Written by Chenoa Copeland, Hairstylist at Urban Betty Salon

Fashion color have become very popular as of late and I get a lot of questions from my clients about this. So, if your find yourself perusing through Pinterest for Katy Perry’s emerald green or Kelly Osbourne’s muted lavender, there are some things you should be aware of.

Achieving these colors is no easy feat and requires some finesse. Many of the beautiful heads of hair you see online are photo enhanced, or might be colored extensions or even wigs. So remember how important it is to talk with your stylist about how realistic your expectations might be for your hair.

Most visits require a pre-lightening service before your desired shade is applied. The type of pigment that makes up this color is known as direct dye or stain. The color molecules are larger than that of permanent color and never truly penetrate the cuticle of the hair. This may pose a problem after leaving the salon. You might find some hues of color on your towel, in your shower, or on your clothes. It’s important to have a glaze or treatment after your color is applied to seal in the color as best as possible. This doesn’t always solve the issue of bleeding, but it is very helpful!

Fashion colors last between 3-4 weeks depending on how often you shampoo. It’s best to use color safe or sulfate free shampoo and very cold water.

This trend is really fun and it’s exciting to see the changes that take place after each home shampoo, but it requires a lot of upkeep. If you aren’t quite sure you’re ready to commit, try using colored hair chalk or snap in extensions!