What To Do Before Dying Hair At The Salon?

Dyeing your hair gives you a new look and the transformation could lead you to discover parts of you that you never knew existed.

However, there are some things you should do before dying your hair at the salon especially if you are a hair dye virgin.

Dyeing your hair goes beyond changing its color as you would have to maintain the hair and prevent the color from fading too fast.

There are several practices that most people who dye their hair already know, but since you are a newbie when it comes to hair dyeing, you would find yourself making a lot of mistakes like shampooing just before your dyeing appointment.

These practices could help save on the cost of dyeing your hair at the salon and help you make better choices when picking the perfect color.

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What To Do Before Dying Hair At Salon?

We have put together this piece that will help you make the right choices and get the best results. Here are what you should do before dying your hair.

1. Use Shampoo Before Dyeing

 Use shampoo before dyeing and not after. Using shampoos after you dye your hair could be counterproductive as it could cause the color to fade. This is why you should wash with shampoo only before the dye is applied.

Washing with shampoo is very important as it helps to remove build-up from hair products, however, using it just before dyeing your hair could wash away the natural oils in your hair and leave you with a poor result after it is dyed. You can wash your hair with shampoo a day before you dye it.

When going for shampoo, you can choose either detox or clarifying shampoo. These options will leave you with a glamorous result after dyeing your hair.

After dyeing, you should stick to only hair shampoos and conditioners created for hair color. These types will help you maintain the color and keep your hair healthy

2. Have a Clear Image of What You Want

If you don’t want to end up with a bad result then you should get enough photos of the color you want to dye.

Going for a style or color you found online might not be the best option if you don’t have enough images or examples to show to your stylist.

You should consult with your stylist before you begin dyeing as several hair colors could put a strain on your budget or leave you with poor results due to a difference in hair texture.

Also, some hairstyles do fade fast while some dark styles take a lot of work to make.

If you are going for white-blonde hair, that’s an entirely different story. You would have to come in for a touch-up regularly or you will end up bleaching your hair twice just to clear the yellow banding that will eventually form on your hairline due to the irregular dyeing.

Make sure you get enough photos of the style you want to dye and speak with your stylist about the result and maintenance before going ahead with the color.

3. Choose a Good Colorist/Stylist

There are lots of hairstylists out there who would leave a great finish, however, there is also a significant number that wouldn’t get it right and end up messing your hair.

It is very important that you choose a professional and experienced hairstylist because you wouldn’t just need them to color your hair but to maintain it too.

Going for a stylist you can interact with is very important as your stylist would advise you on which colors are best for you. Most stylists can help you narrow down the color to go for to save costs for maintenance and touch-ups.

They can also offer advice on how you can maintain the color, the do’s and don’ts and the type of hair products to use.

Before dyeing or settling for a color, you would have to consult a stylist that can explain the whole process to you. How fast colors fade, the type of hair products to use after coloring, and the best colors for your hair are some of the important issues you need to address.

Picking a great stylist is quite easy. You can go on Instagram where you’ll find a good number of them who have happy and loyal customers or you would ask other ladies or your friends to recommend one for you.

You can also use an app like styleseat to find a stylist with not only the best finishes but one that provides good after-service support. With styleseat, you can read reviews and check the latest work of the stylist before making a decision.

4. Think About Maintenance

Some colors look great on the front but behind the scenes, they are quite tough and expensive to maintain. This is why you should speak with a stylist before considering any color.

However, you should also plan for maintenance before dyeing your hair. The first thing will be to change your shampoo and conditioner.

You will need to go for shampoos and conditioners made for color-treated hair. These types will maintain the color for a long time.

There are more maintenance tips to follow like protecting your hair from sunlight. While sunlight is great for vitamin D, it will leave your hair in a mess. Sunlight can turn your hair brassy or dull faster than if it were to fade naturally.

So when going out, you’ll need to take out a hat, scarf or UV-protection sprays with you.

Another thing to consider is the ocean and pool water. The severity of the effect of ocean and pool water on your hair will depend on the color you go for.

The salt in ocean water will dry out your hair while chlorine (in pool water) can do a lot of damage to your hair.

The remedy is to soak your hair in tap water before hopping in. Thinking about maintenance should make it easier for you to come up with a color you would want.

Discuss your thoughts on maintenance with your stylist so they would help you with more tips on how to maintain the color.

5. Create a Budget

Creating a budget you’ll stick to will be difficult for hair dye virgins as the cost of dyeing your hair isn’t the same for all colors.

The cost will depend on factors like your stylist and the color you’re going for. If the stylist you settle for charges for consultation, you would have to include that in your budget.

Dyeing your hair should cost you between $50 and $200 without adding maintenance costs. But that doesn’t mean it will be really expensive. It is best to create a realistic budget and decide how much you are willing to spend on dyeing and maintenance for a month.

When you’re done with that, you can go ahead and book an appointment with a stylist and find out the necessary details and cost of dyeing the style you want.

If it fits into your budget then you can continue with it but if it’s way higher than what you budgeted for, then you need to look for something more affordable because there’s a good chance you’ll have to spend a lot of maintenance too.

Since it’s your first time dyeing your hair, you shouldn’t go for something expensive or you would end up regretting it later.

Try as many stylists as you can before settling for one. If you’re lucky you would find a great stylist that will offer a free consultation.

6. Plan Your Time

The entire hair dyeing process would take you about two hours or more depending on several factors like the pigment of your hair, the process and the time you’d let the color sit on your hair.

The hairstyling technique used by your stylist would add more time to the process and you might end up spending a whole day getting your hair colored.

This is one of the reasons why you should consult your stylist first. The process of separating the highlights, applying the dye and letting the color sit on your hair could take a long time or a short while.

