All of us are tempted to dye our hair at least once in our lives. Literally all of us. Trust me, I’ve been there & done that- like a million times. But we mostly stop cold in our feet when the whole ‘your hair will be destroyed after you dye them’ dilemma hits us, smack in the face.
So bottom line – should you or should you not dye your hair?
Honestly it doesn’t stop there, with it come a million questions about how will i care for my hair post dyeing it, which shade should i choose, whether or not i can pull it off etc etc. It may not seem like such a big deal, but dyeing one’s hair can feel like quite the re-awakening. Plus it can literally transform your entire look. Don’t believe me?
Ever heard of anyone who’s gone through a tough time or endured a breakup who dyed their hair? Or someone who simply changed their hue for a new job, can attest to the magical transformatory powers of a new look. It makes you feel brand new and studies show that changing the way you look can have a psychological effect on your overall mental well-being.
Here are a few things you should consider before you are about to dye your hair
1.YOUR SKIN TONE & EYE COLOR
Complimenting hues and not contradicting ones are super important when it comes to choosing a hair color. Always remember to choose a shade that will go well with your skin tone and eye color. If you want a more natural look you will need to consider what color will go best with your face. Whether you should go for streaks, high-light, low-lights or a full-head dye all depends on your own preferences.
Neutral Skin Tone – Go for warm or cool blonde-ish shades.
Olive Skin Tone – Go for gold tones, which bring more warmth to your skin.
Warm Skin Tone – Go for more cooler shades as warmer shades might make your whole face look all pink & flushed.
2. HAVE REALISTIC FINAL-COLOR EXPECTATIONS
It is very important to remember that the flawless final color you are imagining in your head- after looking at a color chart or on the top of the hair dye box -will very rarely come out as you have been promised. The major reason behind this is that Asian hair are usually dark in color. We have all the hues of black to brown & even light shades of each.
Coloring dark colored hair (like ours) is harder than coloring light colored hair (such as blonde hair)
3. HAIR DAMAGE CAN BE AVOIDED
Yes, dyeing your hair can damage them but it can also be avoided by if you are extra careful in following a pre & post hair-treatment regime. Dyeing your hair 1 or 2 shades lighter than your original color isn’t bad at all, but going way lighter than that is a pretty big commitment. Not only can it drastically change your entire outlook by also can be very rough on your hair.
Going lighter requires a ‘cut-down’ in your original shade. That cut-down is done via bleach. Any bleaching agent used on your hair can not only damage your hair follicle but can also strip hair of its nutrients and make it seem lifeless/dull.
If you’re thinking of going for a more drastic color change then plan on sticking with it for quite a while. Expose your hair to as little bleaching as possible. Choosing a shade closer to your original color is also one way of significantly reducing hair damage.
Pro Tip: Oiling is a crucial part of looking after dyed hair. If you religiously oil them, the damage brought to your hair will reduce quite significantly.
4. UPKEEP & MAINTENANCE IS EXPENSIVE
Another thing you need to be mindful of while getting your hair dyed is the fact that you will have to maintain it. Period. Otherwise they’ll look super untidy. A Root-touch is mandatory for shades much lighter than your own because when your original colored roots grow out, they will stick out like a sore thumb.
5. THE LIGHTER THE COLOR THE QUICKER IT FADES
Having experienced this first-hand, it’s totally true when they say that the lighter you go the quicker it’ll fade. I could actually see the Color get lighter every time I washed my hair (I dyed my hair burgundy red and when I’d be rinsing my hair after shampooing them, light pink colored liquid would twirl down the drain). Also when lighter colored hair fades, it gives more of a washed out appearance. Upkeep & maintenance is a tad bit more demanding for lighter hair.
(Tip: if you really want to go for light colored hair but don’t want the risk of hair damage that comes with it try streaks or highlights for your hair. They do require a cut-down but it’s on more smaller/limited sections of your hair and you can get away even with only a half-head streak. Comparatively it’s less damaging and way lighter on your wallet!
6. SWITCHING UP YOUR MAKEUP ROUTINE
A lot of things that looked better with your original hair color, might not look all the rage with your new jam. This includes your makeup preferences as well. The makeup that looked oh so good with lighter hair may look too harsh with darker hair (or maybe even not harsh enough). If your’e willing to go visibly lighter then be prepared to switch things up a bit in this department as well. Being open to experimentation will help you find what suits you best.
If you’re okay with the calculated risk of all the things mentioned above, then I’d say definitely go for it! It couldn’t hurt to get them color-treated once a while. Happy dyeing!