So you’ve just had your hair colored professionally. You got the gorgeous shade you were looking for or you didn’t. The first thing that runs through your mind, maybe even while you’re still in the chair, is ‘how long before I can come back?’. The truth is, there is not one right answer to that question. How long you wait depends on what you’ve just had done, if you got your desired end result, or not, and how much maintenance you’re looking for.
Did you get what you wanted?
You and your stylist were in perfect sync and your locks are gorgeous and need to stay that way. Standard time in between appointments is 4-6 weeks, since your hair grows on average 1/2” a month. Of course you can stretch this out to 6-8 weeks if you don’t mind the roots. Being able to stretch it out usually depends on what your natural hair color looks like compared to your artificially “sweetened” hair color. For example, if you’re naturally a medium ash brown and you’re addicted to platinum blonde, you’ll probably need to go closer to 4-6 weeks since the roots will have a lot more contrast when they start to show up. If you’re a medium ash brown and your hooked on a warm, chestnut brown you can likely go a little longer in between since the roots won’t be as noticeable.
Sound the alarm!! If you and your stylist weren’t on the same page and your locks are left a different shade than expected you have to ask yourself a couple questions.
#1: “is what I wanted achievable in 1 appointment?” Remember, we are stylists, not magicians, and thus are restricted by the laws of color & what color can do. Please be patient. Your stylist should always let you know if your desired end result will require multiple appointments prior to applying ANY color to ensure you’re comfortable with this schedule. Your stylist will let you know before you leave when he/she would like you back for round 2. Sometimes multiple appointments are also best to maintain the health of your hair. Major color changes can be very damaging, so it’s best to go slooooow!
#2: “I didn’t get what I wanted, and I don’t think my stylist understood what I wanted”. This is when it may be necessary to call the salon and ask for your stylist to take another look at it. If it is close, but not quite there, it may be something simple and the salon may have a policy to correct it complimentary within 24 hours. Any good stylist will have your satisfaction in mind, and will communicate with you openly on how to get a smile on your face. If you are totally uncomfortable with the stylist, request an alternate stylist at the salon you went to…they should have a policy on this as well but it’s best to ask before going back. I can say from my own experience I have had clients tell me they didn’t love what we did, and I offer to try again and it is always free. This not only kept my client happy, but she still comes to me to this day!! It happens more than you think, don’t be afraid to speak up!
Low or High Color Maintenance
Not a fan of spending 2 hours in a salon once a month? No problem!! Let your stylist know during the consultation so they can use the correct type of hair color on you. If you don’t have a lot of grey, see if it’s possible to use a Semi or Demi Permanent color instead of a Permanent color. This will keep your hair in amazing condition, and your outgrowth will be less noticeable. If you have a lot of grey, you may require Permanent hair color, so your maintenance will depend on how long you can handle the silver pieces re-appearing.
You like to pamper yourself, or your hair color forces you to, every month. **OR you’re a red head (sorry, this automatically applies to all shades of Red) 4-6 weeks is standard time in between color appointments. Re-dye often, but not too often. Your hair shaft is delicate, and should only be dyed once a month or so. Any sooner than that and it will be prone to breaking, splitting, tangles and straw-like texture. Deep conditioning treatments used in conjunction with any color service are always recommended. The more often you color your hair red, the longer it will last, but red loves to fade so keep that in mind!
Have you been considering a career in beauty, or perhaps taking your hair styling skills to the next level? Empire Beauty School offers several Beauty Programs, including our Cosmetology Program which will train you in all sorts of hair styling expertise, including coloring, cutting, texturing, and more. Schedule a tour today and meet with a Career Planning Specialist to see if Empire is the perfect fit for you. Visit us at http://www.empire.edu or call 1-800-964-3635.