10 things no one ever tells you about coloring your hair
- If you look closely at photos of most celebrities, their hair isn’t just one shade. Ladies like Miranda Kerr and Julianne Hough have multi-tonal color, which highlights their faces and gives the illusion of more movement and body in the hair.
- Whether it’s directly after or within a couple of days, getting a keratin treatment in your hair should be done right around the time that you color your strands to seal in the color.
- Yes, you should be using color treated shampoo and conditioner formulated specifically for your hair color, but you should also be using a color protecting spray and a UV spray. Harmful UV rays can fade the color of your hair, making salon trips more and more necessary.
- Whether you get a kit for root touch ups or simply use a touch up pen (like Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Color Root Touch Up and Highlighting Pen), stretch the amount of time between salon visits with a quick fix of your own.
- If you’re trying to make it look like you went to the salon when you’re actually coloring your hair at home, you need to avoid dye marks that can drip onto your skin. Use your regular moisturizer on your face, then apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly around your hairline before coloring. This way, your skin is protected and you’ll be able to wipe off the color immediately once you’re done.
- Not that we suggest messing up, but it’s nice to know that with products like Color Oops, your hair color catastrophe can be washed out completely. Just don’t throw a hair coloring party every weekend.
- There are a slew of bad ingredients that can hide in at home hair color products, and you should be looking out for all of them. Ingredients like ammonia (that can completely dry and fry your hair) and lead acetate (lead poisoning is scary enough) should be avoided like the plague. If possible, try to use the most natural hair color you can find, and talk with your colorist about which products they’re using.
- Single process is exactly like how it sounds: Applying color to the hair a single time. A double process requires bleaching out the hair (first process) and then toning the color (second process) to get the desired result. Double process takes longer and is much more harsh on hair, so be wary of this when choosing a color.
- Going lighter means stripping hair of some color and moisture, while going darker means depositing color into your hair. It’s the basic laws of subtraction and addition: Adding color is less damaging, removing your color first is more damaging.
- Color not only holds better to dirty hair (clean hair can be too slippery), but if you wash your hair before coloring, the dye or bleach may burn your scalp because it’s more sensitive then.
More often than not these days, women are coloring their hair. Besides the choice few ladies who bravely stay in the untouched hair territory, many of us take color to our hair like polish to our nails. Between highlights, dyes, single process and double process, there are a lot of options out there for hair color. But, you don't always know what you're getting yourself into, whether it be at the salon or at home.
So, we've pulled together a list of 10 things no one ever tells you about coloring your hair. Click through the gallery above!
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