Visiting the hair salon for a haircut is somewhat different from visiting to have your hair colored. So, if you are about to have your hair professionally colored for the first time, you may be wondering what, exactly, you can expect — and also what you'll be expected to do. The good news is, getting your hair colored is quite easy for the client, and there are really only a few tips you need to follow.
Have a good idea of what you want beforehand
You do not have to know exactly what color you want before your appointment as your stylist can work with you to make that choice. However, you should have a general idea of what you want. Bring some photos of colors you like, and have a short list of options. This way, your stylist won't have to spend quite as much time discussing options with you and will have more time to focus on your hair.
Ask for a quote beforehand
The prices of hair coloring services can vary widely. It can cost a lot more to have balayage or multi-tonal color than to have one solid color put into your hair. Some stylists post a clear price list, and others set their prices by the job. Either way, you should ask for a quote before you get your hair colored. This way, you won't be shocked by a $200 fee if you were expecting a $100 fee.
Set aside plenty of time
Having your hair colored can take longer than you might think. Especially if you are having a more complicated color application, like balayage, it can take your stylist a half hour or so just to apply the color! Then, you need to sit with the color in your hair for anywhere from a half hour to an hour. Then, it needs to be rinsed out, and then your hair has to be styled and cut. To play it safe, plan on being at the salon for three hours. If you're out in two, you'll be pleasantly surprised. After your first color treatment, you'll have a better idea of how long your particular coloring treatment takes.
With the knowledge above, you should be well equipped to have your hair colored at a hair salon. This can be a lot of fun, and you end up with a whole new hair color at the end!