Tips : Hair Colour

1. IDENTIFY YOUR OWN NATURAL HAIR COLOR

People with warmer base tones like natural blondes can take on different colors than someone with a cooler starting hue. Ask your hairstylist, who will be more attuned to identifying nuanced tones.

2.BE REALISTIC

Rome wasn’t built in a day-and drastic hair color can’t be achieved overnight, either. “The more pronounced the change you attempt, the more likely the results will be brassy, ashy or just plain disappointing,” says celebrity colorist Kelly Van Gogh. A subtle shift, on the other hand, like from rich brunet to spicy cinnamon, is completely attainable.

2.BUY MORE THAN YOU NEED

¬†Someone with below-the-chest strands, like Miley Cyrus, may require three boxes to get full coverage. It’s better to have too much hair dye, than to realize you need more halfway through.

3. STEER CLEAR OF THE POOL

Chlorine strips away the hair cuticle, allowing minerals in the water to get into the hair shaft and alter your color. Rather than diving in, sit pretty poolside, for at least two weeks before and after dyeing your hair.

4. BUY A SHADE LIGHTER THAN YOU WANT

Take it from Rihanna’s colorist Ursula Stephens, who knows a thing or two about fine-tuning tresses: Hair dye always comes out darker than the image on the box. “Buy one or two shades lighter than your desired color,” she advises. “It is easier to amp up a color’s intensity than it is to tone it down.”

5. SKIP THE SHOWER

“The scalp’s natural oils work as a buffer to prevent irritation,” says colorist James Corbett of the James Corbett Studio in New York City. Translation? Dirty hair is ideal for dyeing. “It’s also much easier to section second day hair, which ensures even color distribution.” He suggests skipping the shampoo a day before you plan to color-and we suggest sporting a cute baseball hat like Minka Kelly’s to sweep back unwashed strands.

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