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10 Things You Need to Know Before Coloring Your Hair for the First Time

Be realistic about your expectations.
10 Things You Need to Know Before Coloring Your Hair for the First Time
Be realistic about your expectations.

Congratulations! You’ve signed up for a fab hair makeover! But before you officially dive into the exciting world of colored tresses, here are things you should keep in mind first.

1. Your lifestyle dictates your future hair color.

If you’re more on the low-maintenance side, choose espresso to burnt caramel shades because these colors don’t look awkward when your regrowth starts to appear. Plus, some strict offices only allow dark hues.

Blonde and other lighter dyes call for a total revamp of your hair care routine—including salon visits for root-retouching. It may be costly (both in time and money) for you to maintain.

2. Stalk the internet for pegs.

This is the fun part! Once you have decided you're getting ombré, balayage, single-process, bleached, or rainbow locks, browse Pinterest and Instagram to search for pegs.

3. Schedule a salon consultation.

Talk to your stylist about your expectations. Show him your color pegs, tell him about your current lifestyle, and ask about the cost estimate of your future dye job. It’s important that you get oriented first with the process so that you’ll know if you’re really for it.


4. It’s okay to DIY, but if it’s your first time, we suggest you leave it to the professionals.

Never do DIY highlights, ombré, and bleach, please! It will be a difficult, long, and costly process to correct the mistakes. You’re dealing with chemicals and permanent changes when you dye your locks, which is why guidance from an expert is vital. Hairstylists spent years of training mastering techniques, so they really know what they're doing.

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5. Be smart when you DIY.

But if you prefer to go this route, choose bubble hair dyes instead of regular, nozzle-type ones. It’s easier to distribute the color when it comes in foam (It's just like shampooing your hair!). Also, you must take note of your hair’s length and thickness because these determine the number of boxes you may need consume. Follow this general guide:

Short hair – One box

Medium (shoulder-length) – Two boxes

Long (reaches the bra line) – Three boxes

Super long (near the waist) – Four boxes or more


6. What you see on the box or the salon color chart won’t appear exactly on virgin hair.

If you have dark locks to start with, don’t expect light caramel brown to show up exactly as what you see on the hair swatch chart or box. The end result depends on the base color.

7. If they advise you to get a treatment right after, you should.

No, your hairstylist isn’t just tricking you to spending more. When tresses are dyed, chemicals alter the follicle structure to lighten the hue. This process makes your locks susceptible to damage and brittleness. The treatment will inject the lost nourishment into your locks.

8. You need to change your hair care routine.

Depending on the color that you’ll get, you’ll need to revamp your hair care lineup. Sulfate-free shampoosconditioners, and masks should be top priorities, as these products preserve your locks’ health and dye.


9. Maintenance may be expensive.

Root retouches (P2,000 and up), monthly salon treatments (P700 and up), and color-preserving hair care products (P350 and up) are the things you need to spend on regularly to maintain the brilliance, health, and vibrancy of dyed tresses. 

10. Water and sunlight are your enemies.

These two environmental elements can fade color. It's highly advised to limit hair-washing to every other day and to always spritz UV protection mist before going out.


*This story originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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