You may be looking forward to your hair coloring appointment with your hairstylist. It may be a treat that you are providing yourself at the end of a busy workweek. Here are four things that you should know before you color your hair so that you go into your appointment prepared.

Should a perm or haircut come before or after hair color?

Your hairstylist will probably advise you to get a haircut or perm before your hair color appointment. If you cut your hair before you color, you'll be able to see the full spectrum of the hair color. Additionally, the hair color will enhance your haircut. The same holds true for perms. You should perm your hair first before the appointment to make sure that the products that are used to perm your hair will not change the effects of the hair color products.

What type of hair color is most appropriate?

The answer to this question will depend on your lifestyle. The different types of hair colors last different lengths of time so you should find one that best suits your hair regimen. Permanent hair color is the longest lasting out of the three different types. It will last until your hair grows out or until you cover it with a different hair color. Demi-permanent color will last you through 28 shampoos. In contrast, semi-permanent color will last you through 9 to 12 shampoos.

Can shampoo be applied directly before hair color?

Most likely your hairstylist will probably recommend that you don't shampoo your hair right before you color it. This could remove some of the natural oils that could protect your scalp during the hair coloring process. Ideally, you should shampoo your hair at least 24 hours before you receive a hair coloring treatment.

Will hair type make a difference in the coloring process?

The short answer to this is yes. Hair that is thicker such as coarse hair will take a longer time to absorb hair color then would fine hair. Therefore, the timing for hair color will be longer for coarse than it would be for fine hair.

Getting a hair color treatment at a hair salon is one time when you can sit back, relax, and enjoy being pampered. It is good to know what to expect during this process. The preceding four questions and answers will help you understand this process before you arrive for your appointment.