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7 Things You Need to Know Before Coloring Your Hair


By Christina Heiser

Avoid a dye disaster with our expert guide to prepping your hair for at-home color.

Having your hair professionally colored at the salon is a major commitment — of time and money. Instead of spending both in a pro’s chair for a new hue, try an at-home hair color kit in your own bathroom. To ensure that you avoid a dye disaster, professional colorists offer their expert advice for coloring your hair at home.

Before you grab a box of dye, follow these at-home color commandments for a glossy, flawless shade that will look fresh from the salon.

 Rule 6: Do Damage Control Before You Dye

“A good thing to do the day before coloring is to use a clarifying shampoo to remove any product buildup, and to help even the hair’s porosity so color takes evenly,” says White. “You should follow that with a deep conditioner to replace any moisture that may be lost during coloring.” But skip shampooing the day you dye your hair. “Shampoo doesn’t make the color take better,” says Rhys. Additionally, by not shampooing before you color, you’re allowing the natural oils in your hair to protect your scalp from the irritation that can be caused by the ammonia in many dyes.


Celebrity Hairstyles: Spring 2013



Try one of these cutting-edge cuts before everyone else.

Make your mane totally turn heads with a striking, of-the-moment shape. Here’s all you need to know about the dramatic styles, courtesy of tress expert Jet Rhys of her namesake California salons.

Graphic Bob

With step-cut sides, a wedge-shaped back and under panels that hug the head, this look is definitely a cut above the rest!
WORKS BEST FOR: Ruler-straight hair–it’s a must.
COP IT: Apply a nickel-sized dollop of styling crème and blow-dry hair with the nozzle pointed down, swinging your comb back and forth like a pendulum–this allows some fullness at the root area while keeping ends sleek. With graphic cuts like this, shine spray is key for that sleek-as-ice finish.

Disconnected Pixie

“I love this look––it’s refreshing and sexy!”
WORKS BEST FOR: Thick, wavy locks.
COP IT: Begin with freshly washed hair and apply a quarter-size amount of mousse (try: Bumble and Bumble curl conscious), then comb in a low part. Push the bang to form a slight S-wave, scrunching it in an upward direction. Air- or diffuse-dry, then give hair one last tousle with the fingers. Avoid using a brush, as it will interrupt the wave, cautions Rhys.

A-line Bob with Slanted Bangs

“This longer bob (aka ‘lob’) brings to mind Victoria Beckham’s ‘pob’.”
WORKS BEST FOR: Fine to medium textured, bone-straight hair.
COP IT: Split hair into two sections down the back, using a Denman brush to guide one side in toward the face. This creates a nice bevel on the ends, says Rhys; repeat on the other side. Next, blow-dry bangs back and forth (think: windshield wiper movement) to prevent puffiness. Finish with shine serum.