If you’ve decided that you’d like to colour your hair you’ll have to answer the question of whether or not you need to cut your hair prior to colouring. In the majority of cases it’s best to have haircut prior to colouring. However, there are certain instances where there is logical sense for you to colour your hair first. Look at:

Should you colour or cut hair first? Should you do both simultaneously? Do your stylist and colourist need to be working together on a uniform and cohesive style?

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Most of the time, hair colourists and stylists follow one method of colour and haircut. Most stylists who are doing wet-cutting and they will usually colour the hair when it is dry. They will then cut the hair after wash and shampoo have been performed. While this sequence could be more efficient and effective for hair salons but it’s certainly not the most beneficial to your hair.

It is well advised to approach your hair dyeing and haircut it in reverse order which will be cut first then colour. Here’s everything you should know about why cutting first and then colouring could be more beneficial on your own hair.

First Haircut Follow by Hair Colour

There are some clients who prefer to cut their hair first, as they can colour their hair after the cut exactly the way they wish it to be coloured although this approach is against the norm of the hairdressing industry. The first reason is that processing the portion of hair which will be getting cut is an unnecessary and consider a waste of energy, time, bleach and dye material. Additionally the latest trends in colour tend to be more dynamic and not the single-shade, all-over approach, instead, they are more on subtly blended, natural highlights and hues.

At one time, the blonde hair pieces were of the same colour that extended all the way up towards your scalp. Today, on a single streak of hair, you could have three or four various blondes shades and tones. This multi-tonal technique tends to create more natural looking hair colouring and permits clients to have longer period between colour touch-ups. Moreover, such effects requires careful and clever colour placement and highly nuanced on the professional part of the colourist. Using a pair of snipping shears to that level of precision is definitely unprofessional against good hair.

After a dramatic haircut, your options for colour or highlights may alter. Hence it’s best to choose a haircut prior to colouring. In this way, your colourist can know exactly what they will do with your new hair colour. The removal of length of your hair also makes a smoother and easier colour application as healthy hair ends let your hair follicles soak in’ colour faster than hair that’s not cut.

It is a must to cut your hair prior to hair colour if you are transforming from a clean blunt, no-frills, sleek hairstyle to adding lots of layers. Why? Because the layers in your hair will determine the direction in which your hair’s highlights or colour will be placed. Hence after cutting your hair, you will be able to see all the various angles of the hair. focusing on those on the bottom layers, which usually remain in a tucked-in texturing. Additionally, this hairstyle will also help to bring out the dimension of the hair colour when it moves.

Beware of Balayage and Bangs

Specifically for balayage, there maybe a situation where the clients may be getting the bright highlighted bits snipped off, particularly if they do the hair colour first. Balayage highlights placement is strategically position where sun is likely to naturally strike and lighten the hair. Hence if the hair layers are cut into the pattern that already in place, the flow of colour can be disrupted. The result? Fake-looking and blocky highlights.

This can be a problem for those with balayage, highlighted hair or bangs. An overly-short haircut could eradicate any trace of colour left on your fringe, but your colourist might have a solution. Colourists can perform an progressive colour technique to ensure that the hair colour stays fresh on in the fringe region as they are aware that the fringe will grow out and cut subsequently. In particular, with the ‘Birkin Bang situation that everyone is putting on, certain clients prefer to look more flattering if their fringe is placed with a bit of light.

To prevent awkward trimmings, the colourist can apply “a couple different levels of lightness” into the bangs. The initial bang trim, about half of the fringe is snipped off. Subsequently, in the second or third trim of the bang, the colourist may have to perform a colour reset. For those who love fringe, keep an eye out (and pass the note to your colourist).

In Hera salons, stylists and colourists can prevent issues like unruly bangs or broken balayage from occurring in first place by adopting an integrated approach to the haircut and colour of each client by performing both on the same day. Our colourists do not begin colouring until they’re aware of what is texture, direction and style of the haircut is going to be. The colour is designed to match the haircut’s textures and movement and the way they’ll style it.

It is crucial to find an salon that provides top notch colours and cuts. Also, you should work with a two-person team to complete the whole task done proficiently and professionally.

If this isn’t an option (for instance, even if there’s already a hair stylist or colourist that you like, and they are working at different hair salons, you should always decide to get your hair cut first before getting it bleached, dyed or highlighted (preferably within just a few days). Fundamentally, the cut will always affect the hair colour.