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The Cardinal Rules of Hair Coloring

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Having your hair professionally colored is a must. If you have tried an at-home hair color kit in your own bathroom, you know what we mean. It makes such a mess and you never quite get the color you want. To ensure that you avoid a hair disaster, you should trust a professional colorist and their coloring expertise.

Whether you’re touching up your highlights or going for a total color overhaul, there are a few things you should to know before going under the foils. Here are some of the cardinal rules of hair coloring.

hiliteGoing Darker is Healthier Than Going Lighter

If you’re interested in making a change, but aren’t sure which way to go, consider going darker, especially if you already have dry or damaged hair. When you go darker, you are actually depositing color as opposed to removing it from the cortex. Going lighter is a much harsher procedure and it takes a harsher chemical: bleach. If you have blonde highlights, maybe consider some caramel or cocoa shades next time you head to the salon.

Unprocessed ‘Virgin Hair’ Colors Best

The healthier your hair is, the better your color will look. The less you have colored it, the easier it is for your stylist to make your new color look great.  You can use a regular deep conditioning treatment in the weeks leading up to your appointment to get your hair in the best shape. We have a few reconstructive masques that work great for all hair types and textures.

washDon’t Wash Your Hair Before

You should never be embarrassed to see your stylist with dirty hair. The truth is that it is best if you don’t wash ahead of time. A good rule to follow is, before you get your hair colored, do nothing.  If you get your hair colored after a shampoo or scrubbing or scratching your head, it can burn your scalp. So be careful.

Don’t Shampoo

We always recommend waiting a day to give your hair a deep cleaning because it can cause your color to fade. As far as conditioner, you should wait three days for a deep conditioner unless you’ve bleached, then condition as soon as you can. Depending on hair type and dryness, once a week is a good regimen. If hair is really damaged, feel free to deep condition every day and consider a professional treatment at a salon.

41yyyG3oVmLColor-Protective Products

All those shampoos, conditioners, and styling aids that claim to protect your color actually do. They are more gentle and often have essential fatty acids that help to avoid stripping hair color. With red hair, as it fades faster, it is essential. These Color specific shampoos and conditioners do not have surfactants or sulphates that might strip color. The professional products also have UV protectors to protect color from fading. In addition, you can use a sunscreen specifically designed for hair.

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