Coloring your hair is exciting. Half the reason I became a colorist was I had so much fun having my own hair changed to every shade I could think of. However, depending on what color or service you choose, you could be committing yourself to trips to the colorist every other week, or you could go the other way and choose a hue that will mean you won’t have to go back to the salon for 6 months. Knowing what is right for your lifestyle will ensure you are happy with your decision and don’t end up regretting your choices by the time you get back to your own vanity Click the notes for more. –– Kelly Rowe 

High Maintenance – $$$ –

Double Process Blondes: Plan to be in the salon every 2-3 weeks for a root retouch and reapplied glaze.

Permanent color more than 2 levels from your natural: Because you are further from your natural color the outgrowth is very visible, retouches will be needed every 4-6 weeks.

100% White Coverage:  If you are 100% white the outgrowth is going to look translucent, making your colored hair look like it is growing above your scalp. Plan to become best friends with your colorist.

Pastels: Pastels notoriously fade quick, consistent glazes every 3 weeks will be needed to maintain the tone.


Medium Maintenance – $$ –

Classic Highlights (foils): Highlighting allows for a more natural outgrowth but there is still a slight line of demarcation, retouch foils will be needed about every 3 months.

Demi Permanent Color (glazes, toners, glosses): These are meant to fade in about 2 months so in order to keep the tone or shine you will have to have them reapplied every 8-10 weeks.


Low Maintenance – $ –

Hair Painting and Balayage: The greatest part about hair painting is the initial investment will last you months. Hair is painted on ends and faded towards root. Because it is not directly on the root the look is natural and there is little to no outgrowth. Keep the look fresh by having it repainted every 4 months or really extend it to twice a year!

Semi Permanent: If you are thinking semi permanent is high maintenance because you will have to keep reapplying you are wrong because then you would just get a more permanent color. Semi permanent color will wash out in about 6-8 shampoos, is an ultra quick service in the salon, and is cost effective.


By Kelly Rowe. Kelly Rowe is a professional hair stylist in NYC and a regular contributer to Style Noted.

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