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Can You Dye Your Hair Twice In One Day?

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It has happened to all of us. You were excited to color your hair only to be heartbroken when you realize the color is a mess.

The next natural instinct is to recolor it again so that you get a color that looks much better. Well, how safe is it to dye hair twice a day?

Again, how long must you wait in between dyes?

To be brutally honest, you should never dye hair twice in a single day. Not if you are using a permanent hair dye. If you do, you will damage your hair beyond repair.

The best thing is to wait 3-4 days before dying your hair again. Still, you should expect to deal with the damage that comes with it.

Can you dye your hair twice in one day?
You should wait 3-4 days before dying your hair again (Image: Getty)

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To ensure you don’t damage your hair, here are a few useful tips for dyeing your hair.

FAQ about dyeing hair twice in one day

Can you dye your hair twice a day using semi-permanent dye?

While you shouldn’t dye your hair twice a day, you can dye your hair twice a day using a semi-permanent hair dye.

It will still cause slight damage to your hair but not as much as the permanent hair dye would.

That’s because semi-permanent hair dye doesn’t contain the harmful chemicals that permanent hair dye has. For this reason, you can get away with less damage when you use semi-permanent hair dye.

Using semi-permanent dye
You can dye your hair twice a day using semi-permanent dye

However, you must avoid using low-quality treatments between the two coloring jobs. Before you decide to color all your hair twice a day, experiment with a small section of your hair to see how it goes.

Can you dye your hair again the day after?

Again, experts recommend that you should avoid dyeing your hair the next day at all costs. This is especially crucial if you are using permanent hair dye.

To reduce the hair damage any further, consider using semi-permanent hair dye as an alternative.

Some hair dyes can be used on freshly dyes hair with minimal damage, which means that you may need to buy multiple hair treatment products to ensure that the hair’s damage is minimized as much as possible.

You can also visit a hair salon to get the right advice if you really have to dye your hair the next day.

The hair professionals will know exactly what to do so that you don’t end up with strange hair color from coloring and recoloring it again yourself.

Plus, less invasive alternative is using a hair mouse to alter your hair color a little bit the next day.

Can grey hair be colored twice the same day?

No! Coloring grey hair twice on the same day is still not acceptable. After all, grey hair is generally dry, and it can cause even further damage to the already fragile hair.

If you feel like you need to recolor grey hair again before at least 28 days, you must take very strict precautions.

Not coloring grey hair twice on the same day
Remember not to color grey hair twice on the same day (Image: rockmystyle.co.uk)

The best alternative is to go to a salon if you want grey coverage. This is because the normal hair dyes are not as efficient on grey hairs as people would like them to be.

If the hair color isn’t right, how do you fix it?

If the hair color didn’t come out as planned the first time, you cannot do much about it.

If you used permanent hair dye, you will have to wait for at least four days to recolor it. A color shampoo or color mouse can hide the color you don’t like for some time before you recolor it.

Another alternative is to use semi-permanent hair color to repair the hair color temporarily.

Semi-permanent hair color has no harmful ingredients. It is safer to use frequently, like after a day or on the same day.

However, semi-permanent hair dye is more expensive in the long run because it is the same price as permanent hair dye.

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The reason why you should wait before re-coloring your hair

Whenever a chemical reaction takes place on your hair, it takes a toll on it. Dyeing the hair is not an exception. This is the main reason why you should avoid re-dyeing your hair in one day.

Harsh chemicals weaken your hair, and you should avoid exposing your hair to them frequently.

Of course, there is a difference in hair types.

People with healthy hair can be a little bit less careful than people with weak hair. Still, healthy hair is not immune to the negative effects of the chemicals found in hair processing products.

If your hair is prone to damage, you must wait before re-dyeing it.

The most common and disturbing consequences of frequent coloring are split ends and hair breakage. With every hair coloring job, you strip your hair of its outer layer.

This causes damage to the hair shaft, which then results in loss of hair shine and smoothness. As a result, your hair becomes thin, brittle, dry, and weak.

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What to do when you must dye hair twice in one day?

If it is really necessary to dye your hair twice in one day, there are things you should do to minimize the hair damage as soon as possible.

  • Use semi-permanent hair color to correct the hair coloring mistake until you can finally recolor it again. Semi-permanent hair color has no chemicals, so you will never have to worry about damage control in the first place.
  • To prevent more damage, use hair-treatment that is specifically meant for color-treated hair.
    You should treat your hair prior to and after coloring your hair. Make sure you are using the best hair treatment in the market.
    Talk to a hair expert to get ideas on the best alternative for your hair type and the degree of damage done to your hair.
    (Check out: The 25 Best Shampoos and Conditioners for Color-Treated Hair and The 22 Best Deep Conditioners for Bleached Hair)
  • Note that the longer the hair color stays in your hair, the more damaging your hair becomes. To recolor your hair shortly after coloring it the first time, remove the hair color as soon as you can.

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I’m Aida and this is my blog where I write mostly about beauty and make up related stuff, but I like to spice it up a bit with lifestyle and photography posts. Or with whatever that comes to my mind. Hope you will enjoy the reading enough that we will ‘see’ each other more often!