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Preparing For Your First Professional Color Appointment

Having your hair professionally colored at a color studio can be such an incredible experience. The stylists who work at color studios are typically true experts on color and will make sure you walk out with a lovely head of dyed hair. But how do you prepare for such an appointment? It's a good idea to reach out to your stylist in advance and ask them for any specific preparation recommendations they may have. In general, though, you can expect to prepare in the following ways.

Wash your hair.

Hair color sticks best to clean hair. Many stylists will therefore wash your hair before applying color. However, it is still a good idea to go into the salon with a freshly washed head of hair as more residue will be removed with two washes. When you wash your hair, you can use a little conditioner afterwards, but don't use too much. You can wash your hair the night before or just before your appointment.

Remove jewelry, if possible.

If you can remove your earrings and take off your necklaces, do so. This way, there will be fewer things getting in the way of the cape the stylist puts over your shoulders before coloring your hair. You don't have to worry about them catching an earring with their comb, either.

Wear a top without a hood or a big neck.

This is not the time to wear your favorite hoodie or a cowl-neck sweater. These clothing items add a lot of bulk under the styling cape, and they may cause the cape to sit so far off your shoulders that hair color is able to seep under its edge. Wear a simple top with a smooth neckline.

Bring photos.

Spend plenty of time looking at photos of hair color and finding ones that you like. It's okay if you do not like everything about every picture. For instance, you can bring your stylist a certain photo and say "I like the red pieces in this one, but the blue is too dark." Having photos like this to work off of will help them hone in on the perfect color for you. The more inspiration you bring, the better.

If you complete the steps above before your hair color appointment, you should be set up for success. If your stylist needs anything more from you, they will typically let you know when you schedule your visit.

For more information, contact a hair coloring studio near you.