5 things you should know before you color your hair for the first time

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If you haven’t ever dyed your hair (in a salon or at home), coloring it for the first time can be pretty intimidating. While celebrities like Kim Kardashian make switching up their hair color look easy, the truth is that it’s a pretty demanding feat. 

Here are the most important things you should know before you dye your hair for the first time.

Be sure to research exactly what you want.

While you probably have an idea of what type of color service you would like, it’s still important to do plenty of research before heading to the salon. 

„Do your due diligence and make sure you have inspiration photos,“ hairstylist and salon owner, Maureen McCarthy told INSIDER. „In regards to coloring from the store, know that the color on the box is not taking into consideration what’s on your head. The same color on three different people can yield three different results even in a salon.“

Search Google and Pinterest for different types of hair color inspiration and save photos to help pinpoint the color you want. 

You should know that the process takes time.

Once you know the look you are aiming for, consult your hair stylist (or the directions of the home treatment) to make sure you fully understand how much of a time commitment it will be. You should also make sure to ask how many applications it may take to reach your specific hair goals.

„Celebrities like the Kardashians have brown hair one day, blonde the next and sometimes these can be eight-hour projects or even a hairpiece,“ McCarthy said. „It can be a process to get to your desired color. Your blonde isn’t my blonde, your Auburn isn’t my Auburn. Sometimes it takes more than one visit to reach your ultimate goal.“

It can be a financial investment.

Your new color will likely require some upkeep after the initial dye. You might have to frequent the salon often to keep your color from fading. You might also have to splurge on special shampoo and conditioner made for color-treated hair.

„Consistently dyeing your hair is a lot of maintenance and can be costly,“ said Reilly Holzwarth, a client of McCarthy’s, who gradually went from a natural, sandy color to a platinum blonde.

McCarthy suggests that those interested in coloring their hair should make sure that the financial aspect, in addition to the time commitment surrounding color-treated hair, fits into their lifestyle.

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Source: Business insider

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