If you are a woman, you’ve changed your hair color once or twice before. And if you are a man, you may have had hair coloring experiences as well.
Can you do it at home, or should you always go to a salon? Are you going to damage your hair if you color frequently and use different color brands? How often should you color to avoid unattractive roots? Usually there are many doubts and misgivings about hair coloring. Let’s separate myths from facts and learn from the pros.
Myth 1 : Don’t wash your hair before applying color
If you come in with your hair freshly washed, especially if you have a sensitive scalp, it does leave room for irritation when it comes to color—that is unless you’re getting a color gloss or a semi permanent dye. If you’re going for white hair coverage, come in with hair just a few days dirty so any build-up from skincare products won’t affect the color, and you’ll protect yourself from irritation. For highlights and in most blonde case scenarios, the
salon will be using dye with prelightener in it. Prelightener will eat through any product on your hair so it can be dirty, even unwashed for two weeks.
Myth 2 : Straighten and curl colored hair the same way you did before coloring
Think about this: Every time you apply heat to your hair, whether it’s blow-drying it, straightening it or curling it, you generally go above 270 degrees,which melts the protein structures in the hair. So does that mean you can never style your hair-do? No, you just need to apply a product beforehand to protect the hair follicles. Protecting your hair with products before applying heat is a great idea regardless whether your hair is colored or not.
Myth3: Don’t waste money on color shampoo and conditioner
It’s true that these products are a bit more expensive, but they are definitely worth it if you’re coloring your hair. First, many of these shampoos and conditioners do a great job of cleaning and treating the hair. They don’t strip the hair of color, which means you have to come back to the salon less frequently to pay to have color redone. These products can also bring the hair fibers back to life.
Myth4: Once you color it, your hair will be damaged for life
Semi permanent color and a gloss never damages your hair. Keep in mind though that permanent color does break a lot of the protein structures in the hair where you apply it. It’s important to go to a salon with a colorist who knows not to overlap the color to minimize any damage that can be done. Deep condition your colored hair frequently to keep them healthy.