Making A Major Hair Color Change

Contrary to popular belief, it isn't all that easy to go from light hair to dark, or vice versa. Drastic color changes should never be done at home-they often require several appointments with a color professional.

This is especially true with lightening your hair, like Emma Stone recently did, as the process breaks the integrity and strength of the hair bond. And if you're lightening hair more than three shades, chances are you'll need a double-process color.

Regardless of what direction you're going in, several factors need to be taken into consideration in order to ensure successful results. Your colorist should ask you about your hair's history over the past two years so he or she can understand what's currently in your hair, what your natural color is, and what has to be done in order to get your hair to the desired color.

Before making a major color change, you should prep your hair for a few days by using a clarifying shampoo, which helps to strip away existing color and make it easier to recolor. And if you're not happy with the end result, ask your stylist for lowlights to add darkness or highlights to lighten up.

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