So you want to color your hair?

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You’ve waded through the color guides and sorted through magazines – and now you’ve made the decision – you want to color your hair!

Before you rush into a color head first, read about a few changes to your beauty routine will help enhance your dashing new locks. Some important things to know before you take the color dive are:

1. Skin tone. Make sure you take your skin tone into account before settling on a color. Some shades may bring out the wrong undertones in your skin and make you look sallow or orange! It’s best to use your natural hair color as a baseline for coloring and move up or down from there. And don’t forget – if you ever need advice on your coloring, eSalon color experts are only a phone call or email away!

2. Dry hair. Coloring your hair tends to make it drier, so always keep your bathroom stocked with a deep conditioner – and use it regularly! This will give you super protection from breakage and split ends.

3. Fading color. It’s an unfortunate part of hair coloring, but some intense colors (like brighter reds) tend to fade faster. There are several culprits: exposure to sunlight, overusing heated styling products, and over washing. But, you can put up a strong defense by using UV and heat protecting hair products and cutting down shampoo frequency.

4. Color-safe shampoo. Standard shampoos strip open the hair cuticle, allowing color molecules to leave the shaft. So you’ll need to use a gentle shampoo and conditioner designed for color treated hair, which will add moisture and also seal the cuticle to prevent color from fading. Try eSalon’s Color Safe Shampoo and Conditioner – it’s packed with proteins and nutrients to keep hair healthy!

5. Eyebrow shade. One common mistake is to match hair color to eyebrows. In fact, the eyebrows should be a shade darker than your hair color, enough for a slight contrast. This tiny color adjustment can give your face more definition and framing.

6. Shine. When hair reflects more light, it looks shiny and makes the color pop. Your hair reflects more light when it’s ultra moisturized. Use a leave-in conditioner to add moisture, then follow up with a shine serum or gloss if you need more glisten.

7. Cover grays. If you need to cover gray hair (don’t worry, we won’t tell), make sure you’re using the right kind of application. With more gray hair, choose a Permanent color, because it has stronger coverage and leaves a rich color. But with only a few gray strands you could consider a Demi-permanent color, which will fade after about 28 washes.

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