Col­ored and pro­cessed hair

The Washington Post Sunday - - DEAL HUNTER -

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.

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