cold water to trap the dye pigments in the hair cuticle.

How can I rinse colored hair without bleeding?

Hair dye bleeds when rinsed with hot water, and hot water causes the hair cuticles to open, allowing the hair color to be rinsed out. That’s why it’s essential to use cold water.

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