Your hairstylist will be able to estimate how long it would take to wrap up the whole process and then you can decide if you want to make such a commitment.

Hair Coloring Techniques

Many hair coloring techniques produce the elegant look you see in celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj. Some of these coloring techniques are expensive and wouldn’t be the best option if you’re dyeing your hair for the first time.


Highlights are a common hair coloring technique that adds depth to your hair. It’s usually the coloring techniques most hair dye virgins try out and since you’re one, you can go for it.

You can get it in most hair salons but the quality of the finished look will depend on how good the stylist is. Generally, your stylist will apply the dye to the bottom part of your hair and then space out the highlights from one side of your head to the other.

There are various versions of highlights like Babylights and Ribbon Highlights which are the subtler versions.


When you bring blonde and brown together, you end up with bronde. This hair color technique is perfect if you have light brown hair.

The Bronde hair color technique is low maintenance which makes it a great option for those new to hair dyeing.

With this color technique, highlights are applied to areas of the hair that would be hit by the sun. Your stylist will start near the root of your hair when applying this coloring technique.

Bronde hair coloring technique is radiant and vibrant especially in the daylight, however, it is quite complex and you would end up with a complete hair flop if you don’t get the right stylist to do it.


Ombre hair coloring technique is a popular trend with several celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Hudson and Khloe Kardashian rocking the look, is a French word meaning “shadow”.

The shadowing hair coloring technique involves blending two hair colors. The blend is flawless so it doesn’t leave any harsh lines between the two hair colors.

The result is a sophisticated and radiant look that you can see in many celebrates who rock this hair color.

The two distinct colors are easily noticeable with the dark color starting at the root of the hair then transitioning into a light shade at the end.

The downside of trying this technique is the strain it puts on your budget. Ombres usually cost a lot (as much as $200), so you should only consider it if you are willing to spend a lot just to dye your hair.


Balayage is a hair coloring technique that blends dark and light hair colors seamlessly leading to a more natural look.

The transition is achieved by painting the dye onto the hair in a sweeping pattern.

This hair coloring technique generally takes more time to achieve and is often pricier than other techniques listed above. You should expect to spend as much as $200 to get this look.

Highlights are the most affordable option as they cost less than a hundred bucks. Depending on your budget, you can go for any look you want but if you are on a tight budget, it’s best you stick to highlights.


We’ve listed everything you need to do before dying your hair at the salon including the hair coloring techniques you can try out.

This guide should help you save money whenever you plan to dye your hair. Also, it will help you to make the best choices when picking a stylist and a hair coloring technique.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Does hair dye damage hair follicles?

Your hair follicles attach each hair to your scalp and the hair shaft sticks out of the follicle. Hair dyes work by lifting your cuticle and stripping your hair shaft off its natural color to allow the new color to set in.

They do this through two active ingredients; ammonia and hydrogen peroxide (common in permanent hair dyes).

Using hair dyes consistently and dyeing a new color on a previous non-natural color could damage your hair shaft and lead to breakage. But there is no credible evidence that it could damage your hair follicles or cause hair loss.

What hair dye can I use when allergic?

If you feel mildly irritated, itchy, and experience swelling on your scalp and face while dyeing your hair, then you’re allergic to hair dye

Most permanent and semi-permanent hair dyes contain a chemical called paraphenylenediamine (PPD) which is a known allergen and irritant.

So if you’re having allergic reactions to hair dyes, then you should focus on using hair dyes that do not contain PPD.

There are some hair dyes that claim to have only minimal PPD, however, any amount of PPD is enough to cause irritations if you’re allergic.

Some semi-permanent hair dyes offer better promise but you should always focus on hair dyes without PPD or go for Henna cream/powder instead.

Side effects of hair dye on the scalp

Hair dyes contain many active chemicals that may be very harsh to the scalp especially if you dye your hair a lot. Chemicals like ammonia, hydrogen peroxide (bleach), and PPD could lead to scalp itching, irritation, damage to the hair shaft and then breakage.

These sides are usually more pronounced when the hair dye isn’t applied properly or applied directly to the scalp.

It is recommended that you always get a professional to take over the hair dyeing process or better still, avoid excessive use of hair dye products with ingredients like ammonia, peroxide, and PPD.

How to rinse out hair dye at home

There are many techniques that will effectively remove dye from your hair and they are also effective on semi- or demi-permanent dyes.

Method 1

  • Mix dandruff shampoo and baking soda together in equal parts and shampoo your hair with the mixture.
  • Let the mixture sit for 5-7 minutes
  • Rinse thoroughly and repeat until all the hair color runs out completely. This technique is most effective if you recently dyed your hair.

Method 2

  • Mix dish soap with regular shampoo and follow the procedures as in Method 1. This technique needs to be repeated daily (for about 3 days) before you can see drastic results.

Note: always follow up with a deep conditioner after the last rinse to prevent your hair from drying out.

How to calm down allergy to hair dye

Less serious allergic reactions like itchy skin can easily be relieved by applying moisturizing treatment to the affected skin. You should wash your hair and scalp thoroughly with mild shampoo immediately you start having allergic reactions to the dye.

If your skin becomes very red and sore, you will have to apply a steroid cream. You can get a mild steroid cream over the counter or get a prescription from your General Practitioner.

Can Hair Grow Back After Fungal Infection?

Yes, it can! Fortunately, the common scalp fungal infections only led to temporary hair loss that can be reversed once the condition has been taken care of. For you to grow back healthy hair after fungal infection, the infection will have to be treated completely.

Infections like ringworm usually take some weeks to months to treat, so you’ll have to be patient during this period and develop high standards of hair hygiene to aid hair regrowth.

Also, the use of antifungal shampoo which aids in treating scalp fungal infections could help in reducing the severity of an infection and prevent these infections from reappearing.

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