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How to Do a Strand Test

To see how a color will look on your own hair before committing to it, do a strand test. This will allow you to test out the formula on a small amount of your real hair to see how it reacts before trying it on your whole head of hair. It also lets you know if you need to adjust the processing time, so that you can get the color just right.

Don’t Start With Permanent

If you’re using professional at-home hair color for the first time, opt for a semi-permanent or demi-permanent hair color. Once you feel comfortable with coloring your own hair and find a color you love, you can use the formula that best suits your lifestyle. Just remember semi- and demi-permanent hair color will not give you a lighter result, however they are perfect for adding rich tones adding both shine and dimension.

Customize Your Processing Time

Hair color formulas come with a recommended processing time. However, the texture of your hair is important to keep in mind when coloring your hair. When the hair is coarse, gray, or resistant, it takes more time to absorb color, so it requires a longer processing time. When hair is fine, it takes less time to absorb color, so it requires a shorter processing time. Dry and permed hair may absorb color quickly, too. Because of the many variables that can affect timing, always do a strand test first.

Give Hair A Good Rinse

After coloring your hair, always follow with a cool rinse in the shower. The water pressure from the shower head is ideal for completely cleaning your locks, so no leftover formula remains.

Use An After Color Treatment

To lock your new color in, always use an after color treatment, like Ion Color Brilliance After Color Treatment.

Cleanse and Condition With Color-Safe Formulas

To prolong your color for longer, always make sure that you use specialized shampoos and conditioners that are meant for color-treated hair. Our Ion Color Solutions collection has options for lathering up, styling, and more.

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