Should you cut your hair or color it first? Many have found themselves wondering this exact question when scheduling hair appointments. If you've finally scored a session with that sought-after colorist with the impossible waiting list, do you book your trim for before or after? If you're looking to add some highlights but are planning to chop your long locks into a bob in a couple weeks, should you wait to go lighter? To finally get to the bottom of the correct cut and color order, we reached out to an expert who makes this decision daily. Brandon Scott, hair artist at Soon Beauty Lab in New York City, provides cuts and color to his clients and broke down everything we need to know about the right order.
Meet the Expert
Brandon Scott is a senior hair artist at Soon Beauty Lab in New York City. With roots in Chicago, Scott came to New York to pursue his career in hair and uses the city as inspiration for all of his work.
Keep scrolling to learn the correct cut and color order once and for all.
Do You Cut or Color Your Hair First?
вЂњIt honestly depends on what kind of cut or color I'm doing,вЂќ admits Scott. вЂњIf I'm going to be doing a big chop, then I will do a rough, dry cut so I'm not wasting time and product. If it's a huge color change and we are going much lighter, then I prefer to cut after to help get rid of the ends that are now damaged-but I'm a stylist who does both cut and color so I usually just go case by case.вЂќ
When to Cut Your Hair Before Coloring
вЂњIf you are making a huge change to your cut-for example, if you have long locks and you want to chop it off into a bob-then I would definitely do the cut first,вЂќ advises Scott. вЂњAnother case where I'd cut first is if you're going from no layers to adding a ton.вЂќ As for timing, especially if you're seeing someone who provides both the cut and the color, Scott suggests doing the treatments back-to-back. вЂњThere's no reason to wait unless a little change is all you can handle at once.вЂќ
When to Color Your Hair Before Cutting
вЂњI think it's best to cut the hair after if you are a blonde,вЂќ notes Scott. вЂњAs a blonde specialist, it's hard to create bright blondes, platinum blondes, and pastel colors without any damage.вЂќ Scott uses Olaplex every step of the way, but with today's hair trends, he explains that some damage is going to happen no matter what. вЂњI think it's best to cut after so you can clean up any damaged ends.вЂќ Since Scott provides both cut and color, he typically ends up doing the cut right after coloring, but if you see two different stylists, he advises to вЂњwait about a week to give the hair time to bounce back from bleaching so that way you're only removing what needs to be removed.вЂќ
The Biggest Mistakes in Cut and Color Order
вЂњThe biggest mistake I see is clients doing a heavy balayage on their long hair and then wanting a big chop a few weeks later,вЂќ describes Scott. вЂњWhen you do this, the effect of the balayage is ruined because you're chopping off the brightest parts-not to mention you just wasted a couple hundred dollars because now you need your color done again.вЂќ
Keep scrolling to shop Brandon Scott's recommended formulas for keeping your hair healthy after a cut and color session.Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 $28Shop
вЂњThis product is the best way to keep your hair shiny and healthy,вЂќ declares Scott.Oribe Bright Blonde Shampoo $46Shop
вЂњMy favorite toning shampoo conditioner is a tie between Oribe Bright Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner and Kevin Murphy Angel.Rinse,вЂќ Scott says.Kevin Murphy Angel.Rinse $27ShopdpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse $35Shop
вЂњIf you're feeling dull, the dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse is amazing to brighten up your strands,вЂќ advises Scott.
Apple Cider Vinegar is a vinegar made from the juice of fermented apples. It removes product build-up, gets rid of dandruff, fights split-ends, and restores balance to your scalp's pH level.R+Co Analog Cleansing Foam Conditioner $32Shop
вЂњAlso, if you're doing pastel colors or fashion colors, the best way to keep them vibrant is by using a cleansing conditioner. My favorite is Analog Cleansing Foam Condition by R+Co,вЂќ recommends Scott. вЂњIt's honestly my favorite thing.вЂќ
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