As a cosmetologist I can honestly tell you that one of the most popular questions I am asked is “How often should I color my hair?” This question always makes me respond with another question: “How often do you WANT to color your hair?” There are no set rules of how often you can do something or not do something in the world of beauty. You can do what you like, as often as you like as no one can stop you. However, there are some guidelines that I strongly suggest to follow when dealing with chemicals and your locks.
First, understand why this is a loaded question for cosmetologists. There are so many different types of color to choose from, and there are many different techniques that can be done. Each has its own time frame of when it will need to be retouched. For example, there are temporary colors, which as their name implies are not meant to last in the hair very long, and would require frequent coloring for upkeep. Permanent hair color PERMANENTLY changes the pigment in each one of your individual hair strands, and therefore will never actually leave the hair. New hair will grow from your scalp and that will need to be colored if you want to keep a uniform look.
Let’s also think about different types of color clients, because depending on what type of customer you are will also determine how often you should color your hair. For example, if a guest’s main concern with their hair color is grey or white coverage, depending on how fast their hair grows will normally determine how often he or she may need to come back to get a touch up. Now, you might be saying, yes, yes, I understand all of that, but what about when there is a mistake made?
Ah, yes, we have all been there. We decide to try something new and we end up standing in front of the mirror desperately trying to not scream at the top of our lungs while we hold back tears. So, you have a dreadful color and you need it fixed as soon as possible. So…how long do I need to wait before getting it fixed?
I’m sorry my friends, but there is no one answer for that scenario. There are several things to take into consideration. What chemical process has your hair been through? For example, it’s much easier to change a color on someone who has only had one process done, rather than someone who has had their hair bleached twice and then toned. Sometimes it’s not about what you want. Sometimes it about what your hair can handle.
At the end of the day a great cosmetologist wants to make you happy. Happy with the services they have provided, but also with their talents and techniques.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your stylist. Ask them questions and listen to their answers, especially when dealing in the world of color. Understand that one of our main concerns is the integrity of your hair. This may mean that we will have to say no to you once and a while, and believe me it’s always in your hair’s best interest.
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