How soon can I dye my hair again to fix it? How often can I dye my hair at home?

Sat on the salon chair for hours in anticipation to get your hair colored and didn’t get the desired results? Are you also trying to gather the courage to leave your home and meet people because you hate your hair color so much and are now trying different things to see how you can hide it?

But trust me, everything can be fixed gradually if not immediately. Stay with us till the end to know how soon is too soon and how long should you wait to get your hair dyed the second time. 

Coloring your hair yet again to rectify the color can be determined through many factors.

Some of them are – the type of dye that you used while coloring your hair originally, the strength of the hair, and the duration since you last colored your hair.

Can I dye my hair immediately after dying it once?

No, Not at all, do you really want to burn your hair like that? It is not advisable to dye your hair back to back. Since we assume you must have used a permanent color to color your hair, you would just be coloring over it again with another permanent hair color.

So, if you expect that you will just color with another dye and your hair color will change, you are wrong. The new color will not lift or lighten the color that was already there. The new color will just be deposited on the older shade, and your hair color will only become darker.

If you use a high lift permanent color, your older color might wear away slightly. Still, it is definitely not worth the damage that the high volume of peroxide will do to your hair. Therefore, coloring your hair twice in one day is definitely not suggested. 

Below listed are some of the popular high lift hair color options:

  1. Schwarzkopf IGORA ROYAL HIGHLIFTS Permanent Color Creme
  2. L’Oreal Professional Majirel High Lift Hair Color
  3. SATIN Hair Color High Lift Series

If your hair feels stretchy when they are wet, that suggests that the protein in your hair has been weakened, and it takes a lot of time and effort to bring back that lost protein in the hair.

Healthy hair also stretches a bit when damp, but they go back to their original form once dry. But damaged hair does not regain their lost form even when they are dry.

It is also based on the type of dye that you’re using. Although you can use the deposit-only color dye, a staining dye that isn’t mixed with a developer. You can use it on the same day.

Since it doesn’t comprise any ammonia or peroxides, it doesn’t damage your hair a lot. But suppose your hair dye contains ammonia or peroxide.

In that case, you must wait at least 2 weeks for your hair to return to its original moisture level by washing and deep conditioning.

How soon can I dye my hair again to fix it?

2 Weeks. The ideal time gap for getting your hair colored again should be at least 2 weeks. Hence, you can safely dye your hair again after 2 weeks to fix it.

Your hair needs this time to regain the lost strength and prepare itself for the next coloring session. All hair colors consist of hydrogen peroxide, which damages the hair when applied to it.

Coconut oil is the only substance that can lessen the damage done by hair dyes by almost 95%.

Suppose you are going to get your hair colored again, in that case, you should definitely consider deep conditioning your hair with coconut oil regularly. You can also use coconut oil as a nighttime hair mask.

And then, when your hair is strong enough, you can get your hair dyed again after 2 weeks. It doesn’t really matter if your hair is strong enough, though. The longer you wait to get your hair colored, the better it will be. And the sooner, the worse.

If you used a semi-permanent dye and you didn’t like the end result, you can wash it several times to get the hair color to fade away.

Before getting your hair dyed again, gauge if your hair is healthy enough for the amount of damage, it will go through.

By looking at your hair’s condition, you can determine if your hair is strong enough if they don’t break easily, if the hair isn’t very dry, or if you don’t have any weak or split ends.

If you feel like they aren’t strong enough (which they probably won’t be), keep repairing your hair using the coconut hair oil mask twice a week. It will help improve the damage caused to your hair by coloring it the first time. 

Another popular question from several people is – “Can I dye my hair again after a week?“;

Our Answer is NO. You shouldn’t dye your hair again after a week.

As we mentioned above, it is highly advisable to give a 2-week gap before you re-dye your hair again.

Can I dye my hair again the next day?

No, you should never color your hair again the next day.

Using permanent hair dyes so frequently can damage your hair cuticles and make your hair porous.

