June 27, 2022

Does Dying Your Hair Damage It? and Other Common Hair Coloring Questions

Ready to dye your hair for the first time but don’t know where to start? Our hair experts at Aveda Institute Des Moines have answers to the eight most common questions surrounding hair color!

Hair dye brushes surrounding a bottle of hair dye

#1: Should You Color Your Hair Yourself or Go to a Professional?

Always try to book with a licensed professional or cosmetology student performing services under a licensed educator, as they have the expertise on what colors will best suit your unique look. Your stylist will also do a strand test to ensure that hair color is safe for you to use.

#2: Does Coloring Your Hair Damage It?

You may be wondering “does dying your hair damage it?” If the coloring process isn’t done correctly, your hair may experience damage. Getting your hair colored by a licensed hairstylist or cosmetology student performing services under a licensed educator will help prevent damage from hair dye.

The cosmetology licensing requirements are strict to make sure your hair is well-cared for, which is why we always recommend working with a professional or a student studying under a professional.

#3: What’s the Difference between Semi-Permanent, Demi-Permanent, and Permanent Hair Color?

Semi-permanent hair color is only applied to the outermost layer of hair and lasts six to 12 shampoos. Semi-permanent hair color enhances shine and condition, so it’s perfect for anyone who wants to try a new color without the long-term commitment.

Demi-permanent hair color lightens the hair a bit. When the hair color is deposited, it can last for up to 24 washes.

Permanent hair color isn’t removed with shampoo. As your hair grows, you can get touch-ups to freshen up your roots or enhance the vibrancy of your hair color.

#4: Does Hair Color Cover Gray Hair?

Hair color does cover gray hair! For the best results, we recommend using permanent hair color.

#5: How Often Should You Shampoo Your Hair After Getting a Color Service?

You should wait three days to wash your hair after a coloring service. For intense colors, try only washing your hair two to three times a week.

#6: How Long Should You Wait Before Recoloring Your Hair with A Different Color?

Your wait time will depend on the condition of your hair. A hairstylist can determine what your options are before recoloring your hair.

#7: Can You Get Color and Highlights All On the Same Day?

Yes! Your hairstylist will ensure that your hair is in optimal condition to achieve your perfect look.

#8: Can You Lighten Your Hair a Couple of Levels without Bleaching or Stripping the Color?

Bleaching agents are required to lighten hair. Your stylist will determine how much is needed based on how light you want your color to be.

Color Your Hair Today!

Ready to pump up your look? Visit us at Aveda Institute Des Moines to find your perfect color or get the answers to any of your other hair coloring questions by contacting us here.

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