(Closed) Clean or 'dirty' hair before getting highlights?

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
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  • Post # 2
    2133 posts
    Buzzing bee

    dirty hair.

    Post # 4
    9878 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I always wash my hair. I don’t see how having dirty hair would help getting it dyed…

    Post # 5
    8 posts

    My stylist told me I don’t need to wash my hair before an appointment so I stick with that 

    Post # 6
    1570 posts
    Bumble bee

    Dirty.  The oils in your hair help protect it from the chemicals.

    Post # 7
    9560 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    i was always told to have dirty hair when coloring.  but call the hair salon and ask.

    Post # 8
    622 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2016

    Hmm, weird. I got a single process color (all over color) plus highlights this past weekend and my stylist told me to come with clean hair (or they would wash it when I got there). She said the opposite of PP, that the color won’t stick as well when hair is dirty. Def call and ask if you haven’t gone yet.

    Post # 9
    64 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I’ve always heard that the oils in your hair help protect in the bleaching process… But Alpine1994 is probably right. Always best to ask your stylist 😁

    Post # 10
    4888 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    When I get highlights done, it’s usually at the end of the work day, so I have my product already in. She doesn’t wash until after coloring. So, I’d vote dirty.

    However, there was one time when I had put some product in and noticed that my color didn’t stay as well as a result. It could be the color product they use, though. This was an old stylist of mine.

    Post # 11
    46 posts
    • Wedding: July 2018

    Conditioner can prevent dye molecules from being absorbed properly and natural oils do help when your hair is being lightened. Plus it’s gonna get washed after anyway so you’re cutting down on the amount of heat and chemical damage your hair will be going through.

    Post # 12
    9520 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I’ve always been told dirty.

    Post # 13
    524 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    2 or 3 day dirty works for me. Helps protect my scalp. I put in a little coconut oil right beforehand too, mostly mid shaft to ends. Ask your stylist what they prefer and what works best with their products. 

    Post # 14
    894 posts
    Busy bee

    I even coat my hair from root to tip with coconut oil before putting any dye in it. It doesnt block any dye from your hair if youre wondering, and it leaves your hair so soft and healthy! It also helps even out the dye

    Post # 15
    515 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    Dirty hair (the oil) helps protect your hair from the chemicals and it also holds the color better. 

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