We got the expert scoop.
We show up to our hair color appointments with a laundry list of questions we want answered, but have you ever wondered what the experts wished we knew ahead of time? We tapped Expert Colorist and L'Oréal Professionnel Artist Daniel Mason Jones to give us the scoop on what most clients should know before sitting in that chair.
1. Don't Fall for the Myths
A popular myth circulating the beauty sphere is that hair color damages the hair. Jones says not quite. "We have come such a long way with technology and information, it is almost impossible to damage hair with professional coloring," he says. Another myth he does not want you to believe? That permanent hair color is actually permanent, as in you'll be stuck with it forever. "Hair will continue to grow after the color service, creating the need for another service in 4 to 5 weeks," Jones says. "This is a commonly asked question in the salon."
As far as hair color myths go, there are dozens upon dozens that you may hear through the grapevine. If what Jones says is any indication, you should always consult a professional with your questions for the most accurate answer.
2. Don't Skip a Consultation
Think a consultation with your colorist is a waste of time? Think again! "Creating a perfect strategy for each individual guest is very important," Jones says. "Sometimes when a guest brings in a photo of something that is unrealistic, I explain the professional process and at-home hair care needed to achieve this long-term result." In other words, you could end up leaving your consultation with an entirely new perspective and goal. Be sure to take the time to discuss your expectations and maintenance goals with your colorist for the best possible outcome.
3. Be Picky with Choosing Your Professional
There are no shortage of professional hair colorists out there from which to choose. Just because the options are plentiful, does not mean you should pick one haphazardly. "Look for a stylist that has a credible Instagram or Facebook page representing their work and artistry within that salon," Jones says. "This is the new way of doing business."