If you are thinking about going in for an appointment to get your hair colored or highlighted, then there are certain things that you can do to prepare your hair. Making sure that your hair is in the best shape possible before you go in to get it done will help you to ensure that your hair recovers quickly from any damage that happens when it is colored. Your stylist will be able to help you with some of the preparation, and other things will be up to you to do on your own. This article will discuss 3 great tips for preparing to get your hair colored or highlighted at the hair salon.

Get A Deep Conditioning Treatment

Most hair salons offer deep conditioning treatments for any client that is hoping to repair and replenish their hair. Your hair stylist will be able to use a deep conditioning treatment that is specific to your hair needs, and will help to restore it with the most nutrients that it needs. During a deep conditioning treatment, the conditioner is massaged into every stand of your hair, allowing it to benefit each strand. You will then sit under a heated dryer that allows your hair follicles to open and activates the deep conditioning treatment. Once the conditioner has had enough time to become activated and nourish you hair, it will then be rinsed out. You will likely notice an improvement in your hair right away. Also, it is a good idea to get more than one deep conditioning treatment for your hair before you get it colored or highlighted, if at all possible.

Avoid Heat On Your Hair And Use Heat Protectants

Since avoiding any and all damage to your hair before you have it colored or highlighted is so important, you will want to avoid putting heat on your hair whenever possible. This means no blow drying, straightening, curling, etc. However, if you find that you do have to use heat on your hair for a special occasion, be sure to use a heat protectant on your hair before it comes in contact with the heat. This will help to protect it, and will reduce the damage that heat can cause.

Use Specially Made Shampoo And Conditioner For Your Hair 

Have your stylist look at your hair for you and explain to you what your hair is most in need of. Then, ask them what shampoo and conditioner you can use regularly to restore your hair to its healthiest form. For example, if your hair is incredibly dry, have your stylist, recommend some moisturizing shampoo and conditioner that will give your hair some much needed moisture. This can really help to repair your hair and prepare it for coloring or highlights.