Read This Before Coloring Your Hair

If you are thinking about coloring your hair at home, think twice before using box color for the first time or even if you plan on doing it again. Doing your hair color at home may save you time and money in the short-term, but over time if you ever plan on changing your hair color it will end up costing you a lot more having to make an appointment with a color specialist that will most likely need to do a color correction. Here are insider tips for what you need to know before dyeing your hair.

Do your homework first, by doing some research on the internet, find pictures of the looks you want. Once you decide on the look you want, the next step is to use Instagram to research the one colorist that post the style and look you desire most. In fact, many hair colorists that have Instagram pages and will post before-and-after photos of their work. By researching to see what they’ve done, will give you an idea of the type of work they do best.

Once you find the hair colorist of choice, next schedule a consultation before booking your actual appointment. Many colorists will offer a complimentary consultation. Bring in photos of what you want. It’s key to be on the same page with the colorist regarding what you want, and what it’s going to take to accomplish the look you want. Keep in mind scheduling an appointment without a consultation first, will most likely not be the right amount of time you’ll need to achieve the look that you want. That’s why it’s a good idea to meet with the colorist beforehand, so you both can decide on the look, shade, and technique that will best suit you.

Now that you have your appointment set up, here are a couple of tips that will ensure the best color take. The day before you go to get your color done it is best to clarify your hair and apply a hair masque treatment. We recommend using COLURE’s Clean Start Shampoo to rid the hair of product build-up and residue that may have coated the hair. This cleansing process will give you the best color take and will allow the hair treatment to absorb properly into the hair shaft.

After you have rinsed, and towel dried your hair. Apply the hair masque treatment all over and comb through using a wide tooth comb. For this, we recommend COLURE’s Regenerative Hair Masque. Leave in hair for 5-10 minutes or longer if you have extremely damaged and dry hair. This hair treatment will restore and repair your hair and prep it for the color process.

After your hair color service, we recommend not to shampoo for an at least a day or two. Time will allow the hair color to bond to the hair better. Also, we suggest changing your shampoo and conditioner if you don’t already own color-safe hair products. Make sure your shampoo and conditioner are for color-treated hair. We recommend COLURE Richly Moisturize Shampoo and Conditioner each time you cleanse and condition your color-treated hair.

Last yet not least, be sure to preserve your hair color; sun and heat protection is a must. Hats, scarves, and a UV-Thermal protection spray — We suggest using COLURE Leave Spray Plus to keep your hair color protected against heat and the sun. Otherwise, your hair color can turn brassy or fade a lot quicker without the additional color protection.