We’ve all been there: That moment you’re staring back at your reflection and decide the mane is due for a major pick-me-up. While being spontaneous with your strands can yield ravishing results, there are some hair situations you need to approach with caution, which means leaving your mane in the hands of a professional. Ahead, seven times you’re best off dialing the digits of your stylist for an appointment.
1. LIFTING COLOR
A.k.a. bleach. You wanna add a few highlights for summer? Test-drive a pop of color, but need to bleach your hair first? Regardless of your desired outcome, leave the bleaching to the pros (!) Bleaching means stripping your hair’s pigment and moisture—two things your go-to stylist will be fully equipped to handle for the TLC your tresses need post-bleaching.
2. OMBRE AND BALAYAGE
The beauty of ombre and balayage is that they’re supposed to look natural—that is, when done professionally. Too often, those attempting to perform their own ombré more or less end up looking like they dipped the ends of their hair in bleach. For next-level locks like Ciara’s, leave this one to the pros.
3. MAJOR CUTS
Taylor Swift, who was once known for her long blonde curly locks, now sports a sleek, bang-adorned bob. When making a drastic hair decision like T Swift, make sure you face the shears of a pro and not your untrained bestie.
4. STRAIGHTENING PROCEDURES
Keratin treatments, Japanese thermal reconditionings, chemical relaxers are semi-permanent straightening treatments that relax curls and frizz for a few months at a time. Since these processes call for multiple-timed applications of various chemicals, your treatment will be most effective if done by a professional.
5. DYE JOBS
One of the most important (and obvious) parts of applying all-over color is ensuring a thorough application, as to prevent any traces of previous color. When coloring your hair, especially with wild colors, do it with a professional.
6. WEDDING HAIR
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and something you’ll always want to remember as looking flawless—your wedding day ‘do. Leave it to a pro to take care of your tresses for a long-lasting, picture-perf hairstyle that never gets old f seeing in your wedding photos.
7. BUYING PROFESSIONAL USE-ONLY PRODUCTS
Like a posh purse, your mane is an investment and hence the reason you should never skimp on quality products. Ask your stylist which ones they suggest to get the most out of your new ‘do.
Follow these 5 tips to leave the salon happy every time.