Colored and processed hair
To ward off dyeing drama, schedule a consultation to
discuss the full range of color options and choose the right one for you. This should help you avoid that last-minute decision to spring for all-over color when your budget only allows for highlights. Ask about touch-ups between regular appoints and half-head color if you just want to hide the gray.
See if a salon offers different types of colors—“semipermanents, demipermanents, permanents, double-dye load for resistant gray hair and ammonia-free permanent color,” says Rodriguez. “Asalon that doesn’t do a lot of color will not carry this kind of inventory.” And keep the bottom line in mind: “ As far as hair color goes, a color correction always ends up costing more.”
If you’re a color chameleon, expect to have a different person cut and color your hair. “This separation guarantees you will have a specialist specifically trained in their craft,” Grante says. You don’t always need a full cut to maintain healthy colored hair; Grante notes that a basic trim will often do the job.