Coloring your locks can sometimes be a hair-raising experience, so before you take the first steps, here are some tips to consider:
- Make sure your colorist is experienced in the technique you want applied
- Ask your colorist about the best type of color for your hair type
- Don't try anything too wild or crazy unless you can live with the results
- Consult with your colorist to make sure the color you want is the one you will end up with
There are many variants of color, so to help make your decision easier, we've put together a color glossary:
Semi-permanent color: made from vegetable dye that penetrates slightly into the hair, and then simply washes away, semi permanents leave the hair in great condition, but only last for roughly 12 washes.
High-lights: to achieve high-lights, strands of hair are weaved, placed in foil and dyed one shade lighter than your natural hair color. The dye is permanent and you will notice a re-growth when the high-lights grow out.
Permanent color: made from dye that is permanent and does not wash out. Permanent color can improve the condition of the hair while adding color and you can go lighter, darker or change the tone of your hair completely.
Low-lights: basically the same as high-lights, low-lights use a permanent dye that is a darker shade than your natural hair color.
Bleaching: used to lighten hair, or create results that cannot be done with permanent dye, bleaching lightens the hairs pigment and should always be a job for the colorist.
Color waxes and pomades: a temporary coloring method where a special product is applied after the hair is dried, and styled to give an instantly dramatic change.