Hair Dye Bleeding on Pillow? Here’s How To Avoid It!

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Dyeing your hair is super fun, whether it’s a mild change or *WOW*. It’s a chance for renewal and can be a huge confidence booster. 

However, one common problem that people have when dying their hair is dye transfer. The dye can get into your clothes or even on your pillows. 

Don’t let that stop you from achieving the hair color you’ve been wanting to get. Today, we’ll help you figure out how to prevent hair dye from staining your pillows so you can enjoy your colored hair without worrying about hair dye bleeding on pillow cases. 


Does Hair Dye Stain Pillows?

Pillow Case

Although hair dye is meant to color the hair, the pigments can still stain the pillows in case of contact. Pillowcases and other fabrics can easily be stained with hair dyes.

Due to the artificial color, you can expect a little bit of transfer of the dye on your pillowcases especially during the first few days of having your hair dyed. 

Store-bought hair dyes are more prone to transfer and stain.

However, professional hair color can still deposit some dyes but in smaller quantities. 

How to Prevent Hair Dye From Staining Your Pillows

Knowing that it is possible to stain your pillows is the first step in preventing it. With that knowledge, you should take some precautionary measures such as the following:

1. Thoroughly Rinse The Hair Dye

One of the most common reasons why hair dye stains the pillow is because there is an excess amount of dye that’s still on the surface of the hair.

Hair dyes are meant to penetrate the hair and stay there. If there is still a good amount of dye just on the surface, it will just transfer not only to the pillowcase but also to your skin, clothes, and other things it touches. 

2. Use Cold Water When Rinsing Hair

When rinsing your hair, make sure that you use water at the right temperature. Cold water is preferred because it helps close up the cuticle. 

Warm water will open the cuticles and that could allow the dye to seep out instead of being trapped inside. Not only will rinsing with warm water increase the chance of the dye staining your pillow, but it also increases the rate of fading. 

3. Use Hair Products That Help Seal The Color In

Color Lamination Spray

Another thing that you should check is the products that you use for your hair after coloring it. Make sure that they are meant to help seal dye in your hair cuticles.

This color lamination product spray  can be applied on the hair after coloring it. This helps seal the dye in so it won’t run. It helps prevent hair color from fading fast and from transferring to the pillowcase. 

There are also shampoos and conditioners that will help seal the hair dye in. Although the dye staining can only happen a few days right after the dying process, you should still continue using these products to make your colors last longer.

4. Thoroughly Dry Your Hair Before Sleeping

The hair dye you used transfers to the pillows when it is wet. Due to the moisture, it can stick to your pillows.

Before you sleep with newly dyed hair, make sure that it is completely dry. Damp hair still contains moisture that will help the dye run or bleed through the pillow. Fully towel dry your hair.

5. Wrap Your Pillow In An Old Towel Or Shirt

It is common for the hair dye to stain the pillow especially if it was just done. You can’t completely stop it, but you can add a layer of protection over your pillows. 

Some people use an old towel or an old shirt that they don’t mind staining. The hair dye will only transfer for a couple of days so you can add protection in the meantime. After a few days, you can remove it and you’ll see that the dye won’t transfer anymore. 

6. Use A Sleeping Cap

Aside from using old shirts or old towels to protect your pillows, you can also add protection by using a sleeping cap. Choose the ones that are made ofSilk  because they will cause less friction. That will help lessen the chances of tangles and frizz.

Sleeping caps are made of fabrics and they are not water-proof so it is still best to dry your hair thoroughly before using them. If not, the liquid can still seep out through them and stain your pillows. 

7. Avoid Sweating

As we’ve mentioned, moisture will increase the chance of transferring the hair dye. Even if that moisture comes from you sweating at night, it could still lead to the hair dye transferring to the pillows. 

That’s why even if you dried your hair thoroughly, you might still see stains on the pillow. It could be due to your sweat. Help prevent yourself from sweating at night by wearing comfy and breathable clothes. 

How To Get Hair Dye Out Of Pillowcase

If you still get hair dye on pillow case, you can try to remove them using products like laundry detergent. You can use a brush and softly work on the spot where the stain is. 

Another good option is to use oxygen-based bleach like OxiClean . You can use this as a soak and allow it to work for about eight hours. If there are still stains after the initial soaking, you can soak them again with a fresh solution.

Using chlorine bleach soak is another option you could use. However, this should only be used for pillowcases that are white. With this type of bleach, you only need to soak the pillowcase for about 15 minutes. 

Soaking fabrics for longer in this solution can weaken your fabric so limit your soaking time. Additionally, colored pillowcases will bleed if you use chlorine bleach on them. Select the type of bleach you use appropriately. 

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Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).