The Right Way To Go From Light To Dark
Currently have light hair color? Something about the summer months has us all desiring to have light hair color, but now that we’re in the last few weeks of summer most of us are starting to get the itch to color our hair a darker hue. The truth is a right and wrong way to go about this hair color transition and if you want to keep your hair healthy throughout the process, you’re going to want to apply the right way to go from light to dark.
Choosing the Initial Tone
Light hair color can’t just be easily transformed into a darker hair color. Experts stress that anytime you’re looking to go from light to dark your hair needs to be given a tone before the actual desired dark hair color is applied. When the tone isn’t applied to hair before the darker hue, it’s common to end up with an ashy hair color finish. The toning step helps to provide a fill or, tone really to your hair so that the darker hue is able to be placed and applied in a way that will give you the results you’re hoping for. Most often gold/yellow or red tones are used prior to the darker hair color, it really depends upon your desired hair color option to determine the initial toning color.
Go to an Expert
As much progress that’s been made in at home hair coloring options, they simply don’t replace heading into the salon. We know, it can seem like a time saver to just do it at home when you’re doing other things but when you’re making a transition that’s as drastic as going from light to dark your best bet is to go to the experts. Experts are able to help you go through the process and take the necessary precautions to keep your hair as healthy as possible. Of course this does determine on whether or not you’ve truly chosen an expert for this process. We suggest doing your research and asking for referrals when choosing your colorist. Most colorists should offer a complimentary consultation to help you ensure that you’re comfortable with the colorist prior to booking.
It Takes a Few Appointments
Depending upon how light your hair is and how dark you want it to be will determine how many appointments you need to get from point A to point B. More often than not, you’re going to need more than one appointment to color your hair in stages to slowly progress from the light color to become darker. When hair is colored too drastically different in a short period of time (like in one appointment/treatment) it can be incredibly damaging to your hair. We know you want to keep your hair healthy throughout the process, so have a conversation with your colorist to determine the number of treatments that’s going to be required to help you get your desired hair color while maintaining healthy hair.