5 Things to Consider Before Going Darker
1. Don't forget your brows!
If you are transitioning from blonde to a very dark brown, for example, you may need to either get a terrific new product to fill in your eyebrows or dye your eyebrows to match your new hair color. Considering the proximity of your eyes to all of those chemicals, eyebrow dyeing is something that should never be attempted at home; therefore, if you want the results to be long-lasting, you should consult a professional.
The word "blonde" or "lightening up" comes to mind for the majority of people when they think about summer hairstyles, but this doesn't have to be the case. Why not experiment with something new and aim for a darker tone? A stunning and dramatic appearance for the summertime would be a nice switch-up.
2. Regular maintenance can be tedious.
If you go a shade or two darker than your natural hue, maintaining the look shouldn't be too difficult. If the shift is significant enough, you may be able to trace its origins. You'll probably need to have a touch-up every three to four weeks to maintain the vibrancy of your color and conceal the appearance of your roots. In the interim, you can give it some color by applying a gorgeous glaze over it. Sound like you? Click here to schedule!
3. Although going lighter is not impossible, it may be a lengthy process.
Darkening your hair is a commitment. After you've gone to a dark color, it's a little difficult to go back to your natural color. It's not only difficult to accomplish (nearly impossible to avoid the dreaded brassy stage), but it is also highly taxing on your hair. If you frequently alter the color of your hair, you may want to consider a dimensional look. For example, rather than aiming for a single, uniformly black hue, you could add some lowlights that are two to three shades lighter than your all-over color.
4. You may need to adjust how you apply your makeup.
When you dye your hair darker, the makeup that looked excellent when it was lighter may look too harsh (or not give the *pop* that it used to) when it is dyed darker. This is because darker hair absorbs more pigment from the makeup. Try swapping out your pink blush with a light bronzer if you find that it gives you an appearance that is too "Snow White"-ish. And play around with some different shades of eyeshadow. You kind of have to be open to trying new things, and keep in mind that a sharp cat-eye always looks nice.
5. It may take a little bit of time to get used to.
Any significant alteration to one's hairstyle may result in a number of issues that we, at Salon Evolve, refer to as a "Brain Blip"- when your mind has become so accustomed to perceiving yourself in a certain manner that any significant change catches you off guard and you think things like, "I don't know who I am anymore" or "Goodness, I've changed! This is a bad!" Remember that there is absolutely nothing wrong with the way that you present yourself OR with trying new things! It may just take a little getting used to. ;)
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