clean vs dirty hair for highlighting?

9:13 pm - 10/29/2009
Hey y'all, I'm getting my highlights touched up in the morning (already blonde, going lighter) and I was wondering if you felt hair takes color better clean or dirty. I don't wash my hair a lot as is, and when I do, it's with Redken's Blonde Glam (or vice versa, whatever.), and it was last washed on Sunday (it's almost Friday AM here). It's not gross, but it is getting a little greasy. Should I go ahead and wash & blowdry it tonight or in the morning or should I just wait till after she's colored it? If it helps, she uses foils and I usually process under the dryer vs. just air.

I don't really gaf if it damages my hair, I can use protein supplements to help get through it...I just need to know what is going to make the color hold best.

breathlike 30th-Oct-2009 01:23 am (UTC)
When I was going lighter I'd go in with dirty hair because it would sting less per my sylist's suggestion.

Since she told me to it can't be worse I guess.
breathlike 30th-Oct-2009 01:23 am (UTC)
*to do it
fame 30th-Oct-2009 01:24 am (UTC)
bahaha i'm a sadist, i don't care about the sting, just the color. NEED TO BE SUPER BLONDE!
bloodyhands 30th-Oct-2009 01:29 am (UTC)
Clean, with no styling products and no conditioner.

Dirt, styling products and conditioner all create a barrier to the dye/bleach.
princesstara33 30th-Oct-2009 01:43 am (UTC)
I think it should be fine. If your hair is fine I prefer it a bit dirty because it's easier to work with and not so 'soft'.
carolinedesu 30th-Oct-2009 02:02 am (UTC)
What isss this wive's tale! bah.
Clean hair is less coated with dirt, natural oil and product. The dye will be able to absorb easier/quicker into your hair cuticle.
emotrains 30th-Oct-2009 05:05 am (UTC)
I would leave it dirty because I am a wimp and I made the mistake of touching up my roots the same day I washed my hair and I was in TEARS. But if you don't mind the pain, I'd imagine that it would be more effective if you washed it first.
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