Unsure About a Hair Color Change? 3 Things to Try First

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There’s a time and place for an impulse decision, but “any time” and “on your head” isn’t one of them.

We know that choosing and making a hair color change can be a tricky and nerve-racking process, so sampling with a temporary, get-out-of-jail-free option may be the route for you.

While our expert eSalon team is available for you every step of the decision-making way—and work personally with you to choose a hair color that’s just right for you—here are 3 easy ways to take a new hair color out for a test-drive.

Try a Demi-Permanent Color

Go commitment-free with a Demi-Permanent color. “This is a gentler color formulation that doesn’t contain any ammonia, so it just deposits color pigment on top of the hair cuticle” says color director Estelle Baumhauer.

Depending on how often you wash your hair, it’ll last around 20 shampoos, “so it’s a great option for you to see how you like the color and whether you want to make any changes before you go the permanent route,” Estelle explains.

Put a Rinse Through It

If even the thought of a multiple wash-out color fills you with anxiety, here’s an even more effortless recourse for you. While our best-selling Tinted Love Color Enhancing Treatment and Devoted To Hue Color Enhancing Mask are designed to, well, enhance your hair color between eSalon applications, they’re also amazing indicators of how a bold hue (say, a vibrant red or a deep brunette) may look on you.

“Try applying a shade onto your natural color. They’ll gently add tone and pigment onto the surface of your hair, so you can get an idea of how the color suits you,” says Estelle. “The lighter your hair, the better you’ll see the tone added but the beauty is that they are temporary products, so the color will gently disappear after 2 or 3 shampoos.”

Or you can just continue to use the mask or treatment every time you wash to keep up the vibrant shade. Commitment-phobes, take note.

iStock_000016057937_ResizedGet Wiggy

Courtney, one of our key eSalon colorists, also has a genius trick she regularly recommends to her clients. “If you are unsure about your best shade, a great way to test drive your new hue is to head to a wig store,” she explains.

“Bring a photo of the color you are interested in and then just sample the merchandise. You’ll be able to go from light blonde to darkest brown in an instant, and without any effort.”

Snap some photos of yourself in your favorites shades for an at-home reference, and share these with your colorist once you’ve nailed down your new look.