Obviously, there is more to it than a simple yes or no answer. In today’s age, there are so many choices and so much information out there. As a society, the value of a woman is placed in her beauty. Beauty is often defined as looking young and vibrant.  We as a population are expected to keep up our appearances or fear destruction of life as we know it. This could affect our marriages, our career, and our relationship with our children. This is a whole other story all together the social norms of what is beautiful. Putting that aside,  let’s focus on the skinny of hair philosophy.

What are the dynamics of health and wellness of hair? Is coloring bad for your hair? This is the age-old question. The simple answer is “it depends”. The unknown phenomenon is dependent upon how the coloring is done and what type of color is used.

Learning the questions to ask your stylist will help you avoid coloring mishaps such as walking out of the salon in a new hue of green unless that is what you intended.

1. The choice of product used defines the first step to having healthy hair.  

No, you don’t need to have a degree in chemistry to get your hair colored, but there are some very simple things to know.

• Is the color-line very high in ammonia?

• What does the color-line use for conditioning fillers?

• Are they natural and conditioning ingredients, such as flowers and other botanicals?

2. Who is your hairstylist or colorist? 

The stylist will have knowledge and confidence in the product they use and what your hair will or will not be able to withstand. The true key to healthy, beautiful hair is to maintain the integrity of the hair itself. That is why going to a professional is the key. Salespeople at a retail store don’t have the answer to any of these questions that should be asked. Let’s face it, would you go to a lawyer to ask questions about dentistry? Then why go to a grocery store for your hair?

3. What is the tone of the color you are choosing?

If you are naturally a blond with a fair, light complexion dying your hair black may not be your best option in choosing a hair color. Same thing applies if you have dark hair and you want to go light. The processing is different. In some occasions, your hair may need to be stripped of the natural color. In making these decisions, it must be determined will your hair come out the color you desire. Your hair’s natural condition also must be examined as damaged hair should not be bleached. Will your hair actually turn the color you want or is it healthier to do the coloring in a series of appointments.

4. What happens if I have gray hair and or I color my hair myself?

Many people choose to color themselves purely because of cost of going to a salon., As a working mom, I get that, really I do. How many of you have seen the beautiful ash blonde color on the front of the box? You take it home, you try to do the color yourself and it comes out wrong, you’re left with going and getting it fixed. So, not only have you paid for color once and I’m sure had a nice mess in your bathroom, your hair isn’t what you expected. Now your mission is to find a stylist available, willing and capable to fix it, at larger charge for corrective work. This goes along with my original statements about compromising the health and wellness of your hair.

5. Can other products help?

Everything eventually shows thru your hair. This is why the health .and wellness of your hair is so important.  Whether it is internal or external, lack of essential vitamins can cause your hair to react in different ways and affect your overall appearance. Lack of iron or vitamin B, in your diet can cause your hair to fall out resulting in thinning, limp hair.

A lack of elasticity in the hair shaft also causes breakage. Horsetail products can help increase elasticity. Eucalyptus helps to keep and even ph. balance in your hair. Nettle creates a longer, lasting shine. These are just a few examples of how botanicals and health and wellness are a full package.

Uncertainty can be avoided by a simple consultation with a stylist. There are many options available for beautiful, healthy hair at a reasonable cost with good products. Hair coloring is essentially an art. Multi- colors and tones allow a person escape the trap of coloring every three weeks to cover those treacherous roots. Finding the right shades to blend and placement of them is absolutely the key to a great look. Again, not something you can find out in a grocery store.

In conclusion, avoid ruining your hair or damaging it permanently. Your experienced colorist will be able to give you the information you need. What your hair will and won’t be able to handle before the point of any breakage?  Additionally, what color is your hair capable of being without having to first bleach your hair?  Along with all the different placements and colors that your stylist can do as opposed to a drug store box which is limited. Why drink a beer when you can have champagne?