It is okay to break a few beauty rules here and there. But certain hair and beauty guidelines are created for a reason – they are designed to preserve your best assets. And if your best asset is your hair, you have to keep it healthy and not damaged.
If you love to play up with various hues on your hair, for instance, it can be fun and invites creativity. But have you taken a moment to think about the long-term damage on your hair?
1. Facilitate a gentle colour transition. You’ve heard it before but it bears repeating – stick within 2-3 shades of your natural hair colour so you do not “shock” your hair strands. For example, going from a naturally dark blonde hair to light blonde should be a safe transition. It also looks more natural.
2. In connection with rule #1, you want to do the lightening process in a gradual way. This means that you have to visit your hairstylist for multiple sessions rather than lightening your hair in one go. It is also a great opportunity to try out and see how different colours would look on you as you transition from your existing colour to your desired lighter hue. It might take you up to six months but since it is less damaging, it will be worth the wait.
3. If you are opting for the reverse route (going from light to dark), use a deposit-only colour to ensure your hair is protected. This product lacks ammonia, which can cause long term damage to hair, and is a great way to add colour without losing shine.
4. You need to be extra cautious when dealing with your hair after you have transitioned into a new colour. This is especially true when you are using a blow dryer. Use a low to medium heat setting when blow drying your hair to avoid breaking the strands.
5. Do your work ahead of time. If you are planning to get a new colour, apply weekly deep conditioning masque onto your hair. This will ensure that your hair is at it most prime state before getting a new colour and is less likely to get damaged from the treatment.
6. If you currently have a brunette hair and would like to change your colour to red, do not dye it right away. Instead, you will have to lift your current colour by either using a colour remover or bleaching. These processes help to break down the colour molecules of your brunette hair and allowing the red hair colour pigments to be absorbed fully and look vibrant.
7. When deciding on a hair colour, take into consideration the amount of time, money and effort required to maintaining it. Some colours are more demanding than others. Hence, take that into account and determine if it would fit into your budget and lifestyle.
8. The most important rule to live by when getting a new colour: don’t try doing it yourself. Sure, there are several at-home colour kits than can be bought from drug stores. But the colour kit isn’t the only issue here. You want someone with expert hands and experience to get the job done. You’ve heard several stories of at-home hair colour disasters in the past, so you cannot afford to risk it. Visit a pro hairstylist right away and then do the maintenance at home. You’ll realise later on how much more practical that is!
Do you change your hair colour often? Take note of these rules for a safe colour transition minus the damage.