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How To Relax And Color Hair At The Same Time?

Overlaying a whole new appearance onto your hair might be addicting, right? Hair coloring and relaxing are essential for those who want to boost their confidence beautifully and immediately.

Yet it is the fact that you must undergo severe chemical processes, it means that your hair will definitely be damaged by the chemicals of color formulas, which is the thing that nobody wants.

So the question of how to simultaneously relaxing and coloring hair comes out because of that, and in this article, we will resolve that question.

Is It Safe to Color Relaxed or Permed Hair?

Your hair goes through a lot with a perm or a relaxer—the internal protein structure of your hair is broken down to make it more reactive.

Coloring your hair right after this type of treatment can make your hair become overwhelmed with chemicals and hence lead to hair breakage. 

One thing you must remember is that all of the artificial hair styling and coloring require chemical processes.

The more you put in your hair, the more damage it will cause gradually and lead to hair breakage.

Read more: Can I Dye And Perm Hair On The Same Day?

When Is It Safe to Color After a Perm or a Relaxer?

If you color your hair, it is recommended that you do this a minimum of two to four weeks before relaxing your hair, although relaxing and coloring your hair at the same time can be successful if done the right way.

You also shouldn’t dye your hair twice in one day if you are using a permanent hair dye, it will damage your hair beyond repair.

How to Relax & Color Hair at the Same Time?

To prepare for this chemical treatment that minimizes the damage to your hair structure, first things that you should choose a hair dye formula that is not too strong.

Look for dyes that do not contain bleach or ammonia, and avoid ultra-light blondes and peroxide-heavy brands. Otherwise, follow up on our instructions bellow.

Things you’ll need

  • Hair color product (A semi-permanent color will be less damaging than a permanent color and can be re-done to keep the color vibrant).
  • Hair relaxing kit (contains ammonium thioglycolate).
  • Petroleum base cream
  • Neutralizer
  • Conditioner
  • Non-sulfate shampoo (you can choose Sulfate-Free Purple Shampoo if you bleach hair)


  1. Step 1: Apply the petroleum base cream all over your scalp with your fingers. Ensure you also cover your hairline, the nape of your neck, and over and under your ears. This will protect your skin from the harsh chemicals.
  2. Step 2: Mix the relaxing formula as described on the packaging to activate the chemicals.
  3. Step 3: Comb the solution through your hair. Make sure you comb it thoroughly from root to tip.
  4. Step 4: Leave the relaxing chemical to work for about 5 – 10 minutes.
  5. Step 5: Rinse out the relaxing chemical using warm water, and shampoo hair to remove the chemicals completely from your hair.
  6. Step 6: Apply the neutralizer to the hair. This rehardens the hair and makes it less fragile.
  7. Step 7: Apply the conditioner to your hair to provide nutrients in order to ensure the resilience for the next chemical treatment.
  8. Step 8: Wash out the conditioner as directed, and leave the hair to dry. Towel-drying or natural drying is recommended.
  9. Step 9: Mix the hair dye as instructed on the package.
  10. Step 10: Apply hair color by carefully combing from the roots to the tip. (Check out the ways to dye hair evenly with roots)
  11. Step 11: Wait for the shortest time as possible to prevent hair damage. It usually takes around 20-30      minutes.
  12. Step 12: Wash out the hair dye until the water runs clear, and apply the conditioner and leave it to sit for 5 minutes to nurture your hair for faster recovery.
  13. Step 13: Wash out the conditioner, ensure the treated hair is product-free, and let it dry naturally.

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What Kind of Color Is Best to Use After a Chemical Treatment?

After a severe chemical treatment, you should choose the hair color product thoroughly by looking at the ingredients at the package.

The product, which you should choose, should not contain any ammonia and resorcinol, along with PPD, phthalates, parabens, and gluten. 

Apart from that, nutrient-rich ingredients are what you also should choose; keratin, argan oil, and ginseng root extract, which will help nourish hair before and after a chemical perm or relaxer. 


Whether you’re looking to add some major curls or straighten your strands, chemical treatments are a great way to get you the style you want.

Be sure to take care of your strands, give it a break to self-adjust, and always use products that pack nutrients to keep your hair looking healthy and feeling gorgeous.

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