Should you wash your hair before you go to the hairdresser?

by Hair Romance on November 22, 2011 · 19 comments

in Salon Advice


Hair Romance continues its Salon Advice series to help you love your hair and your hairdresser.

Recently on Twitter someone asked if they should wash their hair before they go to the hairdresser. They were worried that their hair was oily and they would feel embarrassed at the salon.

Rubbish!

It’s like cleaning up your house before the cleaner comes over. It’s the hairdresser’s job to wash your hair so why would you wash it yourself before going to the salon?

Having your hair washed at the salon is one of my favourite parts of the salon experience. You get to lay back and relax while someone else washes your hair really well and then they give you a head massage too! It’s a salon highlight for me.

Of course, there’s always an exception to the rule and that’s if you’re having a semi-permanent colour applied. Semi-permanent colour only coats the hair, unlike permanent colour which goes inside the hair, so if your hair is really dirty or greasy it may not take the colour very well. For instance, if you have a lot of waxy or silicone based products in your hair, you may get an uneven product coating resulting in irregular colour results. So it’s better to have clean hair for semi-permanent colour but no need to prep for other processes.

Do you worry your hairdresser will judge you on how you look after your hair? Maybe you need a new hairdresser! Do you have any salon questions, Hair Romance wants you to love your hair and find a hairdresser who loves it too. Leave me a note in the comments, I’d love to hear from you.

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Melanie November 22, 2011 at 9:23 am

My hairdresser, before I moved, always insisted I come in with at least 2 day old hair (as in 2 days after my last wash), as it wouldnt have too much buildup and if it was for a quick style she wouldn’t have to mess about too much. Although a hairdresser long ago once told me if I had to wash my hair before I went in, not to use conditioner on it.

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Rebecca Kopesdy November 22, 2011 at 11:24 am

this is a funny article!! I am currently a stylists assistant (working towards getting my own chair) and I am shocked at how often people come in with squeaky clean hair, and then I have to wash it again!! Please, don’t do this! Just let us do it for you. We do not judge people with dirty hair, it is our job to make you beautiful from beginning to end!! You’re just wasting your own precious time, water, and shampoo :)

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Hair Romance November 22, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Thanks Rebecca! I love that you say it’s your job to make clients look beautiful, that’s such a great attitude!

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Tine November 22, 2011 at 8:31 pm

The best part of going to the hair salon for me is the hair wash! Head massages and having someone wash your hair…..bliss :P

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Hair Romance November 22, 2011 at 9:25 pm

I completely agree, so relaxing!

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Melody November 23, 2011 at 1:44 am

I *love* that I don’t have to wash my hair before I come in. It saves time in the morning so I can sleep in! Plus, even though I go to a cheap salon (I pay $20 for my haircuts) they treat it like a spa experience so there’s some extra scalp massaging thrown in there. Phenom.

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Hair Romance November 23, 2011 at 7:38 am

What a find! Sounds like a great salon.

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jazzy elizabeth November 23, 2011 at 3:19 am

Love this post! x hivenn p.s enter my $200 shopbop giveaway?

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Grace - Stripes & Sequins November 23, 2011 at 6:02 am

100% agree – they wash it anyway, after all!

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Hair Romance November 23, 2011 at 7:42 am

Exactly Grace! Don’t waste time washing your hair before you go to the salon

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nicola lynde November 23, 2011 at 8:20 am

I let my hair get pretty much as dirty as possible then on the morning of throw my hair up before going to the salon. They do such a perfect job washing it….I do, however try and make an honest effort to comb the knots ahead of time, my hair is a nightmare to brush.

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Hair Romance November 23, 2011 at 9:47 am

My hair always feels so much cleaner after they wash it at the salon too. Probably because I normally spend 3 minutes and they spend 10! You should try a Tangle Teezer brush, they really are great for knotty hair (and that’s not a sponsored comment)

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Kelly Exeter December 3, 2011 at 11:28 pm

My favourite favourite bit of going to the hairdresser is getting my hair washed – oh the bliss! I definitely never ever wash my hair before going there!

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Hair Romance December 4, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Me too Kelly! I wish I could afford to get them to wash my hair every week.

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Elizabeth March 24, 2012 at 9:22 pm

At my old salon, I would feel a little guilty for showing up with my hair looking like a mess. Sometimes, I would wash and style my hair to make it look nice so the stylist would see that I care for the work she’d done. And, I could be more specific about what needed to be done. But, I would also typically wait between 8-12 weeks between cuts, long after the hair had grown out of the cut. So, there were times when I went in with a messy look, desperate for inspiration!

The best part of the visit was definitely the scalp massage during the shampoo!

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Hair Romance March 25, 2012 at 9:59 am

That’s my favourite part too!

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miffny June 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I too wish I could afford to get the hairdresser to wash my hair twice a week ..nothing beats the relaxing feeling of a scalp massage & the look of a great blow dry.x

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Sierra July 3, 2012 at 2:04 am

Hello! I have long, thick, wavy hair and I always feel like it’s a burden on the hairdresser that’s doing my hair. Similar to curly hair, you can’t just run your fingers through my hair (unless you want them trapped there forever lol) and if I am going in to get it colored they have to brush it out before it gets washed so should I wash and/or brush out my hair before I get there just to save the time? Also, I always feel embarrassed going into the salon because it is so unmanageable and tangled (If you have curly/wavy hair, you know what I mean) but should I not feel this way? Do most hair stylists have enough experience with this type of hair? Thanks so much for your help! :)

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Hair Romance July 3, 2012 at 10:55 pm

It sounds like you have beautiful hair! Don’t feel awkward or embarrassed, it’s the salon’s job to look after your hair. You can brush it before you go, especially if you’re worried about it bring painful to brush out any knots. Otherwise I think you’re being too self conscious and you should relax. Your hair sounds amazing. Christina x

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