Almost daily, I will have someone come in and ask me if they should wash their hair before tinting or highlighting. The idea of not washing before a color service . It's also best to wash your hair the night before coloring—hair that's too clean or . but if your hair is pin-straight, stick to more uniform color—highlights will look . Color not only holds better to dirty hair—clean hair can be too slippery—but if you wash your hair before coloring, the dye or bleach may burn your scalp because it won't have the natural oils to protect it. Aug 29, 2015 - How exactly should your strands be when you head to the salon? . to heart if you're heading to the salon, and haven't washed your hair in about a week. . The same rules apply when it comes to getting your color done. 'The . . highlights but I'm not sure whether I should be washing my hair before I go or . i was always told to have dirty hair when coloring. but call the hair salon and . If your hair needs it, the stylist will rinse before hand. . my hair the same day as the day I am having my roots touched up and getting highlights and lowlights. When I go for my highlights doing - say it was Monday, I would wash my hair today but . my old hairdresser said it was better dirtier! but i usually wash night before and . they don't stick well in unclean hair and so you can get colour seepage. . shampoo etc. Should I wash my hair now/tomorrow morning or leave. . DON'T DO IT!!!!! I had my only colour disaster last year after a decade of highlighting. Dec 15, 2008 - 'Don't wash your hair before you get it colored. . A buildup of oils and styling products may protect your scalp from being irritated by chemicals, but a dirty head of hair will only turn off your stylist. Try washing your hair the night before you color it for perfect results. Don't be embarrassed to see your stylist with dirty hair. In fact, Stone says it's best if you don't wash ahead of time. 'A good rule of thumb before you get your hair colored is 'do nothing.' If you get your hair colored after a shampoo or stimulation it can burn your scalp.'