People love to change the color of their hair, but few people consider the potential impact on the health of their locks. There are certain things you can do to ensure that your hair reacts as well as possible to a dye job while reducing the potential for a bad reaction or bad dye job.
Go See a Professional, Especially for Wild Colors
Do you want to go many shades lighter? Are you interested in brilliantly colored mermaid hair? Seeing a professional stylist is critical to the success of your hair coloring, especially if you want something more advanced like a color fade.
Professionals know how to make colors work for individuals and adjust dyes that aren’t quite right. Someone who really understands hair can also give you a more realistic expectation in terms of dramatic changes. You can also expect bright colors to last longer when they come from a professional formula instead of a ready-mix bottle you bought at the mall.
Take Your Time with Dramatic Changes
Do you want to lighten your hair many shades? Doing so over a number of treatments is probably your best bet. The chemicals that lighten and bleach hair are harsh, so using a little at a time can help prevent the worst of the potential damage.
Gentle Is Better When You Dye Regularly
Have you considered an ammonia-free hair dye? It may be time to really think one over. The harsh chemicals in hair dye can leave your locks dry, brittle and limp. Choosing a safer and more natural dye system can reduce the damage from the regular coloring sessions that are necessary for root maintenance and good gray coverage.
Condition the Night Before
To make sure your hair is as healthy and manageable as possible, give it a natural deep-conditioning treatment the evening before your dye session. Not only will you help protect your hair from the damage associated with coloring, you will also improve its texture and make it more manageable when it comes time to start dying.
Start with Clean, Combed Hair
Most people know that washing is important before dying, but fewer understand the importance of combing. Having neat hair will make application faster and smoother. You (or your stylist) can easily partition your hair and apply the dye that much faster. Combing also eliminates the risk of undyed sections because parts of your hair got hidden in tangles.
Strand Tests Are Critical for Color and Allergies
Every head of hair is unique. Just because you think the color of the dye is perfect doesn’t mean you’ll love how it affects your locks. It is very possible for a new dye to irritate your scalp or have an unexpected coloring affect on your hair. Doing a strand test helps ensure you don’t have a skin reaction to the dye and you like the color it creates.
Start with the Gray Areas
If you want to completely cover those pesky gray hairs, start with the gray hair first. These hairs can take longer to absorb the dye and darken to match the rest of your head. By starting here, you ensure that the color-resistant grays on your head will have more time to soak up the dye you’re applying.