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Should I Wash My Hair Before Dying It?


Coloring hair has been in vogue for the past few years for both women and men. If you look at the statistics, around 4.1 million people in the U.S. have dyed their hair at least four times in 2020. Blonde, auburn, red, grey are some of the most popular colors. The most common reason people change their natural hair color is that they wish to change their appearance. Another reason could be peer pressure. Whatever the reason might be, though, coloring your hair can make you look more attractive, it boosts confidence and can speak volume about your personality. 

If you are getting your hair dyed for the first time, you must be excited. However, there are a couple of things that you should keep in mind before you go for hair coloring. Along with choosing the right color and hair dye, it is also important that you take good care of your hair before getting it dyed.

Table of Contents:

  • How do I prepare my hair for coloring?
  • Should I wash my hair before dying it?
  • What type of shampoo should I use to wash my hair before coloring?

How do I prepare my hair for coloring?

The process of hair dying involves using many harsh chemicals on your hair, such as hydrogen peroxide and ammonia, which can change your natural hair color. These can cause frizzy and brittle hair. Therefore, it is important to pamper your hair and take good care of it before you get it dyed. Here is how you prepare your hair before coloring to prevent, or at least minimize, the damage.

  • The best way to take care of your hair before coloring it is to make sure that you deeply nourish it. You can massage your scalp with hot oil and leave it overnight. Wash it the next day. Or, you can also oil your hair half an hour before washing it.
  • Stay away from hair styling tools before coloring.
  • Hairstylists also advise that you choose a hair color which is within two shades of your natural hair. If you go for a too dark or light color, it will require harsh chemicals that can damage your hair and scalp.

Should I wash my hair before dying it?

Along with the above-mentioned things, the one thing that you must do before getting your hair dyed is to wash it using a mild shampoo. It is a common myth that you shouldn’t wash your hair before dying it as dirty hair grabs color faster. Hair stylists actually recommend that you wash your hair 1-2 days before coloring it.

The truth is that you shouldn’t get your hair dyed at all if it is dirty. Unwashed hair will not only have an excess of oil, but will also contain dirt and sweat. Since sweat contains ammonia, it can cause oxidation, and you might get a different color than expected. Also, the excess buildup will not allow the dye to penetrate the hair. It might result in an uneven hair coloring. Therefore, it is essential that you wash your hair with a mild shampoo before dying it.

Should you wash your hair right before dying it? Well, no. As I said, it is ideal to wash your hair 1-2 days beforehand. Here is why! The sebum, which is secreted by your scalp, is transported throughout the length of the hair and keeps it moisturized. It also protects the hair from external chemicals. Therefore, if you wash your hair one or two days before dying, the oil from your scalp will spread through the length of your hair and act as a protective barrier from the harsh dyes in the chemicals. It will shield your hair from the chemicals and will help prevent damage. Also, there will be no excess buildup, and the color will come out as it should. 

What type of shampoo should I use to wash my hair before coloring?

The main purpose of washing your hair a day or two before dying it is to remove buildup due to hair products. However, while choosing a shampoo to wash your hair, you should make sure to select a mild shampoo that gently cleanses your scalp. Avoid using a harsh shampoo that strips your hair of its natural oils and makes your hair frizzy. 

My recommendation: WOW Coconut Milk shampoo. Coconut milk shampoo is packed with nutrients that can make your hair healthy and shiny. It is rich in protein and vitamins such as Vitamin C, B3, B6, and more. Also, the lauric acid present in coconut milk helps in strengthening hair as it penetrates the shaft and strengthens the cuticle. Particularly if you have dry hair, it is highly recommended to use coconut milk shampoo and conditioner, especially before coloring it. 

The WOW Coconut Milk shampoo and conditioner is an amazing combo for dry, damaged, colored hair. It contains vital nutrients that can make your hair healthy and bouncy. It also helps reduce split ends and lock in moisture in your hair. 

To deeply nourish your hair before washing it, use castor oil, which works as a moisturizer for dry and frizzy hair. It is also rich in vitamin E that stimulates hair growth. Since castor oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties, it can also reduce dandruff and inflammation. 


Coloring your hair adds oomph to your personality. However, it can also damage your hair, making it dry, frizzy, and brittle. So make sure you take good care of your hair before dying it. 

Pamper your hair with the WOW Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner and WOW castor oil, and go, get your hair dyed in your favorite color!

Sneha Chugh

Sneha is a law student and works as a freelancer. She has written content for various brands including upGrad, Bewakoof and more.

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