Achieving the perfect hair color starts before you even open the box of hair dye. No matter if you are going for a soft and natural ombre, or find yourself going bold with blond locks or rainbow highlights, it’s definitely safe to say that dyeing your hair has become a major form of self expression. But while achieving your flawless color goals is exciting, things can be a bit tricky when dyeing your hair for the very first time.

Unlike hair that’s already been lightened or color-treated, dyeing virgin hair is a delicate task that requires care. It is good to know that dyeing virgin hair for the first time is possible without completely ruining your strands. Here is a guide on how to achieve the perfect new look as you embark on this exciting journey!

Do Your Research 

No matter if you are coloring your hair at home or in the salon, it’s best to carry out some form of preparation like finding the right tools or the right colorist for the particular style that you want to achieve. It is important to find the right person who specializes in conjuring the style you want, preferably a colorist. Make sure that the colorist you are going to is experienced, and peruse their work before selecting them to color your hair. 

Go for a Consultation 

Establish an understanding between yourself and the colorist by opening up a good flow of dialogue that will allow you to have a better understanding of coloring terminology. Communication is key if you haven’t colored your hair before. Some terms to know include dimension, highlights, lowlights, foils, and the balayage single process. Bring in some pictures to help further illustrate your desired look. This allows your desired image to be properly conveyed to your stylist on the kind of work that needs to be done on your hair.

Knowing the coloring terminology also allows you to be more specific as you describe what you want to your colorist, increasing the likelihood of success. 

Cut or Perm Before Coloring

Cutting your hair before you color will ensure that you can appreciate the full effect of your color. Your color will also enhance your cut and your perm. Perm first to ensure that the perming process will not interfere with your newly applied color. If you’re using permanent hair color, wait for seven to ten days and shampoo at least once before coloring.

Some semi-permanent and demi-permanent hair colors may be used the same day as your perm – as long as your scalp is not irritated and is in a good condition. It is advised that you conduct a strand test before you apply dye over your whole head. Perms and relaxers can leave hair more porous and allow the color to absorb faster.

Get Your Hair Colored at The MARC

The MARC is a premier salon and spa that has helped numerous customers to achieve their desired style. We are located in Walnut Creek, CA and our motto is that our customer leaves the salon with a hundred percent satisfaction. Our talented team will be able to advise and guide you on coloring hair for the first time. Arrange a consultation with us today!