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If you have never colored your hair then getting it done for the first time can be a bit scary. After all, you are used to seeing your locks the same way! But one cannot deny that changing your hair color or just adding a streak of color for that matter, can change one’s look entirely! People get their hair colored in various ways. Some go for highlights, some for ombre and some get their entire hair color changed! So whether you want to go to a salon to get your hair done or are just trying it out at your place, here are a few things you should know before you go all rainbows!

1. YOUR HAIR COLOR!

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If your stylist uses semi-permanent color, then your hair color will get removed after a few washes. This dye does not contain ammonia just as the demi-permanent dyes. But demi permanent dyes will last longer and usually use level 10 developer. However, if you want to go for permanent hair color then you have to be really sure. High level of bleach is used to lift the natural hair color after opening the hair cuticle in order to deposit the color effectively. After this conditioners are used to close the cuticle and then the hair dyeing is done.

2. THE MORE DRASTIC CHANGE YOU WANT, THE MORE WILL BE THE DAMAGE

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This is especially true for brunettes! In order to get unnatural hair dyes to show on your hair, the natural hair color needs to be completely lifted. This requires bleach which is damaging to your hair. And if on top of that you do not like the color you have then you will be left with no option but to live without or spend more money to cover it up using more dye! If you still wish to get a major makeover, then avoid doing it at home because the box dyes are not strong enough.

3. DO NOT GO FOR THE PHOTOS ON THE BOX!

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Many people make this mistake. The hair color of the model on the box of the hair color may look perfect but who knows what the model’s previous hair color was? Instead of falling for that, consult the numbers on the box or ask your hair stylist to show you the samples. They will have a pamphlet with brush hair which show the exact hair color!

STAY WITHIN TWO SHADES OF YOUR NATURAL HAIR COLOR

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This is important if you don’t want to dye of a heart attack the moment you look at yourself in the mirror. This does not mean that your hair color would look absolutely horrible, or it may….but the point is that when handling natural and virgin hair, it is important to know that they are healthy and will need more treatment as you fall of of your natural hair color range. For people with dark hair, the color will have to be lifted and the same goes for blondes. If you stay within two shades of your natural hair color then the change will look less dramatic and help you get comfortable with the process of hair coloring. Once you are well acquainted, feel free to experiment.

PAMPER YOUR HAIR BEFORE YOU DYE THEM

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Hair coloring makes use of chemicals. In order to prepare your tresses for your appointment, make sure your hair well cleansed. This will ensure that there is no build up on your scalp and your hair will take the color more evenly. Avoid shampooing immediately after being done in order to let the color get fixed. This will also allow the natural oils of your scalp to nourish your chemical treated hair.

 

 

Written by Varnika Chauhan

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