Make The Appointment
Now this isn’t exactly hair-prep but you would be shocked at how many people make this fatal mistake. We are all about spontaneity…just not when it comes to hair. Take your time and research the stylist you want to work with, stalk them on Instagram and get to know how they color. This is truly an artform and everyone does it a little different, find a stylist who’s style you are obsessed with and call to book them. If you are hoping to go from one extreme to the next (black to platinum for example) a consultation prior to the appointment is a wise call. That way your stylist can see your hair in person and talk options with you.
Clarify Your Scalp
Naturally your hair and scalp will start to buildup product over time. It is a good idea to work a clarifying treatment into your haircare routine on a normal basis, but for sure we recommend doing it about a week before the color appointment. This is going to do exactly what it says, clarify your hair and get all the gunk out of there, priming the strands for the color. Most clarifying shampoos are fairly gentle, but it is important to only do this at least a week out so there is no risk of altering the color. There are a ton of great DIY clarifying treatments if you don’t feel like splurging on a shampoo.
Condition For Prime Hair Health
It is no secret that healthy hair takes color better. Unfortunately not all of us have invincible Rapunzel locks (especially if we color and heat style often!) so pumping conditioner into your hair is the next best thing. Invest in a good deep conditioner and let it sit for at least 10 minutes each time you wash your hair. Try to start this regimen at least two weeks prior, but the longer you can keep this up, the better. Inevitably dying your hair is going to dry it out a bit, if you are really concerned talk to your stylist about options and post haircare routines.
Don’t Wash Your Hair Day Of
This is a common mistake made but trust us, you do not want to wash your hair 24hr before the color appointment. Hair that has just been washed isn’t ideal for taking color because it still has traces of product and can cause variations in the formula. That being said excessively oily or dirty hair isn’t good either. Use your best judgment and shoot for a happy medium here. We also suggest not styling your hair prior. You want the stylist to see the natural texture and make choices based on that (this is the ideal day to rock a hat).
There you have it! Our top tips to make sure your salon coloring experience is everything you want it to be. Remember to come see us at Rinse Salon and we will make all your hair fantasies come true.
Bring photos for reference
- Be honest about your hair past (yes that includes your at home perm)
- Consider a cut to get rid of dry or damaged ends
- Show Up!