Dying your hair is always fun and it’s also a great way to kickoff the new year. If you’ve been toying with the idea of coloring your hair, there are some things to consider before you decide to pull the trigger like potential color bleeding, root touch ups, and maybe even skipping shampooing from time to time? Here are some things to keep in mind before you call your hairdresser.

Color Bleeding Is a Thing

If you want to go from brunette to blonde or blonde to copper, you probably don’t have to worry much about color bleeding. However, if you’re thinking about trying a fantasy color, such as red, purple, pink, or blue, you may have to learn to live with bleeding. Your sheets, clothes, coat, and even your skin may be tinged that color for a little while.

Limit Your Sun Exposure

Not only can sun exposure lead to sweating, which leads to hair bleeding, but the sun can do funky things to dyed hair. No matter your color, spending too much time out in the sun can lighten and brighten the shade, which can be disastrous with some colors. This applies to non-colored hair too, so wear a hat and seek out shade!

Water Can Be Dicey

Fantasy colors have bigger color pigments, which means each time hair gets wet, you’re going to lose more color than if you dyed your hair blonde or black. That leads to quick fading. If you plan on spending the day in the pool or the ocean, you might want to have an appointment with your hairdresser booked shortly thereafter.

Limit Shampoos

From platinum blondes to bright blues, water exposure will kill the color. In addition to being careful when swimming, you may want to consider cutting back on how often you wash your hair. To keep your head dry in the shower on days you skip the shampooing, invest in a chic shower cap.

Prepare for Semi-Regular Root Touchups

Depending on your original hair color and the color you get your hair dyed, your roots may be super obvious or may blend in well. If it’s the former, you’re going to become best friends with your hairdresser. While yes, you can pick up root touchup formulas in a drugstore, if you have an interesting color, you’ll have to let the pros hide your roots.