Color Bleeding or Fading

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Q: I had my hair colored last Wednesday with a permanent color (red). When I washed it some dye came out. Is this normal?
A: Actually yes. Even though they are called "permanent color services", some hair color bleeds and fades a little with the first few shampoos after the color is applied. This is especially true of very dark or very bold, vivid colors (like Red).
You should cease to see any loss of color by your third shampooing. If the color continues to bleed out during shampoos, you may have overly porous hair or there may be a problem with the color that was used. In either case, you will want to see your stylist.
If the problem is overly porous hair, there are conditioning treatments and sealing treatments that can help to seal the cuticle layer. If the problem was with the color product itself, the stylist should be able to find a new color product to give you the results you want without the excessive color bleed.
See also:
How to dye hair
Bleeding hair color
Fading hair color
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