Aside from a new haircut, a new hair color is another way to rock a totally new look. Whether you want to go dramatic (hey, hot pink!) or subtle, you have a ton of options. You just need to make sure you go about your style the right way to minimize damage on your locks!
If you want a subtle new look, you may want to go a shade lighter or darker (in the summer, lighter is generally the one most gals pick–but it’s up to you!). If you’re only changing your hair one shade in either direction, you can easily color it at home. Just be sure to follow all of the instructions on the box! And don’t forget that if your hair is longer than shoulder length (depending on the cut, layers, etc.) you may need more than one box of dye.
If you’re scared of doing anything too permanent, a demipermanent dye may be great for you. It won’t lighten your hair, but it can add tones and darken it–and instead of having to grow out roots, it washes out in about a month’s worth of shampoos.
If you want to try something tricky like highlights, don’t go it alone–get thee to a salon! It’s too tough to do those yourself.
A fun trick to try at home before settling on a permanent hair color? Hair chalk is a new way to test out a new look without any commitment. If you’re fond of rainbow shades but scared of growing brown roots into purple or pink hair, this is a great option for you. And if it turns out you love green streaks, then you can take the plunge into a more long term new look. If you hate ‘em? Shampoo them out!
Once you rock a new hair color, be sure to preserve it. You may want to switch to a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner to keep it from fading.