Professional hair color can be expensive and time-consuming. It's tempting to just color your own hair at home instead of visiting a salon. Why not just buy a hair coloring kit with a glossy photo that promises you the same beautiful shade? It can't be that hard, right?
Yes and no. It really depends on you and your hair. Here's a helpful article that explains why a salon visit is recommended for certain hair color treatments. However, if you're feeling confident and meet one or more of the following conditions, a home hair coloring experience should be straight forward and successful.
If one of the following describes your situation, plan a salon visit to get professional hair color help. Find the highest end salon you can comfortably afford. Ask what products they use and what services they recommend. Ask how their staff is trained and request someone who specializes in hair coloring. You're paying considerable money so you should expect and get the best. Click on the following links to find out more about these popular professional hair dyes sold in salons:
Professional hair color service is recommended when you want to dramatically change hair color. For example, you're a natural blonde but want to become a fiery redhead. Or you need advice coloring gray hair. Maybe you want a big change but need some hair color suggestions and professional hair advice. If you're feeling adventurous, explore cutting edge looks with hair color design techniques such as mulit-layered colors, contrasting colors and layered highlights.
Salons are also recommended when changing hair color from either extremely dark to light or light to dark. Hair colorists use the term 'levels' to describe hair color gradations. Level 1 is black and level 10 is lightest blonde. Whenever hair color changes by three or more levels it's time for professional help.
Corrective coloring reverses the effects of a previous color service. One of the most effective tools of corrective coloring is color removal. Color removal is often required when do-it-yourself hair coloring goes wrong, resulting in a true hair color emergency. It's also used in severe cases of 'color build-up' which occurs when permanent hair color is applied excessively over time. Corrective coloring is best done by a professional hair color expert specifically trained in this area.
Another tool of corrective coloring is a technique called opposite shading. Colors opposite each other on the color wheel cancel each other out. Professional hair colorists are trained in opposite shading and can correct mistakes by adding the opposite color. That's why applying purple dye to green tinted hair magically restores color back to normal.
Hair colorists take into account hair condition and recent hair treatments. Hair color problems can result from many different factors. Clients sometimes use products incorrectly, resulting in dry hair or even chemical burn. Others may have a complicated history of permanents, bleaching, and straightening. Salon technicians will assess all these factors to determine the best professional hair color treatment for you. They can recommend the best products for your hair type as well as professional hair care tips for on-going maintenance.
Years ago, I switched suddenly from a compound henna to a permanent hair dye. Talk about a bad coloring job! Compound hennas and conventional hair dyes are chemically incompatible and almost ruined my hair. Luckily a knowledgeable hair colorist worked his magic and restored my hair back to normal.
If any of the following applies to you, don't risk further harm to your hair. Let a colorist customize a treatment plan that addresses these conditions first. Hair that's healthy, strong and moisturized always colors best.