Does hair dye expire?

on Jun 06, 2013 @ 08:11 am

I buy different hair dye brands and root touch up's when they go on sale so I always have some on hand. I used a John Fredia brand about a month ago and after only one week my gray hair came through. I left it on for the right amount of time and only washed my hair twice. My head also became very itchy right after my hair had dried. I've used the same brand before this and I never had any trouble with it in the past. Then I tried one of the root touch ups I had on hand and although it was one I've used in the past as well and it was the right color, it turned my roots red not the brown they were supposed to be. This is why I'm wondering if hair dye of and type or brand expires. I looked over every box I have and I couldn't find a use by date on any of them.  If there is a use by date on these products I sure can't find one. If anyone knows anything about this could you please let me know before I do any more damage to my hair?? Thanks

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Ali de Bold
A few years on Jun 06, 2013 @ 08:37 am

The shelf life for an unopened box of hair dye is a few years from the manufacturing date. Was there a manufacture date on the box? This assumes it has been properly stored in a cool dry place (i.e not in your bathroom collecting shower steam for 5 years). Did you notice if the bottle was compromised at all? Swelling, sediment, etc.

As far as the root touch-up kit giving you a different colour that could be because it was applied too soon after the failed hair dye attempt. The chemicals don't always play nicely together.

I think at this point you have two options: Go to a professional salon just for this time since you don't want to make matters worse and they should know what to do, or if you can stand it, wait a few weeks and try again with a new product.

Since you are stockpiling your stash make sure you are storing it properly and also see if you can find any manufacturing dates. They really should put the expiry dates on the box.

Good luck!

Try this on Jun 06, 2013 @ 01:30 pm

I'm not positive it works for hair dye but its really good to find out if your makeup has expired.

I cant add anything else Ali gave some good points!


Thanks on Jun 07, 2013 @ 08:53 am

I looked and I can't even see a manufactures date on any of the boxes I have. Maybe I need new glasses, but I even tried looking with a magnify glass and still couldn't find anything. I think I'm going to write the makers and see if they can give me and info.

Thank for your help.

Hmm.. on Jun 09, 2013 @ 09:13 am

I've always wondered that too. Hair dye boxes used to have an expiry date on them, but the last few that I've purchased haven't had any kind of code on them what-so-ever.

I was told.. on Jun 11, 2013 @ 09:36 am

by Clairol that their hair dye has a shelf life of three years, but they still didn't tell me how I can tell how long its bin sitting on the store shelf's. I asked again and they asked to give them the batch code so they could look for me. I don't know where to find a batch code so I asked her if she meant the bar code because that was the only code I could find on any of the brands I have. She hasn't answered me back yet, but if she does give me any info I think we all can use I'll be sure to let everyone know. They really should just put the expiry date on all of them so we all know what we're buying.

Ali de Bold
Glad they are looking into that for you on Jun 11, 2013 @ 10:42 pm

They really should add those dates right on the box. That would certainly help avoid situations like this. Let us know how it all turns out!

It Only expires... on Jun 12, 2013 @ 06:00 pm

I've read and heard in the past that it doesn't really expire, however, once it's been mixed , it should be used at once, as this will eventually make it go bad. That's why it's meant for one time use. If you're really concerned, call the company or manufactuer and let them know about the problems you had. I'm sure they'll be more than likely to take your concerns seriously. Hope you get an answer that you're satisfied with. Good luck.

I finally got some answers! on Jun 14, 2013 @ 09:08 am

I looked on the Nice & Easy boxes that I have over and over again and I couldn't find a batch code on either box. I was finally able to find the batch code's for two other products I have and was told one was only six month old, but the other was a year and a half old. They both are still good because she said they have a shelf life of three years.

I told her that I wasn't the only one that would like to see expiry dates put back on these products and she told me she would pass that onto the makers. So with any kind of luck this will be changed. If more of us wrote to these company's and complained about this, or complained on the products face books pages, maybe we can get this changed a lot sooner and we'd all be much better off.

I've worked for a few places that never thought twice about selling out dated products of all kinds to their customers. It can be pretty hard to tell when a lot of products we buy and use everyday expire because they use codes that most of us don't understand. This has to stop, but won't if we don't start speaking up.


I Agree on Jun 14, 2013 @ 05:44 pm

I agree with you Donna. However, not all companies use the same coding system for their expiry dates. Sometimes they're written with letters and numbers, with the first and second letter/s representing the month and the number representing the year. I know this as because my mom works at Bonduelle in Tecumseh, Ont. and they have a certain way, usually with letters and numbers representing the month and year in which their food products expire. Since my mom knows how the codes work and what letter represents what, she can easily figure out the expiry date. I, myself, don't like that, but once you know how a company uses codes to determine expiry dates, it becomes easier. And yes, maybe we all should write to companies and politely ask them to use a system that clearly states the expiry date/s. I personally would prefer the YY/MM/DD format. I don't like when some companies use the day, month, year format. Sometimes they are hard to determine. I will say that I've noticed more and more companies, especially beauty companies are putting little symbols on their products with a little icon with an open lid on it with a month number on it to say how long that product will last once opened. That will give you an idea of when/how long the product is good/effective after opening. Happy to hear you got some answers.

Kate Russell
yupss...! on May 26, 2014 @ 08:47 am

mine actually do :p

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