hair coloringDid you know that the majority of women will have an average of three different hair colors of the the course of their lives? It’s one of the most popular forms of personal expression, and one of the easiest to access.

That being said, it’s also not something you should go into without giving it plenty of thought first. Whether you’re a newcomer to the world of hair coloring or you’re thinking about making a drastic change to your current hair color, here are a few questions you should be asking before you invest in hair coloring tools.

Should I go to a professional?
The answer to this question is absolutely yes. A DIY box dye might color your hair, but you’re guaranteed to have high-quality products at your disposal when you invest in a professional hair coloring salon service. Not only that, but a hair stylist will have extensive knowledge of color that you might not even think about.

Will hair color damage my natural hair?
If you want to go lighter, you’ll have to pull the dark color out of your hair. The bleaching process will damage your hair, but stylists at hair salons will do all they can to make the damage minimal. Going darker, however, won’t have as much of an effect on your natural hair, as none of the original color needs to be lifted out.

Should I go permanent or demi-permanent?
If you want to test out a darker color before committing completely, demi-permanent is a great way to go. Demi-permanent hair color will last anywhere from 12 to 26 washes, so it’s an excellent method of “sampling” a hair color. It will fade naturally from your hair as you continue to wash it, whereas permanent hair color will stay until your roots come back in.

Will I need to change my hair care routine?
Most likely, yes. Coloring your hair, while a nice way to express yourself, also dries out your hair and requires a bit of extra TLC for intense colors like red.

No matter what hair color you choose, if you ask yourself these questions you should be just fine.