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How to put conditioner in permanent hair colour

Updated April 17, 2017

The UK gets through 100 million hair dye kits a year. Permanent hair colour can help you achieve your desired shade of hair, but it can also be stressing on hair. The permanent dye actually penetrates into the hair and strips the hair of its natural colour, replacing the natural colour with dye. Over time, this can cause extreme damage to your hair. By adding conditioner to permanent dye before applying it, you can protect your hair and prevent some damage.

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  1. Choose your conditioner. Leave-in conditioners work best as these untangle and nourish hair, and also protects it from harsh permanent dyes. These conditioners work by providing more nutritive ingredients to hair than conditioning products that are rinsed out.

  2. Prepare your hair dye. The instructions on home hair colouring kits can vary from one brand to the next, so read the instructions completely before getting started.

  3. Squeeze one to two tbsps. of conditioner into the prepared hair dye.

  4. Mix the conditioner in with the hair dye thoroughly. The dye is now ready and you can follow through with the dying process.

  5. Tip

    If your hair is already quite damaged, you may want to use a semi-permanent dye until you get your hair to a healthier state.


    Avoid colouring your hair more than once a month. Overprocessing hair causes damage to the hair and leaves it looking dull and lifeless.

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About the Author

In 2000 Diana Prince began writing as a journalist for the school newspaper. Later, she took on a lead writing job at a locally published newspaper. Her work has appeared in various magazines and online publications. She has a degree in cosmetology, a certification in personal training and nutrition and holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and journalism from McMaster University.

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