What Your Stylist Wished You Knew Before Dyeing Your Hair
Tips and tricks to ensure your hair appointment goes exactly the way you want it to.
Changing up your hairstyle is a simple way to feel like a completely different person. You can switch up the color, style, and cut whenever you want, and the best part is, if you don’t like it, all you have to do is wait for it to grow out and start all over again. Your hairstylist may be a magician, but there are steps you can take to make their life easier when dyeing your hair. While they’re capable of transforming your strands and giving you whatever look you’re going for, some work on your part is required to make sure you’re achieving the look you want as well as successfully making it last. There are a number of vital steps you must take before switching up your hairstyle in order to make sure you and your stylist are on the same page. So next time you’re itching to switch up your hairstyle, here’s What Your Stylist Wished You Knew Before Dyeing Your Hair.
Come in with Clean Hair
While a lot of people think dirty hair dyes better, the truth is having a ton of built-up product and oil on your strands can cause your color to apply unevenly. On the flip side, you don’t have to scrub like crazy, since it can make your scalp more sensitive to the dye. Give your hair a gentle wash with shampoo the night before to ensure your color will look its best.
Be Honest with Your Stylist
No matter what you’ve done to your hair in the past, whether it be any sort of treatments, blowouts, or previous colorings, it’s important you tell your stylist. What’s been done to your hair in the past can affect how your stylist goes about treating it, so be prepared to fess up!
Bringing visuals to show your stylist exactly what you want will most likely get your idea across better than words can. Showing your stylist pictures from various angles and in different lighting of what you’re hoping to achieve will make things a lot easier for the both of you.
Know a Price You’re Comfortable With
It’s very important you have a chat with your stylist before the process begins. Certain colors require more upkeep than others, and therefore require more trips to the salon and more dishing out cash. If you want a more low maintenance style that doesn’t require a monthly touch up, let your stylist know so they can recommend a style that will look great even after a few months.
Be Open to Suggestions
While you may have the perfect idea in your head of how you want your hair to turn out, keep in mind that your stylist is the professional. They’ve seen it all and they know what would look best for you depending on your skin tone, features, face shape, etc. Get your stylist’s opinion before going straight for what you want, and be open to their advice.
Trendy Colors Fade Fast
Any color other than the basics, such as pink, silver, blue, etc., can wash out in as little as five washes. For it to stay looking the way you’d like it too, it needs to be touched up at least once a month, but most likely will need more frequent touch ups than that. If you’re still set on trying out one of these colors but know you won’t be able to get to the salon as often as you should, ask your stylist if you can buy some of the color so you can do touch-ups at home. By doing this, you can decrease the amount of trips you take to your salon to ensure your hair stays looking fabulous.
Be Prepared to be Patient
When dyeing your hair, especially if it’s a major change, be realistic enough to realize that what you want may not be possible to achieve in a single appointment. With that being said, it may even be healthier for your hair to make the process more drawn out and gradual. Ask your stylist what they recommend based on the look you desire, and schedule accordingly.
Proper Hair Care is Vital
If you’re not taking the necessary steps to protect your hair at home, you’re making your life, along with your stylist’s life, way harder than it has to be. Making sure your hair is hydrated and being treated the way it deserves is a vital step to take towards ensuring your color stays vibrant, doesn’t fade, and applies evenly to your strands. Using a hydrating mask like this one at least once a week is a good step to take, as well as decreasing your use of heated styling tools and using a heat protecting spray when they are being used.