5 Factors That Affect How Your Hair Takes Color

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Placing your hair in the hands of a professional colorist who understands your needs and wants is crucial. But that’s only part of getting beautiful color. prepping your hair, following your colorist’s instructions and using the right products are critical 
to getting good results. here’s what you need to do for perfect color day after day.

1. The Condition: If It’s Dry/Oily
The drier the hair is, the faster it will drink up color. But, that’s not a good thing because, “it can give undesirable results. The color won’t reflect light properly,” explains colorist Cassi Frielich of Frank Cassi Beauty in Palm Beach, FL. That’s why you need to keep your hair hydrated.

Hair that’s greasy and oily can affect the strength of the color. “If you overuse oil products that get ironed into the hair, like argan oils, they can impede the color from sticking properly to the hair,” says Frielich.

2. The Texture: If It’s Coarse/Fine
The coarser your hair is, the larger in diameter the individual strands are, which equates to longer processing time for the color to absorb.

The finer your hair is, the less  time it takes for hair to absorb and process the color. Your colorist should examine your hair first 
so that he or she knows how to best process the color.

3. The Porosity
The level of porosity in your hair determines how well it can absorb moisture and products, including color. “Porosity is one of the main factors in how hair will take to color. The more conditioned and healthy the hair is, the better the color will take and the longer it will last,” explains Joico celebrity colorist Denis de Souza. Acidic shampoos and conditioners help make hair more even in porosity.

4. The Water You Wash With
“Municipal water has a lot of chlorine, minerals and tannins in it that can make brunettes look muddy. If you don’t use a filter, the color won’t adhere to the hair itself but rather the minerals,” Frielich explains. “When the minerals are rinsed away, the color gets rinsed away, too.”

5. The Treatments You Have Done
Let your colorist know about anything chemical based that’s been used on your hair within the last year. “This includes services that you have treated your hair with since they can affect the outcome of your color,” says de Souza. It’s especially important to divulge if a chemical straightener has been used since it can cause the hair to grab color differently and can make it seem darker. If you’ve had a Japanese straightening treatment, make sure that only ammonia-free color is used, otherwise it can alter the texture of your hair.

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