First time coloring my hair, what should I do to prep my hair?
I think its a good idea to call the stylist and ask if you should come into the salon with dirty or clean hair. I would do a deep conditioning treatment and a protein treatment before you go in. You can find protein treatments at walmart, they are pretty cheap. I use one in a white little pouch with gold writing on it and it really helps my bleached hair feel nice and strong. This is a protein treatment that helps rebuild the hair, but it has conditioners that help moisturize at the same time. I would use something like this before you go so your hair is ready for the treatment. If you have long hair, I would get more than one pouch, or get another type of conditioner to mix with it.
Wash it a minimum of 3 days before, deep condition.
For healthier hair, you should get a very short cut to get rid of the damage and stop creating more damage with extra chemicals.
Honey, if your hair is dry and damaged, coloring it well make it worse..it does not matter how you"prep" to color your hair. If you insist on doing this........DO NOT WASH YOU R HAIR. Go a couple of days (2-3).the hair color will cling to the natural oils in your hair. Let your hair get a little oily... Washing it right before you color it, will damage it heavily.