17 Things You Should Know Before Coloring Your Hair for the First Time


No, you don’t have to wait a week to wash your hair.

If you’re a hair dye virgin, taking the color plunge is legit terrifying. If you fail (which you won’t, don’t worry), you have to wear your shame like a crown. Because it’s on your head. That’s a lot of pressure. So before you make the choice as a back up, invest in some scarves please.

1. Lots of things can make your hair color fade. Hair will fade faster in the sun, from using shampoo and conditioner not created for hair color, and depending on how often you wash it.

2. You will have to get touch-ups. No matter how well you take care of your strands, fading is inevitable, and since hair grows about 1/2 inch every month, you’ll at least have to get your roots redone every 6-8 weeks, depending on what look you’re going for. If you don’t have the time or the money to keep re-doing your look, stick to a color that’s closer to your natural shade, so your roots won’t be as noticeable.

3. Bring pictures of the color you want to the salon with you. You should always bring photos of your desired color. “Sometimes your definition of brown can be different than your colorist’s,” .. “Pictures are a great way of ensuring you’re on the same page. The least amusing image is when you look into the mirror and your is closer to the orange family than the desired color you wanted.

4. Switch to a shampoo and conditioner made for color-treated hair. To help preserve your hair color, go with a shampoo that literally says on the bottle either ‘a shampoo for color’ or ‘color vibrancy. The normal shampoo will fade your hair color.


5. Highlights are the easiest color treatment to maintain. You can’t see your roots as much when your hair grows out because it’s not all-over color, so you don’t have to touch up your hair as often. This is a more affordable choice as well, as less dare devil if some thing goes wrong. Not that it will.

6. Use a clarifying shampoo before you color your hair (NOT after). These cut through product build up to keep your hair squeaky clean. So if you use it on color-treated hair, it’ll cause your color to fade. If you use it before you apply the dye, though, it will give you a nice, clean surface to apply your color to, which will help your shade last longer.

7. Pool water can ruin your color. Chlorine really messes with your hair color. Because copper is often found in water, the metal can mix with the chlorine and oxidize your hair, causing it to actually turn green. You can get it wet first and then apply a mask created for color treated hair that will help fill the cuticle with the conditioner so the water doesn’t get in there and strip the color. Real talk, most of us probably aren’t going to do this, but even just getting your hair wet in the shower before you jump into the pool will help, since dry hair is more absorbent.

8. You don’t have to wait four days to wash your hair after you color it. Yep, that’s a myth. It does not make a difference if you wash it the next day. The color is there. The color molecules are in the hair. “Color will fade over the next couple weeks just by default because of the elements in the water.”

9. Do a swatch test first to avoid an allergic reaction. Allergic reactions to dye are not common, but we’ve all seen the horror stories. To make sure you won’t react badly, swipe some dye on a small patch of skin on the nape of your neck and then follow the directions on the box.

10. Red shades are the hardest to maintain. If you’re looking for a low maintenance shade, you might want to reconsider your color choice, even if red is hella sexy . The red color is the hardest to get, the hardest to achieve, the hardest to get rid of and also has the possibility to fading the fastest. It’s the trickiest color that’s out there. So you could change it up to maroon.


11. Your hair health affects the outcome of your color. Brittle, broken hair won’t accept color the same way healthy hair does. If you’ve been skimping on your cuts (your judgement day is here), get a quick trim before you color to trim away any damaged strands and make sure the new shade goes on evenly.

12. Make a hair coloring kit if you’re Doing It Yourself .  This is the best life decision you can make but in case you do, we recommend setting up a work station before you start with a wipe, comb, and a couple of towels (one for around your neck, one for your workplace). Don’t take your mom’s best towel though, unless the sound of her yelling and maybe a slap is what you are craving that day, if that’s the deal, then go ahead . Make sure you have a towel and wear a shirt designated for color, as hair dye can stain your clothes and towels.

13. You might not be able to get the color you want on your first try. If you’ve got chocolate brown strands and you’re hoping to go megawatt purple, it probably won’t happen on the first try. Big changes can damage your hair severely, so most colorists prefer to do it in stages, allowing hair to recuperate for a few weeks between sessions. For this reason, it’s also a good idea to see a pro if you’re looking to do something major. So if buying your henna and going to that saloon across the road was your idea. I repeat buy your scarves early.

14. A colorist can fix your hair if you hate it. Aside from maybe a few missed patches of hair, your look should come out pretty similar to what you saw on the color box. But if something tragic does happen, a professional colorist should be able to correct it for you, although they might ask you to wait a couple of days, just to be sure your hair doesn’t get over processed. The end results might not be exactly what you wanted, but at least you won’t be too embarrassed to leave the house. So don’t murder your at home hair colorist/bestie if your hair isn’t exactly what you wanted. At the end of the day, cheap things always have a way of turning out wrong.

15. Be totally honest with your colorist. If you’re going to a salon, chances are your hair color is going to come out looking pretty close to what you envisioned. But to ensure that, you should always be candid and open with your colorist throughout the entire process. If the red she picked is a little too purple-y for you, ask her if you can see some options, though Ugandan hair dressers have a way of thinking that they know whats best for you. You are paying, you make the call.

16. Keep your skintones in mind when picking a shade.  Melanin is a beautiful thing but i believe some people don’t think of their quantities, so they choose colors that make you wonder if they own mirrors and minds. If you are dark skinned, darker colors work for you, if you are light skinned, you get to experiment more. And if you need a visual, try doing a peek-a-boo strand, which is one lock of hair dyed a color that hides under the rest of your hair, to see if you like the color.

17. Protect your hair from the sun, like you would your skin. Sun causes damage to your hair and the kampala kasana is not exceptional , burns your scalp, and effs up your color, so make sure you protect your precious strands. Hats or head scarves and a sun protective spray are all heat necessities.

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