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4 Questions to Ask Your Stylist Before Committing to Hair Color

Expert colorists share the most important questions to ask yourself and your stylists before committing to a color change
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Blowouts and fancy intricate braids are nice but sometimes they just don't suffice when it comes to spicing up your hair. When you're in a rut or feeling bold enough to try something new, hair color is most often the first thing that comes to mind. While coloring your strands is fun and exciting, most women don't realize the commitment it takes to care for colored hair. It's more than rocking a vibrant hue, it takes commitment, maintenance and upkeep to keep your color fresh and your locks healthy.

We enlisted some expert hair colorists to answer your most frequently asked questions when it comes to color commitment. Read on for their best hair color advice.

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Should I opt for at-home color or visit a salon?
A common concern for women is deciding between at-home or professional hair color. "Most of the time, the decision between at-home color and salon color depends on where you live and the costs," says Jonathan Colombini, L'Oreal Paris celebrity hairstylist and colorist. While box color is the more affordable option, professional color uses techniques that are put in place to protect hair from unnecessary damage.

Another factor when choosing between box and salon color is the hue you're dying your hair. If you're hoping to lighten your color, a salon is your best bet. "It is easy to go deeper, but going brighter requires bleach, which can damage the hair if not done properly," Colombini says. The bottom line is, choose whichever option works best for your lifestyle, but beware that bleaching or lifting the hair is best done by a professional.

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Is hair color safe for all hair types?
It's important to know that results can vary depending on your hair type. "Coarse hair generally takes more time to absorb color, so it requires a longer time, while fine hair takes less time to absorb the color," Colombini says. So if you have coarse, textured or thick hair, take note that it may take a longer period of time for your color to set.

Whether you're getting highlights, ombre or permanent color, consulting with your stylist beforehand will limit unexpected surprises and ensure you are both on the same page so you are confident with your color and overall hair health.

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What maintenance or expenses are involved?
While we'd like to pay a one-time fee and call it a day, hair color takes regular maintenance. There are touch-ups, color-specific hair products and sometimes toning and correcting appointments that are needed. Color and touch-ups can cost anywhere from $50 to well over $150, depending on where you live and which salon you choose. If you're choosing a bright or vivid hue, you'll likely require more frequent touch-ups and maintenance.

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What if I want to try color but I don't want to commit?
So you've decided that you want the color, but aren't quite ready to commit? There are plenty of options out there that can suit your needs without the full commitment of permanent color. For color that lasts a day or two, try a color spray or hair chalk. These are easy ways to add color and rinse out whenever you're ready for a change. If you're looking for an all-over color change, try finding a quality wig with human hair. While the idea might seem a bit out of the box, it's a great way to see how the color complements your skin tone without ending with a big oops.

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