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Before You Colour

Tips for getting ready

Pamper Your Locks

When your hair is in top condition, the colour will be more predictable, “take” more easily, look more dimensional, and last longer. To get ready for colouring, indulge your hair with a deep-conditioning treatment a few days before you process it. This is especially important if your hair is naturally dry. Conditioner will help protect your locks from chemical damage and will infuse them with softness and healthy shine. Continue with Vive Pro Colour Vive Conditioning Treatment throughout your colour cycle to protect your new shade and to hydrate your locks.

Keep Natural Oils In

Wash your hair the day before, not the day of, colouring. Doing this enables the natural oils in your scalp to act as a buffer when you are applying haircolour or lightener.

Know the Chemistry

If you just coloured your hair but want to change your look, it’s best to wait at least two weeks before colouring again. This period gives your hair a break from the chemicals and helps prevent damage; it also gives you an opportunity to condition and deep-treat your hair before another application.

Henna and Haircolour

If your hair has been coloured with henna, it’s best to wait until it grows out completely and is cut off before colouring it with permanent, chemically based haircolour. Applying haircolour over henna-coloured hair can produce unpredictable results. Henna is not compatible with chemically based haircolour.

Relaxer, Texturizer, or Perm

If your hair has been relaxed, texturized, or permed, wait two weeks before applying haircolour again. Also, read the L’Oréal product instructions to learn of any cautions or tips.

Be Prepared

Before you start, make sure to read and follow all the instructions on product packaging. Perform a skin-allergy test 48 hours before you are planning to apply haircolour, even if you’ve never had an allergic reaction to haircolour. New allergies can develop suddenly, without warning. Do a strand test by applying colour to a small section of hair before covering your whole head. This will give you an idea of how long to keep on the colour mixture in order to achieve your desired results. It will also give you a preview of what your hair will look like.

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