4 answers

How Long After Coloring My Hair to Wash?

How long should I wait to shampoo my hair after having it professionally colored yesterday? Its on the red side, too, and I have heard that reds fade mush faster than other colors.

I've never had it colored before (besides doing it myself and a box from walgreens) - I had it done yesterday afternoon, and unused to not washing my hair everyday! I do not have oily hair, however, so the feeling that I need to wash it is not because it actually needs it, its just habit.

What can I do next?

More Answers

Dear K.,
I would wait a day or two. The other 2 ladies are right in that the color will fade due to shampooing so at most do it every other day. I just use Garnier Frutis with colorblock and it seems to make it last longer.

I wash mine the next day. Know that the more you wash, the faster your color fades. It's the shampoo. I try to give my hair a break on the weekends. I'll skip Sat, if I have nothing important to do out of the house and not too physically active (sweat).


I too have auburn/red hair and I wait 36-72 hours before the first wash after coloring. It holds the color longer.

I would wait a least a day or 2 before washing it. Also get a shampoo (from a beauty store) that is specifically for color treated hair. I use Biolage shampoo and conditioner that is for color treated hair and my color has not faded. If you go to a beauty store most women there will direct you to a good shampoo to use so that your color wont fade. Good luck!!

Required Fields

Our records show that we already have a Mamapedia or Mamasource account created for you under the email address you entered.

Please enter your Mamapedia or Mamasource password to continue signing in.

Required Fields

, you’re almost done...

Since this is the first time you are logging in to Mamapedia with Facebook Connect, please provide the following information so you can participate in the Mamapedia community.

As a member, you’ll receive optional email newsletters and community updates sent to you from Mamapedia, and your email address will never be shared with third parties.

By clicking "Continue to Mamapedia", I agree to the Mamapedia Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.