Whether or not you got the result you were looking for with your last hair appointment, one of the first things you likely did once you were out of the chair was search ‘when to get my next hair appointment.’ As you’ve probably found, that’s a very common question with a longer answer than you might expect.
How Long Should I Wait Between Hair Appointments?
The truth is that this isn’t one right answer to that question. Instead, the answer depends on what sort of treatment you’ve just had done, how much maintenance you’re looking for with your new style or color, and whether you got your desired result.
If you did walk away with your desired result, the standard time between appointments is four to six weeks. This is primarily because hair grows an average of 1/2" a month. Waiting too long between appointments will show your roots where your new hair has grown. If your new shade is fairly close to your natural shade, this is less of an issue, and you may even be able to stretch your appointments out to between six to eight weeks. This works in reverse as well. For example, you’re going platinum blonde, and your natural shade is closer to black, you’ll probably want to stick closer to between four and six weeks, to avoid your roots showing.
If you didn’t walk away with your desired result, then it’s time to start asking yourself some questions. The first should always be ‘is the result I want something that can be achieved in just one visit?’ Ideally, your stylist should be upfront with you and let you know if what you’re looking to do will take multiple appointments before they apply any color to your hair. You and your stylist should be on the same page throughout the process. Sometimes, multiple appointments are necessary to help keep your hair healthy. Color changes can be damaging for hair, especially if it’s a drastic change requiring a lot of bleach or other harsher chemicals.
If your result is ‘close but not quite,’ then it’s best to speak to your stylist about it. Often, a simple change makes a huge difference, and many salons have a policy of giving free corrections so long as they fit certain criteria (such as being within 24 hours of the original appointment, etc.).
High or Low Maintenance?
If you prefer a low-maintenance cut and color, let your stylist know so they can choose the right color type for you. If you don’t have a lot of gray, you may be able to use a semi- or demi-permanent color, which helps keep your hair healthy while making new growth less noticeable.
If you don’t mind spending a couple of hours in the salon each month, a permanent dye will probably be required, especially if the color you’ve picked is any shade of red, which fades the fastest. Whatever you choose, deep conditioning treatments are always recommended when coloring your hair.
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