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Old 07-21-2009, 07:40 PM   #1
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I'm going to color my hair (highlights and lowlights) and I'm wondering if I should clarify and DT before I go... Or just DT after. I'm going to a salon that it not CG friendly, so I'm trying to treat my hair well before and after.
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Unless you are taking your own Sulfate free poo with you (which I do), dont Clarify now. They are going to shampoo you after your color.

And never DT RIGHT after color, it leeches the color prematurely. I would DT before hand if you like, but rinse well so your hair takes the color properly.
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Old 07-21-2009, 08:00 PM   #3
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Oh, wow! Thank you! I would have wreaked major havoc on my hair! I'll just leave it be. Any suggestions for how long I should wait after the color to DT?
Thanks again!!
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I think they usually recommend not even shampooing for 48 hours -- I try to put very little water on mine for 48 hours to let the color set. I am light blonde though and between the sun and the styling products, it seems to lighten up really fast, plus I am in the ocean every day and I don't go on the beach without a hat, but I won't wear a hat in the ocean -- can we say geeky with a bathing hat on LOL.
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I have heard differing numbers - 48 hours for shampooing (the cuticle is still open from the chemicals and therefore will release the color prematurely). My colorist (and paranoia) say not to DT for a Full week, as allegedly it can take up to that long for the cuticle to fully close and the color to take??

With the money I spend on coloring I takes me no chances. Plus I get red highlights and red is notorious for early fading.

BettinFla is spot on re the sun - kills hair and color. Either wear a hat to the beach or use a hair SPF.

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I use a baking soda rinse (recipe link) a couple of days before I get color. I have very hard water and the minerals build up on my hair. This gently strips the mineral deposits off my hair to prepare the hair for color. I don't DT again until 1-2 weeks after color.
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Thanks again for ALL the info. I live by the beach as well and I wear a hat whenever I'm in the sun. I should probably look into the geeky bathing hat as well! ; )

Thanks for the tips!
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And never DT RIGHT after color, it leeches the color prematurely. I would DT before hand if you like, but rinse well so your hair takes the color properly.
I have never heard this before. What is the principle behind that? (Other than the fact that wetting your hair after coloring it is enough to start the color escaping because it opens the cuticle....)
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And never DT RIGHT after color, it leeches the color prematurely. I would DT before hand if you like, but rinse well so your hair takes the color properly.
I have never heard this before. What is the principle behind that? (Other than the fact that wetting your hair after coloring it is enough to start the color escaping because it opens the cuticle....)
i theorize that if water would expedite the escape of color from raised cuticle, then mousiture would hasten it??
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And never DT RIGHT after color, it leeches the color prematurely. I would DT before hand if you like, but rinse well so your hair takes the color properly.
I have never heard this before. What is the principle behind that? (Other than the fact that wetting your hair after coloring it is enough to start the color escaping because it opens the cuticle....)
i theorize that if water would expedite the escape of color from raised cuticle, then mousiture would hasten it??
Moisture as in the water needed to get the treatment out or moisture as in the treatment product ingredients?
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I have never heard this before. What is the principle behind that? (Other than the fact that wetting your hair after coloring it is enough to start the color escaping because it opens the cuticle....)
i theorize that if water would expedite the escape of color from raised cuticle, then mousiture would hasten it??
Moisture as in the water needed to get the treatment out or moisture as in the treatment product ingredients?
Oh sorry to be unclear. I meant the emollient agents in the DT.
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I think Tiffany told me she doesn't DT until about 2 weeks after she colors so that the color sets? I think...maybe she'll weigh in on this.
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I DT 24-48 hours after I color and then at about the halfway point between colorings, say about 2-3 weeks
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