While putting hair color in the hands of a professional is the safest bet for optimum results, colorist’s aren’t magicians and it’s best to head to your appointment prepared. So we’ve rounded up 3 tips to make sure your salon day runs as smooth as possible.
1. CONDITION YOUR HAIR THE NIGHT BEFORE
Or the week before… or the month before… Using a deep conditioner pre-color service ensures even porosity in the hair; the trait that makes sure hair color deposits evenly. It’s when we have dry patches, bleached ends, or old color that we can sometimes see varying results through different parts of our hair. Making sure we do our part to keep the hair as healthy as possible between appointments means our colorists (and wallet) won’t have to work as hard to achieve the colors we want to see.
2. GET TRIMS REGULARLY (BEFORE YOUR COLOR)
No matter how much you color your hair, if the ends aren’t healthy, the color won’t look good. Do yourself a favor and get a trim before your color service, so that you don’t end up cutting out hair you just colored, or highlights that may have been placed on the ends. Hairstylists are visual people, so having the cut you plan on keeping when you show up for your appointment gives your colorist a clear view of the canvas they have to work with.
3. USE COLOR ENHANCING PRODUCTS
It’s surprising how many people are shocked to discover that their shampoo and conditioner is pulling out their color. Cheap shampoos are diluted with alcohols and sulfates, which often times unnecessarily strip the hair of both color and moisture. Trust your colorist when they give you a shampoo and conditioner recommendation, as they want the best for you and (the longevity of) the work of art they just created. The cost of high quality shampoos and conditioners are well worth it, especially when you compare how much less your maintenance effort will be. Also- bear in mind that higher quality haircare products are more concentrated, meaning less product for the same result ( also more bang for your buck). How’s that for pros outweighing cons?