1. How much time will be needed to achieve this look?
Truthfully, color changes are not all created equally. Sometimes a series of appointments are needed to truly capture your dream hair color. This is especially true when you are going more than 2 levels away from your natural color. Colorists are chemists and they know how far they can push the hair, and what steps will be needed to keep hair healthy and shiny throughout the process.
2. How much will it cost?
In salons, like many service-centric businesses, time is money. The more time that is needed, the more money it will cost. Often I will ask my guest if they want the 2-hour edition or the 7-hour edition and then I will start slow. Big color changes take time and thought to make the results Insta-worthy, so the cost will reflect how much time will be needed. If it is a big and dramatic change, be ready to include treatments for the service. The biggest piece of advice is to be honest with your budget, most colorists can customize their work to meet the budget but they need to know what yours is before commencing.
3. How often do I need to come back for maintenance?
A good rule here is to go by the 2 levels from your natural. If you are a dark brown and you are looking for a platinum blonde your regrowth will be much more noticeable then if you were a dark brown wanting to go light brown. Hair tends to grow between 1/4-1/2” per month. That being said, anything outside of the 2 levels will take more precision and attention to maintain so plan on coming in for a touch up at least every 6 weeks. Fun fact, the hairs keratin is still soft from the scalp to about ½ inch out. That means that if your regrowth is longer than the half inch, the keratin has hardened and this is where uneven banding can occur, so be sure to have a maintenance schedule with your colorist prior to jumping in!
4. What about home care?
Yes, it’s true, your new color may require some new and specialized home care. If you are more than two levels from your natural you are going to want to pick up a color protecting shampoo and conditioner that is sulfate and paraben free to maintain your color. If you are lighter than 3 levels from your natural your hair has been through some stress, so a protein-rich shampoo with a weekly mask is highly recommended.
5. You’re rocking your new color and it’s totally what you wanted, but you’re not quite feeling it? Now what?
Sometimes a dramatic change can be just what you need to re-energize your life, so before you dive in ask yourself why you are looking for the change in the first place. Hairdressers are basically therapists, so a conversation about what you are hoping the change will make you feel is important. Just moved to a new city? Or just had a breakup? It might be best to start slower with the change to ensure you are actually ready for another big change. From there it comes down to committing to the change. If the color just feels foreign on your head, look at your wardrobe colors and makeup. Going from light to dark? Maybe a bolder brow will make the difference. Or a different tone of blush. Embrace the new you ALL THE WAY!
Changing hair color is one of the fastest and most rewarding things you can do for a change, it is so much fun to become an evolved version of yourself. Most salons offer free consultations so book one and then you can start to plan your strategy and get some questions answered! By asking these questions you will be much more informed and ready to take the plunge! Happy Hair Coloring!