There is nothing like a good hair colour to upgrade your otherwise boring look. And hair colouring is not just about making a difficult choice between highlights, dyes, single processing or double processing. There is more to it.
You need to prep your mane well before and after the process to make sure the colour lasts, in all its sharp glorious beauty, for days to come.
For instance, did you know that washing your hair immediately before colouring can strip your scalp off its natural oils? This in turn causes the dye to fade sooner.
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Also, it is a good idea to dab your face and hairline with a thin layer of petroleum jelly to prevent the dripping dye from staining your face.
If you have done this before, you probably know the drill. However, if you are venturing into the world of hair colouring for the first time, there are a few things you need to do.
Here is a complete manual on the things you need to do before and after getting your hair coloured.
Things To Do Before Colouring Your Hair
Check your hair for split ends. And if you do, make sure to trim it before getting highlights. Hair colour can make the rough ends to look starker and sharper.
Wash your hair the night before the appointment. Hair that is too clean or dirty can hamper with the actual shade of the dye. Avoid conditioning as most of the hair colours have moisturising ingredients in them, which can leave your hair looking greasy.
Prepping the tresses with hot oil treatment three days before dying is a good idea, as it will help seal the colour better.
Never forget to strip test the dye on small strands of your hair. This will enable you to know the exact shade the colour will turn out to be, potentially avoiding any hair disaster!
If you are planning to colour your hair at home, make sure to avoid ingredients like ammonia, coal tar and lead acetate in hair dye products as it can damage your strands. Stick to natural ingredients instead.
Things To Do After Colouring Your Hair
Give your hair 48 hours to penetrate the hair shafts deeply before you wash it.
Use a shampoo and a conditioner specifically designed for coloured hair. Preferably one with sunscreen and UV filters as exposure to sun can cause the colour to fade faster, leaving the hair rough and dull.
Reduce the number of times you wash your hair to keep the vibrancy of the colour intact. Also, use lukewarm or cold water to wash your hair, as excessive hot water can strip your hair of its colour.
Opt for professional hair spa treatment every two weeks for a few months after the hair colouring. The treatment will help lock in the moisture and nourish your locks, while keeping the hair colour sharp.
Before going in for hair colouring make sure to get answers to all your queries from a professional colourist and opt for a dye that is medically tested and safe.