I am uniquely qualified to discuss hair color, as I’m pretty sure I’ve tried everything and made every mistake in the book. I’ve gone dark; I’ve gone light. I’ve dyed my hair in a box; I’ve dyed my hair in a salon.I dyed it until it broke off in chunks and I had to shave it off. Yup, I’ve pretty much done everything. And yet never once did I really stop to consider any of the question to ask before dyeing your hair? The important things, that is — not whether to buy the $14.99 box of dye or the one that's on sale for $9.99.
It’s actually not the most complicated thought process in the world. The three main things to consider are the shade you’re looking for, whether your hair is healthy enough to withstand a dye job, and how your budget figures into the process. All of these things can be discussed with a stylist — ideally one who cares about your needs, that is. “This is a relationship about communication, and the more clearly you can get your vision across, the better,” says Brooke Jordan Hunt, owner and head stylist of The Bird House studio in Brooklyn, New York. Start the dialogue with the following seven things that everyone should consider when they fantasize about switching hair hues.