Can You Dye Greasy Hair?

Are you thinking about adding a little colour to your hair? If so, you may well be asking yourself the question, can you dye greasy hair?

Read on to learn whether you should give your hair a wash first, or whether you can get away with a little oil in your hair.

Can You Dye Greasy Hair?

The quick and short answer is yes you can dye greasy or oily hair. However, it does depend on how greasy your hair is and how you are colouring it.

Highlighting or colouring hair usually involves using bleach or a developer and permanent hair colour. Hairdressers will often recommend not washing your hair directly before getting highlights done and instead leaving it slightly oily.

This will help the highlights to take hold more and reduce the drying out effect that can happen with bleaching and chemicals hitting your hair strands.

Nobody wants dry and frazzled hair!

Also, hair that is too clean can be tricky for stylists to handle, there will be flyaway hairs and your strands might be too fine and slippery to colour evenly.

How Greasy Can My Hair Be?

Everyone’s definition of greasy hair is likely different! The risk of trying to dye hair that is heavy in oil build-up and dirt is that you might end up with an uneven colour.

Of course, every hair type is different and some people can get away without washing their hair for longer than others. As a general rule, try not to wash your hair within 24 hours of getting it dyed, and don’t worry if it is as much as a few days.

And lastly, don’t worry about your hairstylist judging you for greasy hair! They will have most definitely seen hair in all conditions and will likely be thankful that they can dye your hair more effectively with a little oil on it!

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