So you have a new hair color in your hands, and you’re excited to start coloring! Before you begin, make sure you’ve completed this checklist for the best results:
- Allergy test: It’s a good idea to perform an allergy test 48 hours before coloring, especially if you have sensitive skin. It’s also possible for allergies to develop in between applications.
- Strand test: When you use a new color, test it on a small section of your hair 24 hours before your application, to make sure it will be the perfect match.
- Use within 48 hours: Hair color begins to oxidize once it’s opened, and will be effective for 48 hours. After 48 hours, the pigment won’t give you the results it was designed to provide – so make sure to use it within that time.
- Don’t wash hair: Thinking you should get a clean start before coloring? Nope. In fact, your hair’s natural oils help the color “hold” onto the strands, while also providing protection from hair becoming dry.
- Deep condition: Do you have dry or damaged hair? Give it a deep conditioning treatment the day before coloring. This boosts up the moisture in your hair, which will help you get better color results.
- Good sections: Divide your hair into four even sections for the best application. This will make it much easier to apply the color to the right areas with control and accuracy.
- Resistant grays: Do you have gray sections that are particularly resistant to color? Start with those areas first, then continue with your color application. This gives the gray areas more time to absorb the color.