It’s quite exciting when you’ve made a decision to colour your hair. Now all you have to do is decide whether you’re going to do the treatment at home or opt for a trip to the hair salon! Once the colour has taken you might not be completely happy with the shade – so now you need to know just how often should you colour your hair to avoid any permanent damage…
Any chemical procedure can cause harm so exposing your hair to this more than is necessary isn’t advisable. Too frequent colouring can cause split ends and hair breakage damage to the hair shaft, and loss of shine. The condition of your hair after the treatment is also another factor to take into account – you don’t want to rush into colouring again if your first attempt left you with some issues.
So how often should I colour my hair?
The minimum amount of time recommended between colours is four weeks, but a safer option is really six to seven. If you deep condition every few days following your treatment, your hair should soon recover from any damage.
Remember that if you have a single process colour, which is when colour is applied to every hair on your head, this will need more frequent colouring than a semi-permanent option which grows in and fades out with virtually no regrowth, so will only need touching up a few times a year.
Highlights can be put into hair by foiling techniques where sections of hair are woven out and hair colour applied to those strands. Subtle highlights can be re-done from about two to four months.
If highlights are hand painted and make the colour heavier at the ends, or ombre techniques give you dark roots and light ends, you can happily leave any re-colouring for four months or so. You can make your colour last longer by using products at home such as powders, crayons, and wands – ask your hair stylist for home options that help!
How often should I colour my roots?
An extreme root is a term given to the difference between the colour you’ve chosen and the colour of your natural hair. So if you’ve got grey hair and you select black as your new shade, you’ll need to have your roots done about every three weeks.
Ideally, you should be touching up your roots about every four to six weeks, and try not to leave it longer than eight weeks. Root care is relative to the heat given off by the scalp which speeds up the developing process of the dye. When roots grow past a certain length the colour lifts at different speeds, giving you an uneven look after a six-week timeline.
Your Hair Salon
Why not pay a visit to your local hair design studio and speak to a professional hair colourist? You’ll get all the help and advice you need, and you can guarantee that all the products and solutions used will be luxurious and specifically designed for great results!