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Can I apply dye to wet hair?
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Can you put hair dye on wet hair?

You’re probably wondering if you can apply hair dye to wet hair. The answer to this question is controversial. After all, there are many factors to consider before you apply the dye. In more detail, let’s explore in our blog article.

Can I apply dye to wet hair?

Can I apply dye to wet hair?
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You can apply dye to wet hair, but it is important to adhere to certain rules. Below we will take a look at the two options for wet hair in which you can and can’t apply dye.

Clean, wet hair

Clean, wet hair
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In this case, you can not apply the dye, and all because it can significantly damage the scalp and the hair itself. When the hair is clean and free of native sweat, sebum and even dirt and dust particles, it is this thin layer that helps the dye to harm the hair more than usual. When the hair is clean and wet, the dye will act more aggressively.

Wet but messy hair

Wet but messy hair
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This option is much better than the first, but it is also not recommended to use professional hairdressers. And the thing is that the paint can lay unevenly and in addition, not all dyes can be used on wet hair. The manufacturer produces different variants of paints. Some are suitable for wet hair, while others are not.

The benefits of dyeing wet hair

The benefits of dyeing wet hair
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First of all, it is much less harmful to your strands. When your hair is wet, the cuticle is more open, allowing the dye to penetrate the shaft better. And because you’re not using heat to dry your hair before coloring, you’re also not putting a lot of stress on it. But this point only works if your hair is messy.

Another big plus is that it uses less dye on wet hair. That is, there is a good saving of dye composition.

Disadvantages of dyeing wet hair

Disadvantages of dyeing wet hair
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The main disadvantage of dyeing wet hair is that it is more difficult to apply the composition evenly. This is what the experts say most often. When hair is wet, it tends to curl and curl, resulting in an uneven texture. When dyeing, the uneven areas will not be touched by the dye and this can cause gaps in the coloring.

There are also a lot of cheap and expensive dyes on the market just for coloring dry hair. It is harder to find dye for wet hair.

Tips for dyeing wet hair

Tips for dyeing wet hair
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  • Be very careful and meticulous when coloring wet hair. You won’t be able to do it without help;
  • Before dyeing wet hair, you can spritz it with a special oil before dyeing. This will help to distribute the paint more evenly and qualitatively;
  • Remember that you should not wash your hair three days before dyeing;
  • After dyeing wet hair, do not dry it with a hair dryer, so as not to cause more damage to your hair.