You have decided to colour your hair, bravo!! Before you take that plunge, be educated a bit of how it will affect your hair, besides the obvious change of colour. Colouring your hair means exposing your hair to the use of chemicals capable of removing, replacing and/or covering up pigments naturally found inside the hair shaft. Use of these chemicals can result in a range of effects, including temporary skin irritation and allergy, hair breakage, skin discoloration and unexpected hair colour results.
Before you colour your hair, please ensure that your hair is in good, healthy condition. Healthy hair will take on and keep your hair colour vibrant for as long as possible. So always treat your hair gently, use the right hairstyling products and shampoos. Also apply a hair treatment at least once a month. Otherwise, you may end up having drier hair than when you begin.
If your hair is dry and brittle now, please observe these few tips prior to your appointment date. If you can, please give yourself at least 3 months to strengthen your hair before or in between any chemical treatment:-
- Use a hot oil hair treatment at least 3 days before colouring to condition and prepare your hair strands to take on the new hair colour.
- Do avoid washing your hair the day of or right before colouring your hair (try to do it the day after your hot oil treatment) so that you don’t wash away the natural oils in your hair. These oils will help you achieve a more even result.
- When you do wash your hair, use a detoxifying or clarifying shampoo to remove any build-up from previous hair products. This will also ensure your strands are squeaky clean. And this is the one time you can skip the conditioner.
Choosing the right hair colour is an exciting stage. Whether you are colouring your hair at home or visiting the hair salon, choosing a hair colour that is right for you will make all the difference in the world to your final result. When deciding on the right colour, use your natural hair colour as the basis and do not go more than 2 shades darker or lighter to ensure that you get a hair colour that will flatter your skin tone. Take as much time to select your colour. The best is to consult your hair stylist. The salon will usually have colour samples kit. This is especially more helpful if you want something completely different from your natural hair colour or more complicated like highlights or two-tone hair. Just bear in mind, if you are in doubt, it is best to sort the help of a professional to avoid any potential mishap to your precious mane.
If you are colouring your hair at home, remember that the colour printed on the box will not always be the exact colour that you’ll achieve even though you have followed all instructions exactly. It’s a good idea to do a strand test first to make sure you’re not allergic to any of the chemicals in the dye and that you will be happy with the colour.
Changing hair colour is a big deal to some, but is common to others. You may fall into either category, but one thing’s for sure – the process and outcome are exciting!