A semi-permanent hair color will partially wash out over time.

How to Prepare for Salon Hair Coloring

by Mimi Bullock

The journey to beautiful, luxurious-looking hair begins before you arrive at your hair coloring appointment. Leading professionals say that the key to getting the color you want is good communication with your stylist. It helps to come armed with photos of the color you would like to achieve. Coloring your hair requires a true commitment and hair coloring treatments can get pricey. Get the most from your salon visit by prepping your hair a few days before your arrival.

Wash your hair a week before the appointment using a clarifying shampoo. This will give you lots of long-lasting shine and strip away hair product build up.

Treat your hair with a deep conditioning pack two to three days before your hair coloring appointment. Moisturized hair holds pigment better than dry, thirsty hair.

Style your hair as you normally do for your salon visit. This will give your stylist a good idea of how you like to wear your hair.

Items you will need

  • Clarifying shampoo
  • Deep conditioning pack


  • If you plan to go more than two shades lighter or darker than your natural hair color, you may need to progressively color your hair to get your dream shade.


  • If you have a dry scalp, do not shampoo your hair the day of the appointment. A regular shampoo plus salon processing may add to the dryness.

About the Author

Mimi Bullock's writing reflects her love of traveling the back roads of small towns and sampling the local cuisine. As a regular feature writer for "Southern Hospitality Traveler" and journalist for "Beachin' Magazine," she gets to experience the rich heritage of the southern culture. She is also a licensed cosmetologist who has her own skin care line.

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