Hence it is best to let your hair and scalp repair themselves from the last coloring session; otherwise, the hair dyes’ chemicals can also lead to some allergic reactions. 

You might have seen some people who claim to have successfully colored their hair the next day itself but remember that everyone has different hair types.

You can ask your stylist for their opinion, and if they say that it’s okay, then, by all means, go ahead, but no one wants to take a chance on their hair like that.

So it’s better if you just wait it out and get your hair colored again after 2-4 weeks when you feel that your hair can tolerate the color’s chemical damage.

How to know that your dyed hair is ready to dye it again?

If you want to know if your hair is healthy or not, keep reading.

  • Does your hair feel dry?
  • Does your hair break easily?
  • Do you have split ends?
  • Do the ends of your hair feel weak?

Did you say yes to all of these? Then we guess you already know the answer! You should not get your hair colored again.

How often can I dye my hair at home?

Coloring your hair can instantly give you a makeover when you absolutely need it. You can change your natural hair color to any color that you like. And with the help of the easy-to-use at-home hair color boxes, you can color your hair yourself with any shade you want.

But that does not mean that you get a new color every day and change your hair color every next day. Everything must be done within a limit, and so does coloring your hair. Coloring your hair depends on certain factors.

1. Your original color

If your hair color is naturally dark, like brown or black, and you want to go for a lighter shade, you are going to damage your hair a lot because bleach will be used to lighten your natural hair color.

But if the bleach isn’t used or if you are going for a darker shade then you can color your hair more often like as soon as your previous color washes off, because the amount of damage will be lesser.

2. If you’re getting your hair colored for the first time

If so, then you might want to dye your hair as infrequently as you can because your hair must be very healthy right now.

3. Hair damage

If you have less damaged hair, then you can color your hair whenever you want, but if they are significantly damaged, then you might want to stop with the coloring sessions for as long as possible.

4. Kind of hair color

If you use bleach to color your hair, you should wait a minimum of 2 weeks to color your hair again. The longer you wait, the better. If you use permanent hair color, you should wait at least 2 weeks or till the time your roots start growing again.

If you use a semi-permanent dye, you can wait till the color fades out, which is generally between 4-10 shampoos and then color them again with whichever color you like.

Can I dye my hair twice in one week?

It is best to wait for at least 2-4 weeks before you change your hair color again so that you don’t end up damaging your hair more than they already are. 

Reasons Why You Should Wait

  • The damage that another hair color will do to your hair.
  • You won’t end up with the color you are expecting but the hair will be exposed to the same chemicals yet again and you might end up doing more damage than before, so it’s better that you prepare your hair for the next session while waiting for 2-4 weeks.

How often should I dye my hair to cover gray?

The general time between permanent dyes should be 4-6 weeks. Still, there are semi-permanent dyes too, which you can use when you really want something to hide those grays.

The semi-permanent dye will fade away after a few shampoos, and you can color it again. While coloring your gray hair, there are some things that you should keep in mind.

  • Try to choose the hair color, which is closer to your natural hair color. If you can’t find the closest color, get a color that’s a little darker than your original hair color.
  • Don’t let your grey roots grow too big between the coloring sessions.
  • Avoid hair dyes that have PPD, ammonia, Resorcinol, gluten, or parabens.

Final Words:

Everyone looks forward to getting their hair colored, but stuff happens, and you don’t always get the result you wanted. You can still go ahead and embrace whatever is there, which would be the best option. Or you can go ahead and try to get it recolored.

Just make sure that you don’t do it anytime soon as your hair needs time to restore its strength as it might still be damaged from the first coloring session. It requires time for deep conditioning as another coloring treatment will cause extreme hair damage.

The new color won’t even look that good. You cant lift the color, and it’s just always the best idea to wait for several weeks before another appointment.

So try to repair your hair while waiting for 2-4 weeks and then get it colored again. And remember to talk to your stylist before and get the color right this time.