Summer is here, and perhaps you’ve been tossing the idea of changing up your hair color around in your head, unsure of what color would be right for you. With the help of Lionesse, and this gorgeous infographic, we will detail some of the do’s and don’ts of hair color – and help you make the wisest, most beautiful decision possible. Let’s take a look at some of the do’s first, followed up by the don’ts to guide you along.
DO Consider Your Skin Tone
Taking your skin tone into account can help you or your stylist find the perfect match, highlighting your features – especially your eyes – and helping you to not look washed out or dull.
DONT Start with Clean Hair
When you dye your hair, the hair should be at least one to days unwashed. This will help the color absorb better into the hair.
DO Follow Package Directions for At-Home Coloring
Following package directions when it comes to your at-home coloring kit is the best way to ensure you are getting the most from your color. There are also very important safety warnings as well found within the literature and instructions that come with your kit – and they are exceptionally important to ensuring a safe coloring experience. Be sure to follow them every time you color at home – especially the skin patch test procedure, even if you have used that particular brand and color at home. Allergies can develop over time, and it’s a very wise decision to be safe rather than sorry.
DONT Correct Dye Mistakes on Your Own
It’s better to leave mistakes made to your stylist, as they are specially trained in fixing just such mistakes. You could end up making the problem worse by attempting a fix on your own.
DO Protect Your Hair From the Sun
Going out into the sun can be very damaging to the hair. When you’re spending time outdoors, be sure to use a good hair sunscreen spray and opt for wearing a hat to protect your hair from the sun.
DONT Wash Your Hair for 48 Hours After Coloring
When you color your hair at home or even head to your salon to get a color done, be sure not to wash your hair – no matter what kind of shampoo you plan to use – for at least 48 hours. The color could accidentally be removed from the hair in doing so.
DO Use Shampoos and Conditioners for Color Treated Hair
Always be sure to use color elongating shampoos and conditioners that are free of sulfates to prolong your color experience. Regular shampoos generally contain sulfates which strip the hair of natural oils and even color.
DONT Use Too Much Hairspray
Using too much hairspray can cause product buildup in the hair, strip the hair of color, and also damage color-treated hair. Use a minimal amount in as least of a control hold as you need.
DO Use Hair Serum for Styling the Hair
When you use your flat iron, blow dryer, and curling iron, always use a good hair serum to help protect your hair and give it a beautiful shine.
DONT Heat Style Without Heat Protection
Anytime you heat style your hair, no matter if it’s color treated or not, always be sure to use heat protection to maintain the health of your hair and avoid permanent damage to the hair.