Most people don’t just walk into a salon and ask to change their hair color on the spot. Instead, they prepare their tresses and scalp to ensure they’re ready for this big—or little—change. Below are four steps to follow before your dye day to improve not only the results but also your overall hair health.
How to Prepare for a New Hair Color
1. Avoid a Haircut
Dye can damage the ends of your hair, so wait until after you switch colors to schedule your next trim. That way the stylist remove new and old split ends in one go, and you’ll have softer, more vibrant locks.
2. Delay Keratin Treatments
Keratin treatments smooth frizzy, unmanageable hair, leaving behind a soft, beautiful texture you’ll love. However, the ingredients involved in hair color dye will mitigate some of the positive effects of keratin treatments, so it’s best to leave this salon offering until after your dye appointment.
3. Skip the Shampoo
Your scalp is generally more sensitive after you’ve washed your hair. Protect it from the chemicals needed to create your new hair color by shampooing one or two days before your first dye session. Plus, it’s better for hair to be a bit greasy when dyed because shampoo removes natural oils that help hold in the new color.
4. Look for Inspiration
Before your appointment, browse fashion magazines, Instagram, and Pinterest for hair color inspiration. You’ll find everything from muted, natural hues to bold, fierce styles that may help you decide which shade to choose. It’s also helpful to discuss your current look with a stylist who will come up with the best plan for changing your color while maintaining your hair’s health.
If you want to talk about hair color options, contact the skilled team at Bloom Beauty Lounge in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. From dramatic cuts to natural curls, they are ready to help find and achieve the cut and color you want. Call (212) 255-9355 to schedule an appointment or visit the website for more on their skin, hair, and reiki services.