hair dresserMany Americans go to a local hair salon when they’re feeling adventurous or in need of a change. According to a survey, up to 44% of those who decided to change their hair color or style said they did so out of boredom. And why not?

Coloring your hair and changing up your style is a non-permanent way to make yourself feel brand new and more confident. It’s why one out of every three women will change their hair coloring or receive hair extensions after a breakup.

However, many women also end up regretting certain changes to their hair because they weren’t well-informed about their decision before making the change. Therefore, to guarantee your satisfaction with your new style, here are some of the most common questions about hair colors and styles answered.

How light can you go before the color stops complementing your skin tone?
It’s typically recommended for those looking to change their hair color at a local hair salon to only go two shades darker or lighter than your natural hair color. This will ensure that the color still looks natural and matches your eyebrows. It also helps to guarantee that the color will match your skin tone since it’s closer to your natural color.

However, depending on how dark or light you want to go, it’s always a good idea to talk to your hair dresser. Hair dressers are trained in hair styling and will be able to give you a professional opinion on what colors would or wouldn’t work for you.

And, more importantly, hair dressers will be able to determine whether or not your hair is capable of achieving the color you’re looking to go for. If your hair is naturally dark, attempting to go platinum blonde might require a lot of product that could result in damaging your hair.

What’s the process for more fashionable hair colors like pink or purple?
You’ll need to bleach your hair first to achieve a light blonde color before you can dye your hair pink, purple, or another fashion hair color. Without the use of bleach, the color won’t look as vibrant or may not show up at all.

Additionally, colors such as turquoise, purple, or pink tend to fade incredibly fast. Therefore, if you choose to go this route for hair dye you’ll need to maintain the color every few weeks or so in order to keep the color looking vibrant.

How do I keep my ends from fading faster than the rest of my hair?
Hair dye naturally fades over time, but you can help to maintain its sheen and vibrancy by using conditioner to moisturize your hair. You can also ask your hair dressers to apply a gloss during your hair coloring to keep the color looking shiny and healthy on a daily basis rather than drab and faded over time.

Changing your hairstyle and color can improve your confidence if you do it right. Contact your hair salon for a more in-depth and professional opinion on which color or style would look best on you.