So you decided that you want a color change. The question now is: is your hair ready for that?
There are a few ways to be sure your hair is ready for some color. The first step is to understand how professional color works. The hydrogen peroxide inside color has to lift, or lighten, your natural color in order to deposit another color into it. A single process works best on virgin hair that is healthy and strong.
Healthy hair should be shiny and durable, with a proper balance of strength and moisture. The easiest way to test the health of hair is a strand test, where you tug a single strand of hair in separate directions till it breaks. This is how your stylist should evaluate how strong your hair is and whether or not is has elasticity. How long it takes to snap is what your stylist uses as the final evaluation. Weak or over-processed hair will not take color properly and will most likely break off to an extreme measure. No one wants damage like that.
To be sure your hair is in a healthy condition, always refer to your hair care professional so that they may give you protein treatments or a moisture care regimen. Once the desired strength and health has been returned to your hair, color options can finally be discussed.