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Whether you use a boxed hair color at home or you get it done professionally at a salon, the recommended wait time before washing your hair is 24 hours. If you use a double-process color (such as a base color and highlights), try to go 48 hours without washing your hair to allow your hair and scalp to build up their natural oils again.
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If you have unexpected results such as an overly vibrant, dark or ashy color, the professionals at Schwarzkopf (a leader in the hair color industry) suggest washing your hair immediately.
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Wait a minimum of 24 hours after any color process for best results, unless you want to tone down the color-in, in which case wash it immediately. Always follow up with a deep conditioner to restore moisture to the hair.
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