Those of you who are social media users have probably noticed the growing popularity of brightly colored hair across the internet. Everywhere you look there are shades of pink, red, purple, blue, green, and even mixtures of those!
Switching to a fashion color is a trend many people have been jumping on, but it’s important to know what steps to take to get the best out of those colors.
In many cases, changing to a fashion color requires a lengthy process. The darker your hair the more likely it is that it will need to be pre-lightened. Lightening hair can take anywhere from an hour to three hours and is a vital step on your journey to achieving the perfect fashion color.
Let’s talk about pre-colored hair. Many of us have already dyed our hair multiple times, whether at a salon or with an over the counter color. This is where a test strand comes in. Taking a small piece of your hair and testing it will tell us how light we can get your hair and whether your desired color can be achieved.
If your hair can be lifted enough, then the fashion shade can be applied. Depending on the depth of color you desire, the color may even need to be applied more than once while you are at the salon.
Once you have reached your desired color, it’s now important to maintain it! You need to ensure you are using a gentle shampoo and conditioner on your hair. The harsher the shampoo and the more often you shampoo will speed up how quickly your color fades. Most fashion shades will lighten almost immediately. Finding the right gentle shampoo for you and then returning to the salon for a toner at least every 3 to 4 weeks, are both important steps to keep your hair looking vibrant.
Initial investments for fashion shades are always more due to having to lighten the existing hair prior to your toner. After that first visit, though, follow-ups will be less of an investment until you have to retouch your base color. The time you dedicate to getting your color just right will feel so worth it when you’re walking around with the color you love!