Can you dye your hair wet? 5 Important Questions Answered

Can you dye your hair wet

So, after I finally dyed my hair wine, my friend instantly fell in love with my hair color and wanted to do the same. But, she had just washed her hair which was still dripping wet. So she asked me if she could dye her hair wet since mine was dyed dry, and most salons dye dry hair.

Read on to find out if you can dye your hair wet, and what necessary steps you should take before dyeing your hair.

Can you dye your hair wet
Can you dye your hair wet

Can you dye your hair wet?

Yes, you can dye your hair while it’s wet, but you need to use a superior hair dye color or use a Dye that was specifically made for wet hair. Although, this doesn’t really guarantee an excellent result. This is because dying your hair while wet is like applying a temporary dye on your hair even if you used a permanent dye. So, dyeing your wet hair would eventually fade on time just like when you use a temporary dye on your hair. Also, dyeing your hair wet may be less vibrant and uneven compared to when you dye it dry.

Is it better to dye your hair wet or dry?

It is better to dye your hair dry. The hair color will not dilute, and it will last longer compared to dyeing your hair wet.

Can you dye wet hair after bleaching?

No, you should not dye wet hair after bleaching. If you want it to come out fine, then, dry your hair first. Make it at least 80% dry before you can start dyeing it after the bleaching process. Ensure you use hair treatment afterward.

What are the benefits of dyeing your hair wet? 

  •  If you use the wet balayage technique to color your wet hair, it will add a subtle dimension to it. This technique is a low-maintenance highlighting method. It makes the brightened ends of your hair beautiful. You will need to use bleach for this wet balayage technique.
  • If your hair is thick or coarse, depending on the length and density of your hair, it will help to distribute the hair color more evenly.
  • Using semi-permanent hair dye will open up the cuticles of the hair shaft and allow the color to absorb better into wet strands.

What are the dangers/disadvantages of dyeing wet hair?

  • It will dilute your hair color and will not make it work correctly. Your hair color may come out lighter because it has been diluted.
  •  It may open the cuticles that shield your hair and end up damaging it. When you use peroxide on wet hair; it is likely to cause a lot more damage than bleaching dry hair.
  •  The hair color may not come out properly. You may have darker and lighter patches; uneven hair color.
  •  You may have frizzy broken ends.
  • When hair is dry, natural oils we produce work on protecting our strands. With wet hair getting damaged easily, you can do a few things to keep it healthy, especially after the dyeing treatment. Try avoiding heat, brushing, and drying it with a towel.
  • This being said, we are left with two options for dyeing wet hair: demi-permanent and semi-permanent colors.

How can you protect your color-treated hair?

Don’t use shampoos and conditioners that have harsh chemicals in them; instead, choose a gentle, nourishing,  and color-protecting shampoo and conditioner. They offer nutrient-rich oils that will treat your hair, ease frizz and prevent breakages.

Can you dye wet hair extensions?

Hair extensions are also referred to as hair integrations. Since hair extensions (whether natural or synthetic hair) are added to the length and volume of your hair; that means it is on your hair. It is like you are dying your hair as well. The result will still be the same as you are dyeing your wet hair.  So, don’t dye your extensions while they are wet.

Permanent hair color on wet or dry hair?

You should apply permanent hair dye to dry hair, especially when you want to lighten your hair. Applying a permanent hair color on dry hair gives you a good result.

If you decide to apply permanent hair dye on your wet hair, it would become semi-permanent when you are applying the dye, because the hair has already absorbed water.

Semi-permanent color on wet hair?

You can apply a semi-permanent color to your wet hair. Since the hair shaft is open, it will absorb color better. Moreover, a semi-permanent color doesn’t contain ammonia.

What is the difference between semi-permanent dye and permanent dye on your hair?

Semi-permanent hair dye wears off after the eighth to tenth wash while permanent hair dye wears off after six to eight weeks. That means the permanent hair dye would stay longer on your hair compared to the semi-permanent hair dye.

Also, the semi-permanent hair dye doesn’t penetrate the hair but covers it, while permanent hair dye is mixed with a developer to allow the color to penetrate the hair cuticle for long-lasting color.

However, you can dye on damp hair if your hair dye is extremely dark. This will leave you with a lighter result.

Steps on how to dye your hair wet?

If you want to dye damp hair, not dripping wet hair, don’t use peroxide on your hair so it doesn’t damage your hair. Follow the following steps:

  • First, rinse your hair with lukewarm water, then use a towel to squeeze the excess water.
  • Instead of the first option, you can decide to dampen your hair throughout the hair dyeing process. Let there be water beside you; make it damp and not dripping wet.
  • Dye your hair starting with the roots; ensure you use an equal amount of dye all over your head. You can also apply the dye in any other area you want to be covered.
  • Add more dye than normal on your hair because your damp hair is going to dilute the hair dye.
  • Comb your hair to ensure that your entire hair has gotten hair dye.
  • Put on a shower cap
  • Leave it for some time; about 20 minutes (check the instructions for more information)
  • Wash your hair with shampoo. Ensure that the products you are using are safe and color-protecting.


Does your hair have its own defense mechanism?

Yes, it does! It protects you from chemicals like peroxide, ammonia and alcohol used in the production of hair dyes. These chemicals in dye are  harsh. If not carefully applied, it can cause scalp irritation, hair breakage, and damage.

Hair’s natural defense mechanism is “sebum oil.” It is a waxy oily substance. It is on the skin and scalp to keep it moisturized and protect from infections and harsh chemicals used in dye. It is produced by your sebaceous glands.

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