Too wash or not to wash?
About thirty years ago a rumor was started that it was best to color your hair when it’s dirty. Due to the ammonia content in most hair color those days, the oils in the hair would help to protect the hair during the coloring process. So even today most of us think to ourselves before our salon appointment, I’m going to the salon today or in a few days so why bother washing my hair since the color will holdor take better. Or we think, I’m not going to waste time styling my hair since I am going to have it cut today. We are all thinking that right? Today I want to tell you about being on the other end of the chair. I think that it is important for us as stylist to educate you on the difference between coloring clean hair as opposed to unwashed hair. And how you can get more out of your visit if you go through your regular styling routine before having a haircut, especially when seeing a stylist for the first time.
Let’s talk about color first. The best thing that you can do is to come in with clean dry hair. Technology today allows us to color the hair gently and with ease. We use Redken Professional Hair Color and Redken Ammonia Free Chromatics Hair Color . Contrary to what you may have heard color takes best on a clean head of hair. When your hair is dirty, it has a build-up of natural oils (which is not a bad thing any other day) and dirt caused by all of the other elements in the air including any product that you may be using such as hair spray, gel, dry shampoo, etc.
If you are coloring your hair to cover grey, then a permanent color is most likely going to be used. Permanent color is designed to open up the cuticle (the outer layer of hair) and allow color to work its way into the cortex and deposit the desired color. By not washing your hair for a few days before coloring, you are putting up a shield over your hair which makes it difficult to break through and do its job properly.
The same goes for highlighting. The product used for highlighting is designed to remove pigment making hair lighter. By not washing your hair first that same “shield” is going to slow down the product and quite possibly not give you highlights in the tone or as light as you may have wanted. Color is designed to break through layers of hair, it is not designed to break through added layers created by oils and product.
So now that you have a better understanding of why coloring clean hair is best, I just want to explain briefly why you should take the time to style your hair before going to see your hairdressers.
It’s pretty simple, this gives us a chance to see what your hair looks like when you are styling it yourself at home. It will give you a chance to actually show us what is not working for you and allow us to pin point what needs to be tweaked a bit or changed completely. When you come in with your hair undone, it’s hard for us to see what it looks like after you style it yourself and improve trouble spots. It also helps us see if the products you are using are right for you, and really just allow you to get the absolute most out of your visit that you can!
I hope this has been helpful! Happy Styling,
Words of Wisdom and Professionalism by Jennifer Payne
2 of Jennifer’s happy hair color clients