Ready to make a little (or big) change to your shade? Coloring can cover up those grays or give you a whole new look. Plus, with so many formula options, it’s easy to find something that works for you.
But whether you’re a newbie to color or a seasoned pro, you’ve got to make sure your locks are ready for it. Read on to discover the perfect pre-color prep.
Pamper Your Locks
The better condition your hair is in, the more predictable the color results, the more dimensional it looks and the longer the color will last. Make sure to deep-condition a few days before you color in order to protect your locks from chemical damage and infuse them with healthy shine. After you color, use shampoos and conditioners specifically formulated for color-treated locks.
Try: EverPure Sulfate-Free Color Care
Oily is good… in this case
The natural oils in your hair act as a buffer when you apply color, helping prevent damage. So wash your hair with a moisturizing shampoo a day or two before you color—not the day of.
Try: EverCreme Sulfate-Free Intense Nourishing
Give your hair a break
We’ve all been there—made a big color change only to discover that it’s not the right fit. Make sure you wait two weeks before you color again, though. Your hair needs a break from the chemicals to prevent damage. Be sure to condition and deep-treat your hair before another application.
The trouble with henna
Color your hair with henna? You should wait until it grows out before you color again. Henna isn’t compatible with chemically-based hair color, so you can actually damage your hair. And no one wants that.
Relaxed your hair lately?
If you’ve had a relaxer, texturizer or perm done recently, make sure you wait two weeks before you color. You’ll also want to read your hair color’s instructions carefully to check for any cautions or tips.
Act before you react
There are two important tasks to complete before you color your hair. First, perform a skin-allergy test 48 hours before you color, even if you’ve used hair color before. Different ingredients could mean different reactions, and new allergies can pop-up any time. Second, do a strand test by applying color to a small section of hair. This will give you an idea of how long to keep the color in. Plus, it will give you a preview of your new color before you commit to it!