Can I Dye And Perm Hair On The Same Day?

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I know that I’m not the only one who thinks that women can do multiple things at once (we are just king at multi-tasking!) I can write this blog, dream about a nice vacation, and talk to my parents on the phone all at the same time. That doesn’t make me a superhero… It just makes me a girl!

But there are some things where doing it all at once isn’t the best option. When it comes to hair matters, for example, some things are just not compatible with each other. 

A week ago a friend of mine came by and wanted some answers about whether she could dye and perm her hair on the same day. After I gave her some explanations and some things to think about I thought, why not write all you just told down and make it a nice blog post! So can more people enjoy the information and not make mistakes that others might make.

So here goes: 

Can I dye and perm hair on the same day? No, you absolutely can’t. These two processes do not work together and are not compatible with each other. They can not be done on the same day. You should do the following: do a perm, wait around 2 weeks, and then apply the dye to your hair.

Can I dye and perm hair on the same day?

A very straight answer to a very straight question. I know some people say that they have made it work but they are most certainly are lying (sorry to burst your bubble). But because both of the treatments use chemicals that change the internal structure of the hair and you just can’t make it work. 

Below I’ll explain in further detail why it is a bad idea to dye and perm your hair on the same day.

Why you should not dye and perm your hair on the same day?

As I said earlier, both of these treatments work with strong chemicals that change the structure of the hair. This means that the hair will suffer from the treatment you do and lose some of its natural moisture. Let me give you an example.

Say you start your day with the perm. You do the treatment and everything went well… Now the hair has suffered to some extent and has lost some of its natural moisture. If you then proceed with dyeing it, there come other chemicals in play that damage your hair even further! This can result in losing hair, uncontrollable frizz, and hair ends that split like the ground does when an earthquake hit.

It is just not good to do it in one day. You have to give your hair time to recover from the perm treatment. After you have given your hair about 2 weeks of rest, you can then proceed to dye your hair!

So, nothing wrong with both treatments… But please don’t do both of them on the same day. Give it rest to restore and then put some beautiful color in :).

How long after a perm can you color your hair?

I mentioned it above for a bit. But I’ll elaborate on it further below. If you’re dead-set on

dyeing your hair after a perm treatment, you have to take the time to let your hair heal. At the bare minimum

and I especially say bare minimum you must wait seven days. And at least one shampooing. But, as I mentioned above, most hairstylists recommend you to wait at least 2 weeks before you apply color to your hair. If you know that your hair has reacted poorly in the past to the two treatments in a short time don’t be in a hurry to dye it. Just wait so that your hair can recover.

But why should you wait so long?

This is because you’re doing some damage to your hair. Perm salts and permanent hair dye both consist of chemicals together that are extremely damaging to the hair. If you talk to people who have a perm and dyed their hair the same day, you probably hear them say that they indeed damaged their hair.

For some people this is minor and they will only experience some frizzing and dull and dried out hair… But for others, the damage they see is a lot more. Some may notice breakage of the hair, some people might find that they even get scalp irritation and also some people notice excessive shedding.

Now another reason for you to wait a little bit is that if you perm and dye your hair on the same day you probably do not get the color you want. This is because the two processes together will act so that the shade comes out one shade lighter than intended.

So, if you want a perm and dye your hair, you can. But if you want amazing results you should practice some patience.

Will coloring my hair ruin my perm?

No, coloring your hair will not ruin your perm. You can safely color permed hair (after you waited 2 weeks for the hair to recover from the perm treatment). 

But the thing to remember is that this is safe when you use semi-permanent hair color. Now if you want to be cautious about it, you can use something called semi-permanent hair color. This is a safe thing to do because it is something we call “deposit only”. This means that the semi-permanent hair color does not contain ammonia or peroxide. And therefore it is not damaging to your hair. 

But the thing you must remember is that this semi-permanent color lasts around four to eight shampoos.

How to prepare your hair for a perm

Now that you know that you have to be careful when you want to dye and perm your hair, I want to give you some advice on preparing for a perm. This way you get the most out of the perm and later on most out of your hair dye! Below are 3 tips that can help you!

  1. Do not layer your hair (or thin it).  Now, this doesn’t mean that you can’t do it at all, but just be sure that you don’t do it too much to achieve the best result!
  2. Avoid henna color, herbal, or keratin treatment. As you read earlier, the perm treatments use a chemical process that affects your hair. The treatment I mentioned above might leave a coating around the hair and this can affect the chemical process of the perm. The best tip I can give is to inform your hairstylist of what you have been doing with your hair for the last couple of weeks. Then he/she knows what to and gives you the best results.
  3. Maintain your hair! This sounds straightforward but just so many people forget it. It’s simple: the healthier your hair, the longer the perm will last. If your hair is already dry and damaged it will not look fantastic after a perm. Avoid this by using homecare products to prepare your hair for the perm.

Can you bleach and dye your hair on the same day?

Now that you know that you can not dye and perm your hair on the same day, it might be interesting to know if you can bleach and dye your hair on the same day, or even bleach your hair and let it sit for 2 hours. , or even bleach your hair and let it sit for 2 hours. .

But I can tell you kind of the same thing (although it depends a little on the condition of your hair. Your hair is most likely damaged from the bleaching process. This means that, just as with the dye and perm process, that your hair is dry, brittle and it may break easily.

That is why I’ll give you the same advice to wait the bare minimum of a couple of days to two weeks. This way you’re sure that your hair is recovered. Now what you also should do is deep condition your hair before dyeing it.

Some will say that you don’t need to wait a set amount of time before you dye your hair after bleaching (but I think why not be sure that your hair is recovered!) If you really can’t wait, you can always go to a hair salon to cut off a few inches so that you don’t have split ends that can ruin the hair dye.


Now you know that you most certainly can not dye and perm your hair on the same day! Know that you have to wait a bare minimum of 7 days (but about 14 days is recommended). This is just to be sure that everything turns out the way you want it to be!

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