We all know the girl. Every time you see her, she has a different colour hair. One week it might be streaked with blond highlights, the next it is vibrant red. And so it goes until the day you see her with an extremely short cut or worse yet, a baseball cap. When you ask what happened, she blames it on a colour disaster. She got a hold of a box of colour that had something wrong with it or some similar excuse. But you’ve seen it coming. I mean, how many times can you actually colour your hair without it falling out?

To avoid the same mistake, there are a few simple rules that you should follow. No, you don’t have to be relegated to wearing the same hair colour all of the time. You can change your look every now and then. The key though, is to know when and when not to colour your hair to avoid hair colour burn out.

Before you colour your hair, you should always check it to see if it is strong enough to withstand another colour. There are a few ways that you should do this.

First, shampoo your hair and feel it for overall dryness before you add conditioner. If your hair feels like straw or something other than hair, you should not colour. You can also take an individual hair strand and test it for breakage. Simply apply tension to the hair strand until it breaks. If it breaks easily without stretching, you definitely cannot colour.

Another thing to look for is fading colour. If you have been colouring your hair only to have the colour fade out within a few weeks, your hair is in no condition for further colour. In addition to checking your hair to see if it can be coloured, you should also avoid certain colour combinations to eliminate or reduce damage. When making hair colour changes, avoid drastic differences. For example: Do not lighten your dark brown hair to platinum blonde only to put deep red on it and then try to lighten it again. What you will end up with is mush. You should also wait a good while between hair colours. Wait at least 6 to 8 weeks between root touchups. If you want to change your hair colour completely, you should use the following time guidelines:

Going darker – wait 4 weeks after last colour.

Going lighter – wait 8 weeks after last colour. Always check to see if your hair is strong enough to withstand the bleaching. If in doubt, ask Rachael (our head of hairdressing) 0113 8346861 today.