Any professional hair colorist will tell you that one of the biggest considerations when deciding on the best hair color for your hair is the maintenance level they’re comfortable dealing with. And because not every color requires the same amount of maintenance, and if you’re thinking about changing things up, it might be helpful to know how much effort you should put in when it comes to maintaining your chosen hair color. Scroll down and let’s turn down those salon visits from monthly to seasonal!
This article originally appeared on Southern Living.
Try as we might, whenever we sit down in that salon chair to get our hair colored, we can’t help but feel as though we’ve signed our soul over to either monthly touch-ups or heinous roots. The commitment made once getting a high-maintenance color is unlike any other outside the bond of matrimony. When the roots start showing, we’re not always coincidentally booked at the salon that week, nor do we eagerly anticipate the task. When it comes to the Southern beauty law of distraction, we usually think: “Slap on some more lipstick, that’ll do the trick.” Poof! Worries be gone. But, sadly, last time we checked, you can’t cover up bad roots with a fresh swipe of lipstick. (Though, wouldn’t that be nice.) So we’ve been thinking: why don’t we just color our hair strategically in ways that can eliminate the endless hours (and dollars) spent at the salon for upkeep? Turns out there is such a thing, and we like to call it low maintenance hair color. For hassle-free color in general, you should always think twice before going more than two shades lighter or darker than your natural color and never underestimate the power of a good gloss. These low maintenance hair colors show the types of highlights and the right shades that can make your life just a tiny bit easier. It’s officially time to turn those salon trips from monthly to seasonal.
Take a minute and 5 Low-Maintenance Hair Colors that will let you turn down those monthly salon visits!
This warm shade is achieved by blending a few different shades, such as golden blonde, rich caramels, toasty chestnuts, and darker brown for a natural, soft result that grows out flawlessly.
For brunettes, especially darker shades: Instead of going lighter, enhance your brunette locks with warm chestnut lowlights to add depth and dimension. Since the color is so subtle, it’s low maintenance enough to grow out gracefully if you feel like skipping a salon visit.
This term refers to the undertone of your hair, rather than how light or dark the shade is. It’s the opposite of warm, golden undertones; more of a cool undertone. Champagne blonde is an example of an ashy blonde, while ashy browns don’t have the common copper, chestnut, or reddish tint. Ashy color looks great on those with naturally paler skin—throw some striking lipstick on and you’ve got a fall-winter look that won’t quit! It’s about enhancing your natural undertone, and by not fighting it, you won’t require as much maintenance.
This technique is used to create natural-looking highlights using a free-hand painting approach that sweeps on hair color. Each stroke blends into the hair to create a cohesive look. Read: no harsh lines that force you to make that touch-up appointment. These highlights work super well on blonde hair.
Sunkissed Face Framing
This option is great for the most ultra-low maintenance of women, as you’re committing to some super flattering face-framing highlights, but not a full head. It minimizes your touch-up time tremendously! For blondes, go just two shades lighter. For brunettes, choose a caramel or chestnut color a few notches lighter than your natural color.
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