a little experiment
I purchased this Border Leicester/Corriedale cross fleece last June at Woolfest. A hefty, 8.5 lbs, I washed it in the usual way: throw the whole thing into the washing machine with a bit of Power Scour, wash again, rinse, dry. Nothing special. But it was greasy and I should have been a little more attentive.
After dyeing a bit, I could see just how greasy it still was, so much so that I could hardly separate the locks after they dried. I didn’t feel good about the state they were in, so I decided to do a little experiment. I put each color in a wash bag, filled the washing machine with hot water and a few squirts of Power Scour, and gave the dyed locks a bath. After rinsing and drying, they were much easier to deal with. I’m glad that I went ahead and washed them again for a few reasons: 1) It is a better product for my customer 2) Now I know that washing the locks after dyeing does not effect the color. I have been asked in the past whether washing dyed locks would take out the color. I felt rather confident saying “no”, but now I know for sure! If you have locks that are too tacky, go ahead and give them a bath. Just be gentle so they don’t start felting.