Dyeing Hair After Adding Highlights?

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Dyeing your hair after having highlights can be done. Keep in mind the areas that have highlights will take the dye differently than the rest of your hair. It will likely be darker, so choose your color accordingly. This is a page about dyeing hair after adding highlights.

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March 11, 2017

Recently I highlighted my hair. It went very badly, so I am thinking I would like to dye my hair again. Can I do that? And my hair highlights are a golden color.


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Yes, you can do it again but try to be gentle on the parts you already highlighted as not to strip the strands. How did it go over badly? Once you redye, you might want a trim to revive your hair.

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Yes, you can. Highlighted hair is often 'dyed' afterwards, but part of, the highlighting process.

When I was practicing, we did 'frostings.' We often applied color to the frosted hair to tone down reds and golds, which would have required further bleaching to eliminate, otherwise. Actually, applying color to the bleached hair is more gentle to the hair than further bleaching.


If you recolor your hair, do not expect to achieve an even color throughout.

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February 16, 2020

Two days ago I box highlighted my hair. I hate it and I was wondering can I go back and turn it black? I have a natural dark brown hair color. I would say its pretty healthy normally.


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February 16, 20200 found this helpful

Most of the time 2 weeks is required between colors to keep your hair healthy. If really unsure contact a professional because each situation is different!

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February 17, 20200 found this helpful

If you have highlighted your hair just a few days ago it will strip the natural color in your hair. This can cause some damage to the hair if you try to dye it again so soon.


A professional says that it is fine to dye your hair every 6 weeks. I would not really recommend dying it so soon after you have highlighted it.

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February 19, 20200 found this helpful

maybe you could put henna on it

this would allow you to grow it out for another 2 weeks where it is safe to dye again

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