Coloring your hair can be one of the easiest ways to switch up your look, but it can also be a drastic change should you choose to stray far from your natural hair color.
Choosing the color and brand of your hair dye can be one of the most exciting parts of the process (aside from seeing the finished look!), especially nowadays with almost unlimited options available in the market. But, don't forget that coloring your hair is just the beginning. Maintenance is a whole other ballgame you'll have to research on.
That said, how often should you color your hair without damaging it?
According to stylist Anagen Gange Arguedo of The Color Bar in Forbestown Bonifacio Global City, it's best to come in every three to four months for regular maintenance, given that you have healthy hair of course.
Many Filipinas who are conscious about the color of their roots come in as often as every two to three weeks. A word of caution, though: If you do, make sure that you practice proper maintenance in the weeks in between to avoid damage.
Try getting a gradient 'do like ombre or highlights so you won't have to come in for a retouch too often. For a full color, try a subtle shift and stick to two shades lighter or darker so you can play it safe. It also helps to apply a protectant like an oil serum before heat styling, and a UV spray if you're going to be under the sun for a while, as doing so can fade your hair color faster.
Of course, in the long run, it's also advisable to let your hair rest once in a while. So if you've been dyeing your hair for the past years, consider taking a break to let your locks breathe and recover. Try to get hydrating treatments to speed up the process, too.
*This article originally appeared on FemaleNetwork.com. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.