Should I Condition My Hair Before Colouring?

Hair colouring changes your hair colour by dyeing or tinting. This process can be done at home or by visiting a trusted salon. Colouring too often can be bad for your hair as this can result in breakage and split ends. Just how often you can dye your hair depends on your natural hair type and what colour you’re changing to.

Be Hair Colouring Savvy

If you want to colour your hair at home, you’ll need to know the different types of hair colour products available. Then make sure you get the best one for your needs. Choose from:

  • Temporary hair colours – ideal if you want the colour to wash out after a quick one-day transformation. Hair colour sprays wash out in just one shampooing meaning you can try a new colour without any commitment. ( However darker or bright bold colours Red Blue or Green can grab on blonde hair.)
  • Semi-permanent hair colours – the range of colours available are designed to last between four and ten washes – lasting longer than the temporary colour but not a constant solution. (These can and do build up over time to become permanent colours. They get away with this by colouring cropped hair and then cutting colour out after 4 weeks).
  • Permanent hair colours – your colour will last for over eight weeks when you choose this option. The tone can and does fade so choose carefully.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often can you dye your hair?

After one colour treatment it’s best to wait four to six weeks before having another. This helps to reduce any potential hair damage. If your hair grows quickly you may need colouring more regularly. This also applies if you’re dying dark hair to a much lighter colour. Semi-permanent tints that are designed to fade are gentle enough to be re-applied more often if you want to.

Should I condition my hair before colouring?

Most hair dyes are formulated to apply to dry hair that isn’t freshly washed – so the answer to that question is no! You can wash your hair the night before though as this gives hair time to recover.

How can I keep dyed hair healthy?

If your hair is dry and coarse from dye then there are a few tips to limit the damage:

  • Dye less often – try extending the time to eight weeks or long
  • Choose a dye within three shades of your natural colour – this prevents the need for more regular colouring
  • Wash your hair less frequently – this preserves your colour
  • Use products specially formulated for dyed hair – and rinse with cool water to keep the dye in

How to repair damaged hair?

  • Use olive oil – to rehydrate the hair and smooth the cuticle, soften and replenish
  • Use colour-safe products – specifically designed to keep the dye from leaking out and making your colour last longer
  • Visit a professional – experienced stylists will use the correct products to minimise any damage. And advise you on the best ways of looking after your colour following your treatment.
  • Have a Calligraphy Cut

Call the Experts

With over 25 years of experience in colours and highlights stylists from Frankie Cochrane can provide you with a complete change of colour. And have the skills and technology to offer a colour rescue service for any disasters. Grey hair isn’t an issue – high quality products will cover grey hair completely.

Why not invest in a calligraphy haircut? This technique offers you up to 270% more volume. And it works perfectly on all hair types – especially fine hair. It reduces split ends because of the hair preserving method. And you can easily style your hair at home.
New style. New colour. New you!