More Than Skin Deep: Changing color of hair can be quick but pricey

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Dear Scott: How in the world can celebrities go from blonde hair to dark and back again without their hair falling out? I see them doing this all the time. Anne Hathaway just went blonde and she really looks different. Reese Witherspoon changed her hair from blonde to dark brown. I wish I could do the same thing with mine, but I am afraid it will all fall out. Have products changed so much as to make it where my hair won’t get damaged?

Answer: The first thing anyone thinks about when they want a change with their hair is to get a new haircut. Unless you are going from long to short, the results are usually disappointing.

Most clients come in with short hair. The boring process of growing it out into another style can sometimes make getting something new seem to take forever.

Many people don’t realize that the haircut they are wearing right now can be styled in various ways to help with the everyday boredom. Ask your hairdresser for help. She can give you helpful styling pointers. Sometimes a quick flip instead of turning the hair under can break the routine.

You have hit on a perfect solution to the problem of being in a hair rut. Color can now be changed back and forth without damage. Hair coloring products have improved over the years, making it possible to be blonde, brunette, redhead, and back again at the whim of the client.

Budget can be a factor when making the switch, though. Not every major color change is expensive, but depending on the situation, sometimes multiple processes are needed. It can get pricey. You may also need to have the hair restructured to improve quality and keep it strong. Ask your colorist “how much” if money matters.

Reese Witherspoon’s new color is the biggest change. She played a role in the movie Walk the line in 2005 where she was a brunette, but other than that, it is hard to find photos of her as anything but blonde. It was a great look on her and she looked beautiful as a brunette, but she’s already back to being blonde.

Anne Hathaway is a different story. Her hair is different all the time. Keep in mind that in many cases the magic of cinema can make a wig look like the real thing, but it’s real this time. Her new blonde color brings even more attention to her pixie cut.

Healthy hair and quality coloring products both play a role in successful results. Most important is the knowledge of the colorist. This is the key for successful results.

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