Should you Wash Your Hair After a Haircut

Should you Wash Your Hair After a Haircut?

Should you Wash Your Hair After a Haircut? Cutting your hair doesn’t change the way it looks no matter when you wash it.

If you’re not happy with the haircut you got in the salon, or some loose hairs keep bothering you, it’s easy to wash your hair by yourself.

If you just got a haircut that needs to be styled, then you should practice it before you wash your hair so that the style will stay the same afterward.

As you can see, it is really up to you what you want to do with your hair, but it is important that if your stylist colors your hair, they always go over it again after you get a cut.

And this isn’t a minor detail.

Let me tell you about one of my clients, Sophia, who came to the salon to get a short bob cut.

Personally, I think this haircut makes women look unique and alluring. It’s a very personal touch that always garners attention.

After going over the options and making sure that the haircut would look good on Sophia, I went to work

After two hours, Sophia looked like a new person. The cut had given her features a freshness that showed off her facial features. By leaving the length below her chin, it hid the rounded part of her face

She was happy & never stopped thanking me for the change which looked really great on her.”

What to do after a haircut?

But, two hours later she was back in the salon, furious.

I was amazed at how her personality changed so radically. From being civil to being terrible — which is, thankfully, she left her axe at home.

When I asked her what happened, she said that she had washed her hair when she got home and that the cut was badly done because there was nothing left of the hairstyle.

I tried not to laugh and asked her if she remembered that I had advised her to use a straightener after washing her hair in order to give it a face-framing effect.

She turned red, then purple, then green. It was clear she wasn’t happy with what happened. I felt bad for her so I did her hair for free.

Do you realize why I’m telling you this story?

There is no evidence to suggest that your hair cut will be affected if you wash your hair. But because stylists argue that it can, some people might want to give up washing their hair in order to protect their haircut.

As if! If a haircut is done well, nothing should happen to your hair even if you wash it 100 times.

Therefore, it is important to remember that even though we’re talking about haircuts, these are not the same thing as a style cut with a hot hairbrush or curling iron.

As well as this, I try to imagine how they might feel. For example, in the salon I never forget to put a cape on before cutting the client’s hair since there’s always a risk of finding strands on their clothes.

And I can understand that itchy hair is a distraction. Not only that, but you should know that it’s also possible to wash off those bothersome loose hairs, after going through your haircut

Do you want me to tell you how washing your hair after a haircut can help protect it?

Professional stylists recommend that you wash your hair post-cut to understand how best to style it. Plus your hair will look better when it’s clean, which will make the whole experience more fun!

With a bob cut, it is a lot easier to care for your hair. Plus, you might even need to practice for a few days before you can perfect the shape of your new style.

So, to make sure you’re completely on top of when it’s best to wash your hair after a cut, I’m going to tell you:

  • Easy cuts to style that allow you to wash your hair right after cutting it
  • Cuts that aren’t good for washing your hair right after cutting it
  • The times you should never wash your hair after getting it cut

The last point might seem contradictory because I told you that you can always wash your hair after getting it cut. However, there are some exceptions to the rule.

While reading the following, imagine what may be the exceptions. Do you want a clue?


Most cuts only need a blowdryer to stay in shape, but others will need more work. Haircuts that are easy to style don’t necessarily require any work after the first wash.

If you like to get out of the shower without doing anything to your hair, try one of these cuts:


This is one of the easiest short hairstyles to maintain and Jennifer Aniston made it famous on “Friends” with her bouncy, curly locks. I remember all the laughs we shared with those friends.

The reason it’s so easy to style your hair after washing it is because you cut it in a non-structured manner.


You don’t need to be an expert stylist to get amazing results with this type of haircut. Simply wash your hair and you’re good to go. No need for any styling products

Long and medium-length haircuts

An always present classic for a reason, right?

Haircuts at this salon are always comfortable and fresh. You can wash your hair after cutting it and the cut will last, without you having to spend time styling it.

While some cuts may require some work, the right adjustments can lead to better productivity and more free time on your part.

To give your hair some additional time to set, just skip washing it right after the salon. This will increase your chances of having that new ‘do last.

If you lose your hairstyle, that will be the end of it. You’ll spend hours repeating the same process over again to recreate it.

Do you want to know which haircuts these are?


You’re probably wondering what makes these cuts hard to style.

There are several different cuts that someone might want to keep in mind. The truth is that some of them have certain details that need to be taken into account.

Others might need brushing or straightening, while some may also need gel or mousse to highlight certain parts.

I think it’s important to clarify that this does not apply for washing your hair after the cut. Instead, it’s because hairstylists can perfect your style to look like you just came out of the salon.

If even after knowing this, you still want to wash your hair, you should know that:

  • Long and short bobs: If your hair isn’t straight, you should use a straightener to give it the pointy effect that frames your face.
  • Symmetrical bobs: You should use a hot brush to smooth the ridges that naturally form at the tips.
  • Blunt bangs: Straight hair is easier to style and maintain, so if you don’t have it or haven’t given your bangs a straightening treatment, the straightener would be a good idea.

Now, do you have an idea about when not to wash your hair after a cut? If you’re still not sure, I’m about to clear it all up


If in addition to getting your hair cut, you did any of the following treatments, don’t wash your hair after the cut

Let’s start with the first.

Haircut + dye

If you had a haircut and dyed your hair, I recommend waiting at least 2 days before washing it. There’s no quicker way to wash away the dye that you just spent hours applying!

The dye pigments in hair dyes adhere better to the hair fibers.

Haircut + Straightening Treatment

Don’t even think about washing your hair if you had a straightening treatment!

As you know, after this process, the style of your hair is set and you should wait 48 hours before touching any water at all.

Haircut + Perm

To get the desired results, perms need to stay in your hair for 48 hours before touching any water at all.

Except for these three exceptions, when there is something beyond just a haircut, you won’t have any type of problem if you want to wash it after your cut.

You’ll just have to practice a little bit with the hair styling before you can achieve the perfect shape.

So, will you be washing your hair after cutting it?


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