Hair Color Expert Jennifer J. Answers Your Questions

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Our goal is to bring you the latest and greatest beauty tips from leading experts. That means giving you the opportunity to directly ask experts your questions through live chats on Facebook. Recently, we brought in Beverly Hills, CA, hair color expert Jennifer J. to answer your questions. Here are some of her best tips from the party:

What are your tips to make your hair color last as long as possible?
After coloring your hair, wait to wash it for at least 48 hours so you can allow the hair color to set. Then, you definitely need a great color-safe shampoo and conditioner that will help prolong your hair color and not strip your color.

I’m going to dye my hair ombré at a salon soon. Any tips for how to get it right for dark hair?
The perfect Ombré look is a LOT of work if you have dark hair to begin with. What makes it look so carefree is that it looks like you have perfect looking highlights growing out. I would really recommend that you find a colorist that you really trust and that will put in all the effort that you need in order for it to look perfect. You will need a few hours and spend the money to get it done right. You won’t regret it and it will look great for months.

My hair is damaged from bleaching it and now my ends are fried. Should I cut a few inches and start over?
It’s really hard to get hair back into shape after it’s been traumatized by over-bleaching. I would recommend that you deep condition your hair and trim it and see how you do. Don’t make any quick decisions about chopping your hair that you might regret later!

My gray hairs start to show up just a week after dyeing my hair. What should I do?
I know this might sound weird, but a semi-permanent color might really work for you. It won’t cover your grays 100 percent but it will camouflage them enough that you won’t see them, there might be a little translucency but that will be your friend. Then, when your roots grow out a little, the line between the colored hair and your gray roots won’t be as harsh. Also, Wella makes a new color line called Illumina that is really gentle and will give you that translucency as well but will give you the ability to lift your natural color as well when coloring.

Do you have any tips for keeping lowlights from fading?
Lowlights fade. I rarely ever do them in the salon because of this reason. They take time, cost money and only last a week or two before they fade or oxidize. I recommend not over highlighting to begin with so your hair color gives you the depth you need instead of having to lowlight and doing it artificially.

What’s the best hair dye to use if you have a sensitive scalp?
If you have a sensitive scalp, add a Sweet’N Low into your color before coloring your roots, it’s a polymer and will protect your scalp!

Hope these tips are helpful! To see what else Jennifer J. had to say, check out our Facebook chat.

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