Hair color is not as simple as everyone thinks. It is not as simple as buying a box of color from your local drug store and getting salon worthy results. Placing your hair in the hands of a professional colorist who understands your needs and wants is very important. But that’s only one part of getting beautiful color. In order to get good results it is crucial that you follow hair colorist’s instructions. Here’s what you need to do for perfect color day after day.
1. The Texture of Hair- Coarse/Fine
The coarser your hair is, the larger in diameter the individual strands are, which means the longer processing time for the color to absorb.
The finer your hair is, the less time it takes for hair to absorb and process the color. Your hair colorist should examine your hair first so that he or she knows how to best process the color.
2. The Condition of Hair- Dry/Oily
The drier the hair is, the faster it will drink up color. But, that’s not a good thing because the color won’t reflect light properly. That’s why you need to keep your hair hydrated.
Hair that’s greasy and oily can affect the strength of the color. If you overuse oils (like Moroccan oil) they can impede the color from sticking properly to the hair. Everything must be used in moderation.
3. The Porosity of Hair
Porosity is one of the main factors in how hair will take to color. The level of porosity in your hair determines how well it can absorb moisture and products, including color. The more conditioned and healthy the hair is, the better the color will take and the longer it will last. Acidic shampoos and conditioners help make hair more even in porosity.
4. The Water You Wash With
Regular water has a lot of chlorine, minerals and tannins in it that can make brunettes look muddy. If you don’t use a filter, the color won’t adhere to the hair itself but rather the minerals. When the minerals are rinsed away, the color gets rinsed away, too.
5. Past Treatments
Let your colorist know about any chemical treatments that’s been used on your hair within the last year. This includes such services as (Japanese straightening, Keratin treatment, Henna, Perm and so on), since they can affect the outcome of your color. It’s especially important to divulge if a chemical straightener has been used since it can cause the hair to grab color differently and can make it seem darker.
Have you ever had anything strange happen with your hair? Or if you have questions in regards to your hair color, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.