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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Coloring Hair


Many men and women enjoy changing their look by coloring their hair. Whether you’re considering subtle highlights or a dramatic change of color, you may have questions about the process and how to take care of your hair afterwards.

  1. Q: I’m considering coloring my hair for the first time. Should I try it myself, or visit a professional stylist? A: First-timers should definitely consult with a professional. Find a stylist who specializes in color treatments. He or she will help choose a color that works with your skin tone, and will test to make sure you aren’t allergic to the hair products.

  1. Q: How soon can I wash my hair after coloring it? A: After receiving a color service, wait at least 24 hours before shampooing. Try to wash hair every other day, or less frequently if possible.

  1. Q: What’s the difference between permanent, semi-permanent, and demi-permanent color? A: Permanent color lasts until hair strands grow out. It can lighten hair up to four levels; anything beyond that isn’t recommended, as it can damage hair. Demi-permanent color has low amounts of peroxide, so it lightens hair slightly and lasts through 12-26 washes. Semi-permanent color doesn’t contain peroxide, so it can only darken hair. Color lasts 6-12 shampoos, because it deposits hair color only on the outermost layer of the hair.

  1. Q: Does coloring damage hair? A: If not properly administered, permanent color can cause damage to hair. This is typically due to using incorrect amounts of peroxide, or to constantly changing hair color (over-processing).

  1. Q: Will hair color cover gray hairs? A: Hair color will cover grays if you choose the correct formula for your hair type. Your stylist can help you make the right choice. If your hair is more than 50% gray, a permanent hair color may work best.

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