Common Colouring Misconceptions
It is not possible to go from dark to blonde in one pain free step.
Your hairdresser cannot wave a magic wand and change your hair colour. Just because you have gone to a professional does not mean it is an easy job and that you will instantly achieve the results you want. Changing hair colour generally involves a transition period. If you like to drastically change the colour of your hair on a regular basis, you ought to consider having a shorter hairstyle, as there is no way to avoid damaging the hair if your constantly exposing it to harsh chemicals. By being in less of a rush to reach for the peroxide and spend some time using deep conditioning hair masks in between treatments, your hair will be in much better condition, which will enable you to get the results you want.
If a hairdresser dyes your hair it will last longer.
-If your hair is in bad condition to start with, the colour will be unable to stay in the hair as long.
-Also how much is your hair exposed to the sun?
-How frequently do you wash your hair?
-What do you use to wash your hair?
-How regularly do you use heat to style your hair?
There are things YOU can do to make colours last longer, but it is all about the aftercare. These factors will all have a massive impact on the longevity of those neon locks you have always dreamt of.
Skin tests are unnecessary.
Most people want their hair done yesterday, once they have set their heart on a new look, (myself included!). Skin tests can feel like petty protocol. But they are actually a good indicator of how professional your hairdresser is and how much pride they take in their work. If they are happy to apply a colour without a skin test, it shows they are more interested in taking your money than ensuring your well-being. After all, a skin test only takes 48 hours,so you should be questioning why the rush.
A skin test can prevent severe reactions that can hospitalise. They also prevent the hairdresser receiving backlash, after being pressured into dying a clients hair on the same day, who later complains of itchiness. It is not relevant if to the hairdresser if you have never had a reaction before, all manufacturers products differ, you can also become allergic to a brand you have always had, due to a change in your medication. Skin tests are a simple way to protect you and your hairdresser. Even if you dye your hair at home it is wise to do a skin test.
Some D.I.Y dying tips.
-Don't dye your whole hair every time, it is completely unnecessary. if you have a bright colour, just comb it through the ends for the last ten minutes to refresh it. You will find only applying the colour to the roots is perfectly adequate, If you struggle to do this, why not ask a a friend/ partner to assist you? You could also buy a colour bowl ans brush to make application a bit easier,
-Section your hair for even coverage.
-Apply a barrier cream around your forehead, neck and ears to prevent staining. Make sure none goes on your hair or the dye will not be able to work.
-Always follow the manufacturers instructions for application time, if you leave the dye on too long the colour can over-process and go too dark, or light and damage your hair. But if you are nervous and remove it too soon, it wont have had time to develop and will have been a waste of time.
- The lower the number on the packet of dye, the darker the colour, 1 is black, 10 is super blonde!