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Can I dye my hair right after using Colorfix?

Dyeing your hair can be an exciting way to change up your look. However, if you’ve recently used a color-removing treatment like Colorfix, you may be wondering if you can dye your hair again right away. The short answer is yes, you can dye your hair immediately after using Colorfix. However, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure the best results.

How Colorfix Works

Before diving into whether you can dye after using Colorfix, it’s helpful to understand what Colorfix does. Colorfix is a reducing agent that works to remove artificial pigment from the hair. It does this by breaking down the permanent hair dye molecules that have penetrated the hair shaft. Here’s a quick overview of how it works:

Step Description
1 Colorfix solution is applied to hair and allowed to process for up to 30 minutes under heat.
2 The reducing agents break down dye pigments into smaller particles within the hair shaft.
3 These particles are then able to be washed away with shampooing.

When used properly, Colorfix can remove permanent hair dye without damaging the hair. This makes it possible to immediately apply a new hair color.

Waiting Period After Using Colorfix

While you can dye your hair immediately after using Colorfix, it is generally recommended to wait a few days. Here are some of the main reasons why:

Reason Explanation
Hair needs recovery time Even though Colorfix is gentle, any type of hair processing can cause stress to the hair strands. Waiting 2-3 days allows the hair cuticle to close and recover.
More accurate color results Hair color results are best when applied to clean, product-free hair. Waiting a few days ensures any residue is washed away.
Colorfix needs to fully dissipate Trace amounts of Colorfix may still remain on the hair, which could interact with new hair dye.
Skin sensitivity risk Applying hair dye too soon after a process like Colorfix can irritate the scalp.

As you can see, giving your hair a few days to recuperate helps prepare it for a new application of dye and leads to better color results.

Can I Dye My Hair the Same Day as Using Colorfix?

While it’s not recommended, it is possible to dye your hair the same day you use Colorfix. Here are some tips if you don’t want to wait:

  • Use a gentle, conditioning hair dye. Stay away from permanent dyes.
  • Do a patch and strand test first to check for irritation.
  • Only apply dye to the regrowth area and avoid touching up processed ends.
  • Use a deep conditioner immediately after rinsing out the dye.
  • Avoid overlapping the dye and Colorfix processing times.

Dyeing immediately after can work but keep in mind that results may not be as vibrant. The hair cuticle will still be opened up and compromised from the Colorfix treatment. This means the dye molecules can’t penetrate and adhere as well leading to faded or disappointing color.

Using Protein Fillers Before Dyeing

Some hair color experts recommend using a protein filler before dyeing after using Colorfix. Here’s an overview:

Protein Filler Benefits How to Use
  • Strengthens and restores hair fibers
  • Seals cuticle so dye penetrates better
  • Helps hair better absorb and retain pigments
  • Can prevent spotty or uneven color results
  • Apply filler to towel-dried hair.
  • Evenly distribute and work through hair.
  • Allow to set for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse then apply hair dye as normal.

Protein fillers add an extra layer of protection and preparation but are not mandatory. They provide the most benefit when dyeing extremely damaged or porous hair.

Doing a Strand and Patch Test

It’s always wise to do a strand and patch test before dyeing hair. This helps identify any issues like skin irritation before dyeing your whole head. Here are some tips for patch testing after using Colorfix:

  • Wait 48 hours after using Colorfix before patch testing.
  • Select hair strands in an inconspicuous area near the nape of the neck.
  • Dab a small amount of dye near the skin behind the ear.
  • Rinse strands and patch area after 24 hours to check the color result and skin reaction.
  • If no irritation, you can safely proceed with full hair application.

Doing a patch test is particularly important if you plan to dye immediately after Colorfix. It helps identify any skin sensitivity or adverse reaction before it becomes a bigger issue.

Applying Hair Dye After Colorfix

When you’re ready to apply hair dye after using Colorfix, follow these tips for best results:

Hair Dyeing Tips Reasons
  • Use a semi- or demi-permanent dye
  • Select a darker shade than your natural color
  • Use 10 volume or lower developer
  • Apply only to regrowth area first
  • Less damaging on already processed hair
  • Darker shades stain better
  • Low volume for gentle, subtle coloring
  • Avoid over-processing damaged ends

Also, be very thorough when rinsing out the dye. Rinse for 5-10 minutes with cool water and use a sulfate-free shampoo. This will ensure no excess dye is left on the strands.

Maintaining Hair Health and Color

Once you’ve successfully dyed your hair after using Colorfix, maintenance is important for keeping your hair healthy and color vibrant. Here are some tips:

  • Use a weekly nourishing hair mask
  • Trim ends regularly to prevent dryness
  • Use cooler water when washing hair
  • Invest in a shower head filter
  • Limit use of hot styling tools
  • Use an anti-fade shampoo and conditioner
  • Get regular trims every 6-8 weeks

Being gentle and using hydrating products can help restore your hair’s cuticle and protect color. Getting trims is also key for getting rid of any damaged ends and keeping ends healthy.

How Soon Can I Use Colorfix Again?

If you need to remove the new color you’ve applied, you may be wondering how soon you can use Colorfix again. The general recommendation is to wait:

  • 1 week before using Colorfix again if you dyed with a semi-permanent color
  • 2-3 weeks if you used a permanent color
  • At least 1 month for repeat use of Colorfix

Colorfix contains powerful reducing agents that can dry out and damage hair when overused. Giving your hair adequate time to recover before repeat use helps prevent breakage or chemical overload.


To summarize, you can dye your hair immediately after using Colorfix but waiting a few days is best. Be sure to do a patch test first and use gentle, conditioning hair dye products. Maintain your new color and hair health with moisturizing products and trims. Limit repeat use of Colorfix to prevent excessive chemical damage. With some care and precaution, you can successfully and safely dye your hair after effectively removing color with Colorfix.