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

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

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.


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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