Should i cut or dye my hair first

Should i cut or dye my hair first: What to do? Cut or color? Solved!

Do you want to know whether I should cut or dye my hair first: what to do? Cut or color? No more guessing games. Instead, pay close attention while I solve this question for you.

When cutting your hair, dye should always take precedence before you start cutting. Once the dye is in, if you find you need to cut your hair to match the length at this point – go ahead and trim away!

If you have the patience, going to a barbershop first before dyeing it is a good option. Pixie cuts and bobs require a lot of maintenance work that requires substantial time–even to just maintain the look!

If you are going to get a balayage, it’s best to cut your hair first.

A lot of factors go into making a decision when deciding to cut or color your hair:

  • Your hair’s current state and health
  • The kind of haircut you want to get
  • The technique and products you’ll use on your hair

Let’s say you need help to choose between two different options. One of them is just a little “off” for you, but the other one is perfect. It’s easy to have mixed feelings about both of them which can make decision making really difficult.

Sally came to my salon with the idea of getting a balayage. Her hair was generally in a good condition because she took care of it well.

But, with her ends in such a poor state, they were in need of trimming. It is the only way to get rid of them once they’ve split into smaller sections.

The ends of your hair are the oldest and weakest parts, so cutting them doesn’t do much. Instead, by trimming the same even amount from the top and bottom, you get a thicker/ healthier looking head of hair.

Sally wanted me to cut off a little more length from her split ends, and she even suggested I just go ahead and cut a few centimeters more.

What do you think I did first with Sally cut or color?

That’s right, I cut her hair first and then did her balayage. And there’s a reason why I did it in that order.

Piper wanted to dye her hair blonde, but first she bleached the hair and then dyed it to achieve that light shade. Lastly, we trimmed her hair once it had finished processing.

I decided to dye her hair first before cutting it, since the chemical processes damaged her ends.

I find that’s typically true for lighter colored hair as well as those with darker roots. Your stylist should be able to give you their expert opinion on this.

You may not be satisfied by that answer and want to ask us more questions and we want you to know the full story.

  • When it’s a good idea to dye your hair first, then cut it
  • When it’s better to cut your hair before you dye it  

Once you read this, the only thing that you’ll have left to decide is how short or long you want to cut your hair.


If your goal was to get an even color by bleaching, make sure you cut your hair after you dye it

If you’re going to dye your hair, you should go to a qualified professional.

Do you know why?

One of the major mistakes women who dye their hair often make is using a one-tone color to cover their whole head without realizing that the shade may end up looking dramatically different when it dries.

With this in mind, people often go to the salon looking for a solution – that would be to bleach their hair.

In cases when clients have faded or unknown hair colors, or when they have a color that is too dark, the hair colorist will bleach the hair with a light hand to even out the tones and make it look perfect.

This will fix uneven tones in your hair. However, it can also lead to some other side effects like split ends

You should use bleach cautiously, as it might damage the ends of your hair. If this happens, feel free to cut them.

If you want to dye your hair a different color while you have your hair cut short, wait until after your hair is dyed before cutting it.

Many women come to me wanting a change from their hair color and knowing the work I do they know they’ll end up with a beautiful result.

To do so, I would need you to strip all the color out of your hair strands in order to apply a new, different color. This is an aggressive process for once’s hair – damaging it along the way – but it may be necessary depending on your desired goal.

If you used the light blonde color on your hair, please cut it after.

If you want to change your hair color but have just bleached it, always go back and have a quick trim for those damaged areas.

Some girls like to change their hair color a lot. Do you like changing the blonde shade of your hair often?

If you have blonde hair, then you probably know that it’s not always easy to keep it looking good. However, there are a few things you can do to make upkeep a little easier.

For instance, if your color starts fading from too much exposure to chlorine or minerals in the water, consider using a temporary touch-up dye.

That’s why when you change your hair color, it’s best for your ends to be trimmed up after lightening them in any way.

And unfortunately it can’t be undone: If you lighten your hair to a new blonde color, you’ll need to cut your hair so that the dark roots don’t show.

I told you I would explain why Sally was cut first and then dyed.

Good. Then the time has come for me to keep my promise.


Up to this point, we’ve seen that as a general rule, it’s not recommended to cut your hair within 24 hours of dying it.

If you have a pixie cut or bob in mind, it may be a good idea to cut your hair beforehand before you dye it.

It’s sometimes easier to get a cut or new style before giving your hair color more of an overhaul

If you are still intent on cutting your hair, then it wouldn’t be sensible to waste your money and time on expensive hair dye which you are just going to cut off.

On the other hand, if you dye hair that is no more than a few weeks old it will suffer less damage.

Want to know why?

The answer lies in the way your hair grows.

Hair grows around 0.4-0.5 cm a month, or around 15-20 inches in a year. With your hair being 15in long from scalp to end, this suggests that the ends of your hair are about 3 years old and have been through a lot of chemical treatments in the meantime.

Cutting your hair before you dye it can have a positive impact on the quality of your hair. It will also help to avoid any damage from the dye process. This will help create stronger, healthier looking hair

To get a balayage or other color that requires fading, you should cut your hair before coloring it.

When you get a balayage, the dye goes on and it’s not like your hair is going to grow like crazy like it would with regular highlights.

So if you have really long hair, then cut your hair before getting any type of highlights including balayage.

Balayage is a technique that gradually fades from the middle of your hair to the end. This technique has been around since the 1980s and is popular amongst celebrities today.

What would happen to your balayage if you cut your hair after it’s finished?

The balayage would disappear!


You should always cut your hair before you color it for any type of technique that has a gradual effect (balayage, ombre and highlights)

Imagine how upsetting it would be to invest four hours in a new look, and then lose it because of a bad haircut.

Now you shouldn’t have any more questions about what to do first, cut your hair or dye it

What will you do to your hair first?


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