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Q: How damaging is it to dye your hair blonde? I have very long hair and I've heard horror stories about people who start losing hair when they colour it! What steps should I take to avoid that? — Natasha
A: Natasha, colour is beautiful. It adds flair, bounce and texture, and it enhances the skin tone—but only if it’s balanced and not overdone.
1. Don't Lighten Too Much
If you are just about to start dyeing full colour, then stick to a tone that is close to your natural colour.
2. Use a Gentle Colour
There are a lot of options now. Schwarzkopf has a salon professional line called Essensity, which is organic—you could almost eat that stuff. It will in no way damage your hair, and it will cover your grey about 75 to 85 percent.
3. Protect Your Hair
Highlights are the tricky part. You need to use oil to protect your hair while it’s lifting. I use René Furterer Karité Intense Nourishing Oil.
4. Limit Heat-Styling
To protect your colour, do not over-blast the hair with heat stylers.
Tony Chaar is one of Canada's top celebrity hairstylists and the owner of Tony Chaar Salon at 11 Hazelton Avenue in Toronto. Call 416-920-9965 to book an appointment.