I was preparing for a direct dye application. I did step 1 (Crystal Gel) of the Malibu MakeOver by Malibu C, rinsed and dried, applied my direct dye, rinsed, then applied step 2 (Miracle Repair) It was awesome! My color was even and my hair felt sleek and bouncy. I believe it also contributed to the longevity of my color with less fading.