ELLE (Canada) - - Beauty -

Ready for a ma­jor switch? Avoid bad­hair-day pur­ga­tory by re­pent­ing these sa­lon sins.

SIN 1 Blur­ring the lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Hair colour is like a Rorschach test: Ev­ery­one sees some­thing dif­fer­ent. “There isn’t a mass for­mula where one plus one equals two,” says Su­san Carter, port­fo­lio colourist for L’Oréal Pro­fes­sion­nel Canada. “Golden blond to you could mean some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent from what golden blond is to your hair­dresser.” Show your stylist or colourist pho­tos of looks you both love and hate. “Say ‘I don’t want this to hap­pen’ or ‘I don’t like these tones.’”

SIN 2 Fool­ing your­self about your true hair reg­i­men.

If, like us, you go days with­out a sham­poo­( sleep = pri­or­ity), then it’s in your best in­ter­est to pick a style that doesn’t re­quire you to spend 20 min­utes ev­ery morn­ing with a curl­ing iron.

SIN 3 Ex­pect­ing mir­a­cles. Yes, Kim Kar­dashian went from jet black to blond and back again in what seemed like a minute, but

she’s a (celebrity hair­colour) uni­corn. A ma­jor shade over­haul takes sev­eral hours and some­times sev­eral ap­point­ments. It’s hard on strands, so go forth with cau­tion.

SIN 4 Fan-gir­ling. Don’t let your love of Gigi Ha­did’s honey high­lights dis­tract

you from this fact: You are not Gigi Ha­did. Look for muses with sim­i­lar eye and skin tones and hair tex­ture.

SIN 5 Rush­ing your ap­point­ment. Ac­cord­ing to Louis Hechter, ed­i­to­rial di­rec­tor for L’Oréal Pro­fes­sion­nel Canada, you should spend at least 15 min­utes in a pre-cut con­sul­ta­tion. Be hon­est about your hair’s his­tory­­— how of­ten you trim it, colours you’ve done in the past, how much time you re­ally want to spend on main­te­nance—so you can get ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion.

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