Hair Colors

Dyeing Wet Hair: What it entails? (Coloring Wet Hairs with Dye)

Many experts recommend dyeing hair while it is dry, others swear by dyeing hair when it is wet. While most are of the opinion that dyeing the hair while it is dry is the best option, women get confused as to what is the better course of action and if you can actually dye your hair while wet. The answer to this is yes, you can actually dye your hair while it is wet. In fact, some experts say that it is even better than dyeing it when it is dry. So, let us get down to the nitty-gritty of it.

My Expert colleagues have to this about Dyeing Wet Hair Technique:

The experts, who side with the opinion of dyeing hair wet, say that it is the more economical option as wet hair does not require as much hair dye as dry hair. The dyeing color can be applied more easily onto wet hair and spreads evenly. Dyeing on wet hair protects the hair from hair damage that dry dyeing does not. 

Dyeing Wet Hair; the Pros:

 

  • Needs Less Dye:

 

The instructions on the back of the dye box may tell you that the dye is only enough for shoulder-length hair. You can actually use that same amount of hair dye to dye your longer hair, only when it is damp. Dry, thick, and long hair requires a lot of hair dye and is especially difficult to apply. 

When you apply the hair dye to your towel-dried hair it will need much less dye because the water in your hair doesn’t let the hair soak up all the dye. Instead, it leaves it in a condition where hair can only soak as much hair dye as it needs to color the hair. 

  • Reduces Patchiness:

Applying dye to dry hair can cause itchy hair and may leave the hair all patchy and dry. This can be particularly problematic for people with the sensitive scalp as an irritated scalp can take away all your ‘new hair, new me happiness’ leaving it more brittle than before. Using dye on wet hair reduces this problem to a great degree and doesn’t irritate your scalp.

 

  • Less Damage:

 

It is a no-brainer that when you apply less dye to your hair, the damage will be less as well. Dyeing hair often results in frizzy and brittle hair with split ends. Luckily, if you dye your hair wet it may not end up getting as damaged. Dry and thick hair does not absorb the dye as nicely and even if it does, it requires a lot of hair dye which means more damage.

Dyeing Wet Hair; Things you must consider beforehand:

As we just outlined that, you can dye your wet hair; in fact, it may be more effective for you than dyeing your hair dry. But, that may not be the case for everybody and there are a lot of experts that explicitly condemn using dye on wet hair.

What works for you might not work for everyone. So here are a few things that you need to keep in mind before you fold your sleeves and get the dyeing game on.

  • The Hair Dye Type and Brand:

Different hair dye brands specify different rules for hair dyeing. There are a lot of hair dye companies that instruct you to apply the hair dye on wet hair. Whereas others may specify not to apply the hair dye on wet or even damp or towel-dried hair.

 Now, there is no one rule for everybody. Sometimes the hair dyes that are meant to be applied on dry hair may work just as fine on wet hair. Other times they won’t. 

The hair dyes which are permanent almost always instruct the users to apply it on dry hair because they have ammonia in it which doesn’t sit well with wet hair.

The semi-permanent hair dyes are meant to be applied on wet hair as they do not have ammonia and are more tolerant with damp or towel-dried hair. 

  • The Hair Dye Composition:

In order for the dye to last longer, hair dye companies use a chemical called peroxide. Mostly such companies explicitly ask users not to wash their hair before dyeing it. The peroxide makes the hair dye last longer but it needs the natural oils in your hair to protect it from dye-damage.  

When you have just washed your hair you may strip the hair’s natural chemicals away leaving it more prone to damage, doing your hair more harm than good.

The semi-permanent hair dyes do not contain peroxide, instead, in order to sit well with your hair, they need your hair cuticles to open up which is done through washing it.  

  • The Natural Oils of your Hair:

The natural oils of your hair protect your hair from dyeing chemicals such as peroxide. But if your hair is too dirty, greasy, or oily, it may not soak up the color as nicely.

So, it is better to wash the hair, give it a period of 24 hours before you dye it. Even if the instructions say not to wash your hair, you want the results to be satisfactory and that can be done by washing your hair beforehand and waiting 24 hours before dyeing it.

  • The Type of Your Hair:

If your hair is naturally smooth and straight, dyeing it dry won’t be a problem for you. But, people with long, thick, and coarse hair may have to use two boxes of dye color, which is more expensive and more damaging for their hair. Professionals suggest applying the hair dye onto damp hair (which is not dripping wet) so it spreads evenly and doesn’t require loads of hair dye.

Bottom-line:

There is no right or wrong answer to the question: Can I dry my hair wet? Follow the instructions on the box but, know your hair type as well. 

Find out what works for you. The opinions out there are varying and you do not want to mess up your hair because of some myth that worked for one but may turn out to be a disaster for you.

Happy DIY Dyeing!

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Suhira Munshi

Suhira heads the editorial department of SheBegan Magazine. She joined SheBegan Magazine as an author in 2017, and her writings also appeared on cosmopolitan, lifefalcon and other mags. Suhira loves to write on wellness-related topics, skin/hair/beauty tips, and bridal grooming niche. Later, in 2019, she became the head of our editorial board and also holds the position of Growth analyst. Having had sufficient experience with fitness and nutritional balance, Suhira has worked as a fitness trainer at local Gyms, we utilize her experience in our fitness and nutritional recommendations.

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