Maybe you’re innocently committing these cardinal hair sins, or perhaps you’re feeling a little "I wish I knew how to quit you" about your beauty routine. Either way, your colorist dies a little inside each time you pick up one of these harmful habits. Admitting that you have a problem is the first step to better hair, so take our quiz below to find out if you might be an offender. (Don’t be nervous, we will love you either way!)
When Taylor Swift rocks a new cut, or Rihanna debuts a new hue, it can be tempting to run to your nearest salon with a screengrab in hand. But the best part of a new look isn’t copycatting a celebrity╌it’s embracing a trend and making it your own. Talk to your colorist and share the looks you love, but stay open to variations. Maybe a bold pop of color from roots to tips would look great with your skin tone, but you might be better off dipping your ends or dying your roots with something a little less permanent. There are so many ways to incorporate color into your look, so let a professional help you find the best version for you!
Dating around can be fun, but if you want someone to truly understand you (the real you!) you’ve gotta get serious. The same goes for your colorist. If you’re constantly changing from one to the next with every new shade, you’re not going to get the results you want. It often takes time to build your desired hue, and it’s best to work with a professional who understands the composition of your hair, so find a colorist you vibe with and stick with them, okay?
We see you nodding your head while your mind is off imagining ways to show off your new look. And while we totally appreciate your enthusiasm, you’re going to want to pay attention to this part! It’s essential that you use color care products and ultra-rich shampoos, conditioners and masks to keep your locks hydrated and protected. Because when you find that look you love, you want it to last as long as possible!
If you could do your colorist one itsy bitsy favor, they’d give anything to have you stop using box colors. Just. Please. They’ve seen it time and time again╌you try to correct a fading color by plopping on a darker hue, and then they need to strip the color from your hair and start all over again. While it’s painful for them (and you!) your hair is the one that pays the ultimate price. So just skip that yucky middle part and come to a professional first for any color concerns or needs. You’ll be grateful for it, and so will they.
Cuts╌and particularly colors╌are not one size fits all. So go ahead╌bring every image you can possibly Google to the salon, but just make sure you keep an open mind. Your skin tone, eye color, hair composition, cut and everything in between is going to affect the way the color looks on you. So if you have naturally rich, black hair, please don’t expect to leave the salon in one visit with perfect Barbie doll blonde. Trust a professional to set up the right color plan for you, and if you’re going for a bold change, expect that it may take a few visits to achieve the look you want.
How did you do?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you might be a hair color offender. But don’t worry╌there’s help! Make an appointment with your local Paul Mitchell School or salon for a customized color plan and expert advice.
Congratulations, you’re one step closer to a healthy relationship with your colorist and your hair!