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5 Tips for Coloring Your Hair for the First Time
Dana Manuel
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If you’re a hair color virgin, chances are you’ve been contemplating getting a dye job for a while now. You might still have some reservations, and we feel you! A bad dye job can be disastrous and will cost more to correct. iamClaire. gives you five important tips you should keep in mind before you have your tresses colored for the first time.

1. Don’t be afraid to experiment.
Dyeing your hair is one way you can express your personality. If you’ve been dreaming about having pastel hair, just go for it! Take it from Google Philippines’ Industry Analyst  Geia Lopez. Watch her video below and get inspired by her hair story.

She shared this inspiring message in a Facebook post:
“Take the leap, you'll love it...Celebrate the hair you love. #DoveItLoveIt”

Take the leap, you'll love it. I've held off on coloring my hair because I feared it would make me look less smart or capable at work (type A geek problems) but one day I just decided to take the leap. Having a head full of color is like revealing a certain side of me to the world without having to say anything. It took a lot of willpower and self confidence to do something so risky for someone so safe and introverted, but I'm glad I did it. :) Celebrate the hair you love. #DoveItLoveIt

2. Consider your skin’s undertone.
As with makeup, your skin’s undertone is key to finding the hair color that will suit you best. This is not a hard rule, but if you want to find the most flattering hair color, go with a shade that matches your undertone. Blonde shades like platinum, silver, and ash will look great on cool or pink undertones. Warm or gold-toned skin looks best with burgundy, auburn, warm brown, dark chocolate, caramel, yellow, and golden shades. A neutral undertone can easily pull off both warm and cool hair shades.

3. Bring pegs for your colorist.
We love a good DIY, but if you're coloring your hair for the first time, it's best to have it done professionally. Start by looking for some #hairspiration on Pinterest or Instagram. Factor in your cut and your natural hair texture. Chances are, the ash blond shade you’ve been eyeing won’t look the same on you as it did on the girl on Instagram who happens to have naturally thick and wavy blonde hair. Show your hair pegs to your colorist so they can advise you if it's doable and walk you through the transformation process.

4. Steer clear from sun and chlorine.
It might be a good idea to keep your hair protected from the sun. UV rays can actually cause your hair color to fade faster. The same goes for chlorine so you might want to wear a swimming cap before you jump in a pool. Chlorine also has a tendency to dry hair out and turn bottle-blond hair green. 

5. Use appropriate color after-care products.
Some damage is inevitable when you color your hair. Colored strands are also more fragile and prone to breakage. Choose hair products that will prevent color fading and restore your hair's vibrancy and health. Dove's Intense Repair Shampoo is great for everyday use because it leaves the hair strong, soft, and smooth.

Are you coloring your hair for the first time? Share your hair story with us in the comments or post your selfie on Instagram and tag us @iamClaireph.