There are two sides to the debate on whether hair color holds better or worse on greasy hair. Some people recommend with their own experience to apply oil before coloring my hair.
It apparently makes the dye attach to your hair better and look more vibrant. Others say you should have squeaky clean hair not just to avoid disgusting your hair dresser but also to make it easier for the color to spread evenly.
The truth, according to many hair care experts, is somewhere in the middle.
Oily hair before coloring: Is it okay?
So, can dye my hair with oil in it? The simple answer: to some extent, it’s okay and even recommended.
The long answer
Your scalp produces natural oils called sebum. The oils coat your hair, making it soft and protecting it from many things like pollution and chemicals. Some people produce more sebum than is usual resulting in naturally extra-oily hair.
But it’s not just sebum that coats your hair and scalp. Oils and other ingredients from your hair products also build up especially if you go for some time before shampooing. There will also be layers of dust and dead skin cells.
Then there is the hair color. There are many different types and formulations of hair dye. Most contain chemicals that can potentially irritate your scalp and cause some damage to your hair.
Some hairdressers also say that too-clean hair is harder to handle. It’s more slippery, making it more difficult to color and reduces the dye’s ability to hold.
Your hair color won’t look good. It’ll either look blotchy or appear faded.
How to prepare for hair coloring
Do not let your hair get too greasy and dirty but don’t over-wash it. Too much oil will ruin the dye job while scrubbing it clean will expose your hair and scalp to damage.
The best thing to do is wash it on the evening before you get it dyed. Washing it a couple of days before is alright too especially if you do not have naturally oily hair.
Use a gentle shampoo for oily hair that will remove any dirt and excess oils but won’t leave your hair dry and exposed. Your hairdresser may also advise you to just rinse your hair without using any shampoo.
Gently washing your hair, a day or two before coloring ensures that it’s clean enough for the color to hold but not too exposed that coloring will be painful. There’ll still be some oil before bleaching hair to protect your hair and scalp.