We all know how important it is to have a great hair colour. Whether you’re trying a new hue, looking for a new you or covering up the grey, hair dyeing comes to us all eventually. But hair dye can be damaging, drying and frazzling for your hair. The question we’re always asking ourselves is, ‘How often should I dye my hair?’ We’re here to tell you just that!
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How often should I dye my hair?
Dyeing your hair is a personal decision, so it’s best to be realistic about how often you want to do it.
If you’re looking for a long-term solution, you may be able to get away with dyeing your hair every 6 months or less.
However, if you’re just looking for something temporary and don’t mind spending more money on dye, then you can go ahead and dye your hair as often as once a month.
You should also take into account what type of hair colour you want – natural dyes last much longer than artificial colours.
And finally, consider whether or not your lifestyle includes activities that will cause damage to your colour (such as exercising outside in the sun).
Again, this is all up to personal preference but these are some things worth considering before deciding how often you’ll dye your locks.
Check out this year’s hottest hair colours for ideas and inspiration.
What do I need to consider?
We can tell you with some certainty – there are no set rules as far as how often your should dye your hair.
It really depends on what type of dye you use (natural or chemical), whether or not the dye has ammonia in it (causes more damage than other dyes), if your roots are showing through already (more exposure means quicker fading) and even on the weather!
We all have different hair lengths and textures that should be taken into consideration before we start colouring our locks.
Here are 5 things to consider when deciding how often to colour your hair:
- How long is my hair?
- What texture do I have?
- Do I dye my roots only or full head colour?
- Am I going for a change in tone or hue?
- Is this just temporary until my natural colour grows back in?
The most important thing to remember when deciding how often you should dye your hair is that it will depend on the colour of your hair and your skin tone, as well as what kind of look you want.
Do I have warm or cool undertones?
Use our checklist below to find out if you have cool or warm undertones.
If you have cool undertones:
- Your skin tone is pink or pale.
- You blush easily!
- Jewel and pastel colours are so your thing.
- The colour yellow washes you out and does not look good on you.
- You have blue not green veins in your wrist.
- Pearls and silver jewellery look awesome on you.
If you have warm undertones:
- You have red or golden tones in your natural hair.
- Your skin tone is golden, tan or olive.
- You might have freckles.
- You have green not blue veins in your wrist.
- You suit bright or rich shades better.
- Gold jewellery looks awesome on you.
How often should I dye my hair?
If you have light brown or blonde hair, then it’s safe to go a few months without dyeing it. Light hair has less obvious root regrowth and blends more subtly with grey.
It also holds dye better so you’ll find your hair dye doesn’t fade as fast as it does for darker hair. This obviously depends on the colour your hair is dyed – you might not be able to go so long in between colourings if you’ve dyed your hair blue!
In general, women who are more fair-skinned can go longer between colouring their hair than those with darker complexions because they don’t need to hide grey hairs.
For dark-haired people, every three to four weeks is a good time frame for going in to get highlights or lowlights done. With balayage and ombre styles, you can go longer as the grown-out roots look really works well with these styles.
If you’re looking for an edgy new look with vibrant colors, then you’ll have to dye your hair more frequently to top up the colour and keep it looking fresh. Once a week might be enough – any more than that and you’re going to damage your hair.
Another factor that affects how often someone should dye their hair is whether they work outside where the sun has bleached out their locks. Cover up with a hat, scarf or bandana to keep your hair dye from fading fast.
How can I make my hair dye last for longer?
Shampoo your colour-treated hair less frequently. We’re talking once or twice a week MAX. And only with specially formulated colour shampoos.
Use shampoos made for coloured hair. If you have coloured hair, you need to use a shampoo that is made to be gentle on your colour and look after your hair without using colour-stripping sulphates.
Freshen up your locks using only conditioner. If you really can’t wait that long in between washes, consider skipping shampoo and just using a great conditioner for coloured hair. Your hair will appreciate being topped up with moisture and you’ll be back to smelling delightful again without stripping the colour with shampoo.
Use deep-conditioning treatments and hair masks. Once a week, smooth your coloured locks with a deep conditioning treatment or hair mask to lock in moisture and keep your colour lustre. Leave it on as long as you can to really soften the straw.
Always rinse your hair with cold water. Hot water causes your hair shaft to rise which makes it lose moisture and be more prone to damage and frizz. Giving your hair a final rinse with cold water whenever you wash or condition it will help to seal the shaft – locking moisture and colour in.
Get regular trims. Getting rid of your split ends not only makes your coloured hair look healthier, it prevents against damage to your already frazzled hair shafts.
Cut down on heat styling. Straighteners, tongs, hairdryers, crimpers are bad, bad, bad. But you don’t have to stop using them completely. So at least try and use them LESS or on a cooler setting if your appliance has one to help look after your coloured hair.
Let your hair dry naturally whenever you can. And when you do need to glam up, make sure you apply a heat-protecting styling product before, during and after styling.
Use root cover up. There are plenty of root touch up sprays or powder out there that can convingly cover your roots until you’re ready to visit your hairdresser. The L’Oreal Magic Retouch Temporary Instant Root Concealer Spray is our favourite for it’s range of colours. If you find applying a spray tricky, then go for COLOR WOW Root Cover Up which comes as a powder and brush and lasts for AGES.
You can find all these tips and more in How to look after coloured hair and keep it luscious for longer.